Peru: A Two Week Itinerary

Machu Picchu

I’ve always wanted to go to Peru with my dad who was born and raised in Lima. That wish came true this last November and it was everything I had hoped, and more. My husband and I started out on our own and spent time in Cuzco, Ollantaytambo, and Machu Picchu. Then my dad came out to meet us and we took a tour into Manu National Park from Cuzco before finishing our trip in Lima. I spent a lot of time planning our itinerary since we wanted to fit in so many destinations. Below are the results of that planning. Keep in mind that I only plan the big picture and not every moment. Some restaurants were very memorable and I’ve included those, but I didn’t plan much in advance. Read more

Experiments in Watercolors

I got an itch to learn how to watercolor a couple years ago and have been dabbling here and there since then. I started by trying to recreate some patterns I found via Pinterest (mostly flowery ones by Rifle Paper Co.), but I soon needed to find my own watercolor voice. This year I began a series of watercolors based off of photos from my travels. In the process of creating these watercolors, I discovered that I’ve been lying to myself for quite some time. I always said I couldn’t draw, but it turns out I can! I think I’m getting better with every new page in my watercolor Moleskine sketchbook.

Here are a few of my favorite watercolors so far:

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Stop It America!

This one goes out to a lovely friend who’s about to repatriate to the States after a couple years teaching English in Korea. We’ve been messaging back and forth telling each other about our plans and recently I got a message from her that said I’m the only ray of light; the only positive person amongst negative voices that tell her not to leave “the safety net of Korea.” I just have to put my foot down and say STOP IT AMERICA! Read more

Biking Ayutthaya – A Photo Essay

Dave and I spent a couple days biking around the ruins in Ayutthaya, Thailand in January. Here are some of my favorite photos from our schvitzy adventures there. Read more

Journey to Our New Home: LA to Squaw Valley

We left Pacific Palisades early on Monday morning for PCH (Pacific Coast Highway). It’s been a dream of Dave’s to drive PCH up the coast and now we’ve done it! We want to go down it one day so we can stop at more of the pull-offs. Here are some of my favorite shots from our drive. I took all of these with Instagram on my iPhone. Follow me on Instagram @ wakeupanddance. Read more

6 Key Things to Look for in a Korean Teaching Contract

letter from student
If you teach English in South Korea, then you too could get funny notes like this one. I received this from a student shortly before leaving Seoul.

I’ve gotten enough emails regarding what to look for in a Korean teaching contract that I’ve decided it’s time to write a post about it. I’ve previously written posts about how to find and get a job teaching English abroad, but none were specific to Korea. Here are six things to look for in your contract: Read more

Springtime in the Rockies and the Curse of Boulder Valley


All I can do when I think about Boulder is shake my head and sigh. It’s not just wonderful, it’s irresistible. Seriously, its charm is almost unbearable for those that don’t live there. Dave and I knew we needed to mentally prepare ourselves for this before arriving in Boulder last week. We’ve been away for a year and a half and knew that we couldn’t let The Curse of Boulder Valley overtake us.

For those of you who think I’m using exaggerated language, let me assure you I’m not. The Curse of Boulder Valley is a real thing. When white visitors came to the valley in search of gold, Chief Niwot of the Southern Arapaho tribe told them it was hexed. He was an eloquent speaker and was said to have declared: “People seeing the beauty of this valley will want to stay, and their staying will be the undoing of the beauty.” Read more

Pictures from the Gorgeous Colorado Mountains

The view from Dave's Mom's house in Summit County, Colorado.

Dave and I have been in Colorado for two weeks now and at every turn we’re reminded why we love this state so much. It’s picture perfect, friendly, and filled with people living incredibly healthy lifestyles. That last part is on the annoying end, only because it makes us realize how out of shape we really are. It’s a great place to eat local, organic and gourmet food though, which is right up my alley!

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Road Trip! L.A. to Colorado in Photos

Leaving Los Angeles in our new car!!

Well everybody, we have hit the road again. We’ve spent the past month adjusting to life back here in the good ol’ U.S. of A. with my parents in Los Angeles, and now we’re in Colorado. We drove our brand new Hyundai Elantra Touring (very awesome Korean car!) from my hometown of Pacific Palisades, CA to Dave’s hometown of Silverthrone, CO. Here are some pictures from our two day drive. Read more