The beginning of the trip
Back story: A few months ago, my husband and I decided that while life in California was fabulous, we needed some more excitement in our lives. After reading some blogs and books about long-term travel, we decided to sell or pack away most of our belongings, put what we wanted into backpacks, and set out for an international adventure. The timeline for this is still up in the air... we want to have kids sometime before I turn 30 (in 6 years), but in the meantime, we plan to bounce around and see as much of the world as we can. We saved a good chunk of cash, but are also planning on working as we go.
To begin, we bought one-way tickets to Thailand. Now that we are here, we are going to look for jobs (teaching English) and an apartment. I'm not sure how long we'll be here before we set out to explore the rest of SE Asia (and then make our way to New Zealand, hopefully), but it's an adventure I am looking forward to immensely!
I'm still in shock that we actually took the plunge and did it! It's one thing to talk about wanting to do something like this, but it's kind of a shock to wake up in Bangkok and realize how much your life is about to change! I can't wait!
It was easy for us to see that we didn't have much keeping us in the states - no kids, no mortgage, and no long-term careers (I was finishing up my teaching credential, and Mike was working in property development with his dad). We knew that it was pretty much now or never!
I haven't decided what I'm going to do about the blog...I may eventually start a new blog about our travels, but for now I'm going to just keep focusing on food in this one, while providing a little information about our new life over here.
But onto the point of this post: the food!
If you ever have the chance to fly Asiana airlines, do it! The service is amazing and the planes are nice and new.
From Seattle to Seoul, we were served two meals. For the first, we were given a choice between Korean (bibimbap, which I love), and Western (beef stroganoff). I took the bibimbap, and loved the fact that it came with a handy little description (and pictures) of how to eat it, for those who may not know! It consists of various vegetables (bean sprouts, spinach, cucumber slices... and something that seemed to me to be ground beef), served in a bowl. There was also a container of rice, which the pamphlet instructed was to be stirred into the vegetables ("mixing and harmonizing"). The toothpaste-like tube of red pepper paste (like a mild and sweetened version of Siracha) was to be added at the diner's discretion. Also on the tray was some kimchi, brothy fish soup, and steamed squash.
It was better than the usual airplane food, I can say that. And the hot towel before eating was a fantastic touch, too!