Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Airplane food

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!

14 comments:

the eternal student said...

Your bravery is inspiring! You are certainly right that it's one thing to discuss such matters, another to find yourself on a plan, no looking back... I imagine letting go of all the extraneous 'stuff' was pretty liberating. Kudos to you both, and happy travels!

Carlton said...

Wow, Sounds like a great trip and the food sounds like a nice change from the usual peanuts or pretzels. I'm impressed you already have posted a entry so soon after arriving. Will look forward to hearing about all the food you discover in Thailand and on your travels.

bensbaby116 said...

This is all so fascinating! I would have no idea what I was eating, haha. Whether you decide to keep this blog or start a new one, please keep us updated! Good luck finding jobs and a place to live.

Rebel said...

Yay! And I think I'm putting 2 & 2 together here, is 'Expatriate or Bust' your hubby? Do blog about your experiences... I love hearing about other people going through this craziness. Good luck!

Gabe's Girl said...

How cool to get up and leave for an adventure! Good Luck. I can hardly wait to read about your experiences. I would love to go to Thailand. We just saw Bangkok Dangerous, not a recommendation, just threw it in there (bad movie). My hubby has been. Maybe, one day we can go together *sigh*.

Mary Ellen said...

Wow - what an amazing adventure! Have a great time. Looking forward to reading all about it.

Cathy said...

I can't wait to see all the food updates from Thailand. Good luck with all the job/apartment hunting!

Stephanie said...

I am so excited for you and your husband to embark on this amazing adventure! I so wish my husband and I would do something like this before we have kids. Maybe I'll start talking to him about it! Can't wait to hear all your exciting adventures!

Maria said...

I am so jealous! What an adventure for you guys!! Have fun and keep us posted on everything!

That Girl said...

Bibimbap sounds like Korean hot pot! But without the egg.

Colleen said...

I love that you and your husband are doing this! What a great experience - something a lot of us want to do but never have the courage - can't wait to hear all about it!

Vera said...

Cate, good luck with everything!

Rachael said...

Hey Cate, I spent a month teaching english in a village near Hanoi, so I have food reccomendations for Hanoi if you want them! (And you absolutely must go to Hanoi, it's amazing and beautiful and the food is outstanding).

ashley said...

what a great adventure!!!! have a blast!

stop through Singapore on your way to NZ. its a foodie heaven!