I'm officially done traveling for awhile!!!! It was a fun, hectic, and exhausting two weeks. Thankfully I survived, and now I can concentrate on unpacking the rest of our boxes!
I started in Taipei:
... and was happy to find a fig tree that looked like the ones in my own home:
and some rocks that I desperately wanted to add to my rock collection:
The I headed to Shanghai, and on the way I got to sit on the upper deck of a 747:
*This view goes on and on and on..... the buildings just don't stop.
Amid the skyscrapers were lots of beautiful restaurants and shops:
I had a great Vietnamese dinner here:
and a few martinis here:
I was puzzled by these:
...but still considered buying one for my dad.
The Westin in Shanghai had glass sculptures like this throughout. While I haven't officially confirmed this, I suspect they are Chihuly (my favorite).
I wrapped up the week in Seoul at the Westin- with this beauty right outside:
Seoul felt a little like the midwest (Chicago-ish) to me, which was kind of nice because I was a little homesick by the end of the week:
We watched a concert in the grass:
... and ate amazing Korean bbq and drank plenty of Soju (similar to vodka):
I came home for three days then spent 24 hours in Peru. I REALLY wish I could've stayed longer. It's an interesting country with GREAT food. I stayed at the brand new Westin in Lima. The decor was AMAZING!!!! Shame on me for not taking 1.5 million photos.
Fabienne Jouvin- I think.
Tons of gorgeous lighting- most with Edison bulbs.
*I know it's a crappy photo, but this mirror was stunning.
*Ok, this was my absolute favorite. I think the chairs are Restoration Hardware. Grasscloth walls. 50 points for whomever can name the fabric on the bench. Seriously, DOES ANYONE KNOW WHO MAKES THE FABRIC?! I want some in my home!!! And the artwork?? I thought about asking the concierge if I could just sleep in the lobby so that I wouldn't have to leave this room...
The ruins were right outside the restaurant where I had dinner before leaving (Huaca Pullana). I WISH I had taken photos of my food. It was so, so good!
I have no idea why, but I had no trouble adjusting to the time zones this time around. That being said, I'm not sure I'd recommend traveling around the world in ten days. By the time I made it to Peru I was saying "xie xie" (Chinese thank you) and "merci" (why I was speaking French I have no clue). Similar to Turkey (where everyone assumed I was Turkish), everyone in Peru spoke Spanish to me (of which I speak none), and on the plan ride home a woman had a 20 second conversation with me in Portuguese, where I replied twice in English to her-because I somehow understood what she was saying at first. I have NO clue how I knew what she was saying at first, but when I finally lost track and told her I didn't speak Portuguese we both laughed and then wondered how on earth I had known what she was saying. *In case you're wondering, she had asked if once we reached a safe altitude I would move to a seat a few rows up so that her son could come back to sit by her instead because she was worried he would fight with his brother otherwise.
I hope you had a great weekend!