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Vacation of Friendship: K-Pop Food and other Jazz

Recently, being yesterday (which was the 17th of November), I returned from my vacation down south, where my besties Leigh and Molly live.

I got there last Wednesday. It was a very, very, VERY long trip there. I left Iowa around 1:15pm, and landed in Chicago around 12. after a couple of hours, I flew off to New York. I had never been there or seen it before, so it was pretty nice. I didn’t have a lot of time though, I got off the plane, on a bus, up a stairwell into another terminal and back onto the plane. I honestly spent more time on the NY airline runway than anywhere else when I was there.

View the pictures below:

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This is the globe that hangs in the Chicago International Airport

 

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NY was hard to get a picture of. Spent most of the flight sleeping, tbh

 

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Finally landed in Virginia to see my friends! Virginia’s coast is rather beautiful, day or night.

A little while after, I was waiting for my luggage, and then left the airport and took a while to find my Uber (literally right across the street, way to go Karen). After a 20-ish minute drive, we finally arrived at my friend Leigh’s house. It was good to see her and Molly after so long.

We spent a good portion of time that night talking and watching music videos. Since I was busy with school, it was the first time I’d seen some of them; Hyorin‘s “Paradise” and Lay‘s “Lose Control,” and Victon‘s debut music video, “I’m Fine.” Fabulous, by the way. All of them. Nearly fell over at Lay’s music video and Victon was love at first sight and listen.

The next day we just hung out at her home. It had been five months since I’d seen them. We chatted, watched more music videos, talked about K-Pop and Leigh made bibimbap, but she also said she made it similarly to a Japanese dish called donburi.

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The next day we had dinner at a Mexican restaurant, and it was really good. I don’t remember the name of it though. Afterward, we went to Starbucks in the local mall, where I tried their Chestnut Praline for the first time. It was a little bitter, but not awful and certainly not unpalatable.

 

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The day after that was another hang out at home day. Leigh made squash porridge with rice and kimchi. The porridge itself had a rather muted flavor, but the rice and kimchi made it super delicious~

 

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#호박죽 or butternut squash porridge. From Maangchi

The next couple of days flew by as we sat around the living room talking and discussing K-Pop. We live very far apart and other than messages and voice notes, we really don’t see each other often, and this was only the second face to face in the flesh interaction we’ve had. Even though the vacation was very simple, it made me happy just to be around my friends.

Somewhere in there *Mitch* and I watched 5-6 episodes of a new anime called, “Drifters.” It’s pretty great and is streaming on Crunchyroll, so go check it out!

After those days, we went to the international grocery store, where I picked up some stuff I can’t get back home. Like Makkoli, Korean rice wine. From a Western perspective, it tastes like Busch. Cass beer tastes better, in my opinion.

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I discovered a love for red bean bread, oh my lord it is soooooo delicious. And I had banana milk.

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That was my breakfast at 5 in the morning the next day when it was time for me to leave. Before that, we had stayed up all night (you guessed it) talking about K-Pop. I said my goodbyes and left.

The trip home was mundane but nearly flawless. At one point I saw some guys in steam punk clothing saying that they just got back from New York where they played in Times Square.

During my layover, I had Starbucks for breakfast, and finally made it back home.

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I can’t wait to meet back up with them for KCON NY! Only…7 more months? So long…so, so looong!

I hope you enjoyed this post!

 

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