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

Do It While You’re Young: My First Trip Abroad as an Adult

It’s been a busy week for Wake Up and Dance! I was on Wandering Educators, The Tripping Blog, and Do It While You’re Young (DIWYY). DIWYY posted my story detailing my first experience abroad as an adult. This was written for their Friends Don’t Let Friends Not Travel (FDLFNT!) Contest. If you know somebody who wants to take their first trip abroad, nominate them to win a free trip in the contest. Enter by April 8, 2012.

Dining on Dak Galbi – Stateside

dak galbi

What’s my favorite Korean dish? Dak galbi. Dak galbi. DAK GALBI! 

Yes, I might be a little over enthusiastic, but it’s seriously delicious. If you haven’t tried it, then you can’t judge. I love the occasional daeji galbi, but I consider that a once every two weeks kind of dish. Bulgogi is fantastic also, but doesn’t possess that special something that entices and excites me like dak galbi does. It’s a little more run-of-the-mill. Now dak galbi on the other hand, is just down right delicious, exciting and addictive. Read more

5 Things I No Longer Have to Think About

Home sweet home. As much as I adore traveling, there are certainly a few things I’m happy to no longer have to think about. They may sound like silly miniscule details, but I assure you they are huge when you have to keep them in mind constantly.

1. NO MORE ANTS! Or any critters for that matter. I Ziplock bagged everything to keep the creepy crawlers out. I kept dirty clothes sealed away so they wouldn’t attract ants and I kept clean underwear bagged so it would stay isolated. I also Ziplocked my toothbrush in its case so that I wouldn’t end up brushing my teeth with ants. (Yuck!) All food items needed to be bagged so that Dave and I wouldn’t find ourselves accidentally eating bugs. We let our guard down once in Singapore figuring that an unopened package of Mentos was fine in a hotel room in the middle of a huge developed city. We were wrong. While watching TV that night, Dave started chomping on the Mentos without looking at what he was eating. He offered me one and I saw that the candy was swarming with small ants! He had thought the crunchy bits were sugar granules. The lesson? ALWAYS bag your stuff in tropical environments.  Read more

Beach Bummer

When I first visited Pulau Perhentian Kecil two years ago, I found a beach where a large monitor lizard liked to hang out. I was told that a German man came every year for a few months and spent everyday on that beach and fed the lizard. I thought that was sweet until I encountered the man and his band of beach gypsies on my most recent trip there. Read more

Noodle Panic

pad thai noodle panic

Noodle Panic [nood-l pan-ik]

noun

A sudden overwhelming fear or anxiety that emerges right before one leaves Thailand due to the belief that such delicious dishes might not be had again for a very long time. This results in behavior that includes irrational purchasing of any and all food that passes by or that the sufferer comes across. When such attacks of Noodle Panic arise, it is best for the sufferer to be supervised by a loved one and for their wallet to be looked after. Symptoms include: an inability to keep conversation, darting eyes, perspiration, shortness of breath, a slight dizzy feeling, trembling, and the desire to spend an unlimited amount of money on food.

Origin: The first case was diagnosed on a night train on February 12, 2012 by David Domagalski. While attempting to play cards, his usually sane girlfriend, was overcome with anxiety due to the fact that she was unsure when she would ever eat such delicious Thai food in Thailand again. This resulted in a very distracted card game as countless vendors walked the train car aisle selling noodles, snacks, and beverages. Despite her lack of hunger due to an impulsive Pad Siew purchase earlier that day, she repeatedly asked David if she should buy things, to which he smartly replied no. If the person suffering from a Noodle Panic attack is encouraged, an entire budget can be blown and more food than they can eat will be bought.