Reverse Culture Shock: Goodbye South Korea, Hello USA!

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I miss living by the ocean and the mountains. I miss being able to go hiking and hear monks chat echo across Palgongsan. I miss feeling anxious, excited, unsure, and overwhelmed– all at the same time. And I definitely miss being able to shop for fresh fruit and vegetables at a corner market in either direction. It doesn’t take long for reverse culture shock to be a genuine hurdle for settling back into life at home. American Reverse Culture Shock is a phenomenon that goes beyond the anticipated cultural adjustments of moving abroad and reintegrating back into life in the USA.

Road Trip: Driving the Fairytale Road in Germany

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Germany is the country of the Brothers Grimm. Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White, Cinderella, Rapunzel, and Sleeping Beauty are some of their most famous fairy tales. You can recapture your childhood and find inspiration in the tales of the Brothers Grimm along the Fairytale Road in Germany. And it’s one of the country’s most scenic drives, too. This scenic route offers a picturesque drive through the country and invites you to delve into the intriguing nuances of the Brothers Grimm’s storytelling. However, be prepared for an experience that may defy your preconceived expectations.

30-Day Road Trip Across America in Marriott Hotels

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Come along on our big trip across the U.S.! We’re hitting the road after living in South Korea for three years. For the next month, we’re crashing at Marriott Hotels everywhere. We’ll be checking out incredible landmarks, catching up with family, and finally settling down in the cornfields of Illinois. Please stick around for 30 days of stories from our journey, where Marriott is our home away from home at every pit stop.

German Weihnachtsmarkts: Why You Should Visit the Christmas Markets in Germany

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Weihnachtsmarkt, Christkindlmarkt, or simply Christmas Markets, hold a significant place in my winter memories in Germany. While the warmth of family during my childhood Christmases in America remains dear to my heart, I can’t help but miss the open-air holiday celebrations in Germany. The enchanting Christmas Markets across the country added a unique magic during the three years I explored them with my husband and children. This chapter undeniably stands out on my list of unforgettable experiences. Allow me to share why.

Christmas Holiday in Spain– Why You Should Go To Andalucia

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It’s a wonderful life. Winter in Europe is wonderful. Christmas Markets alight, festivals delight, and the general slow-down in the daily grind is just… right. However, not surprisingly, the temperature drops around the world. So we are in search of warmth and sunshine and we are heading south. We’re flying to Andalucia in southern Spain for Christmas this winter.

Grand Rapids: Urban Elegance: Cafe Culture and Architecture

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Grand Rapids wasn’t on my radar, but this picturesque urban landscape is full of Victorian, Gothic Revival, Beaux-Arts, and Art Deco styles. Beyond its architectural allure, Grand Rapids boasts cozy cafes like Madcap Cafe on Brianna Taylor Way, where we indulged in a leisurely breakfast, basking in natural light. Additionally, Grand Rapids pays tribute to its influential women through “Women’s Way,” a collection of murals scattered across the city that artfully highlights the stories of prominent local women. Grand Rapids is a city that seamlessly combines urban development with the beauty of the natural world.

Hiking in Daegu, South Korea: Apsan, Gatbawi, and Palgonsan Mountains

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Daegu offers a variety of captivating hiking trails, with three standouts: Apsan Mountain, Gatbawi on Palgonsan Mountain, and Gumi Mountain. Apsan Mountain promises lush landscapes and rewarding panoramic views, Gatbawi features Buddhist statues along a cultural-rich trail, and Gumi Mountain offers breathtaking vistas and a challenging ascent. These trails contribute to Daegu’s vibrant hiking scene, catering to outdoor enthusiasts with diverse landscapes and difficulty levels.

Exploring the Charms of Old Oaks Winery in the Quad Cities

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Old Oak Winery is a beautiful spot on 400 acres of rolling hills. We just moved here, so we don’t know much about the wine region, Self-described as the Napa Valley winery of the Midwest, the winery prides itself on an array of wines blended with grapes from their own vineyard as well as from Napa Valley. Actually, I had no idea they even had a vibrant wine region here in Illinois. With that said, it turned out to be a great place to learn about Midwest wine and grab something good to eat as well.