Let the Countdown Begin: 10 Days Until Departure

I feel like I haven’t written a post for a century, so you’re in for a lengthy post..

Since last time, I have received my new passport, my E-2 visa and my flight has officially been booked for August 24th (10 MORE DAYS! So close!!!).

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As you can see, my flight is about 20 hours in total. I don’t think I have ever been in a plane for more than 6 hours, so this should be a challenge!

In other news, I just got back from my trip to New York City & Atlantic City, New Jersey with the family. This marked our last family trip before my departure. We spent a day and a half in New York City where we explored and shopped in Times Square (let me just tell you ladies that the Forever 21 is HUGE – like 4 floors huge), got lost using the subway system, visited Ground Zero and the 9/11 Memorial Site and finished our day off with a yummy meal at an Indian restaurant. I wish we would have had more time to go see the Statue of Liberty and get a few shots of the Manhattan skyline/ Empire State building but unfortunately, we had to leave early enough to make it to our hotel in Atlantic City. Next time for sure though!

Here are a few shots from NY:

Times Square!

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The 9/11 Memorial Site

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Mama bear and I (and the funky lighting) at the Indian restaurant

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Masala Dosa and Papdi Chaat

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The following 5 days were spent at Bally’s in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Anyone who enjoys playing the slots at the casino, strolling along a boardwalk full of shops, restaurants, attractions and rides, shopping, relaxing on the beach, listening to live entertainment, dancing or having late night drinks at a beach bar — I highly recommend visiting Atlantic City. I’m not exaggerating when I say that there is something to do for everyone. Needless to say, I had a great time there. The major point of shopping known as Tanger Outlets The Walk was about a 10 minute walk from our hotel and had a ton of outlets ranging from Coach to Puma to American Eagle. Although I would have loved to buy everything, I had to limit myself to things I needed for my trip. I bought some jeans, shoes, a couple watches (I couldn’t resist) and a few other small items. The view from our hotel room was AWESOME might I add (see below). The beach was gorgeous and walking along the boardwalk during the day or at night was the best part. There were so many places to discover! I would definitely go back.

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Family photo

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Dolphin Cruise (we saw so many that day, it was just hard to catch them in action)

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Big breakfast before a day spent at the beach..

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It’s Sugar — the BEST candy store ever

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My sis and I on our last night

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That concludes the little slideshow!

Now, after returning from my trip, I have been in packing mode. Today I spent a few hours organizing the clothes I will be bringing to Korea; however, I feel like I should be on the show Hoarders!!! I’m definitely not a minimalist when it comes to packing. The thing is, Air Canada is only allowing 1 free checked baggage at 50lbs. I am definitely paying for the second piece but I don’t want to be overweight for either since I’ve already spent enough money as it is. With that being said, tomorrow will be round two of eliminating half of what I have already packed for clothing. It seems counterproductive but this method seems to work best. It’s like process of elimination! Do I really need it? Can I do without it?.. Then I will move onto all of the OTHER non-clothing items (that’s a whole other story). Lol.

Anyway, all of the excitement is kicking in and I can’t wait to be on the plane en route to my home for the next year! I’m off to get some rest for now – adios amigos!!! Or should I say…Anyong-hi kyeseyo!

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