Welcome to Traveling Seouls!
(This post is appropriately titled a Traveler’s Reboot for many reasons.)
1. Traveling Seouls has been through a slow process of migrating old posts.
In 2012, I started travel writing on a free WordPress blog called The Seoul of Cyprus. Prof, my hubby, was on sabbatical, and he received a prestigious fellowship to work on his beloved monograph. His monograph focused on a historical figure, Epiphanius of Salamis, who was a bishop on the island of Cyprus in the late 4th century. (NOTE: That’s how I met Prof, as a young graduate student working on Epiphanies.) When Prof visited Cyprus in 2002, little did I know that we would visit the city of Salamis to get the most personal and authentic historical tour of our lives.
The Seoul of Cyprus was a culmination of insights about our Korean-American expat experience in an unknown place by our friends and family back home. Friends wrote, “So how are things in Cypress?” We replied, “In California or on the island?” It took a few months for friends to realize that we were 1,000’s of miles away from home.
Then we said goodbye to Cyprus and came back to Michigan in 2013.
I started another blog called Hometown Betty, which is more of aDIY/mommy blogging site. I shared our travels in the U.S./Canada, but it did not have the same feel, nor the same niche.
Then another opportunity came.
2. Traveling Seouls is entering a new phase/chapter of the blog.
Living life as a professor’s wife has its privileges. This fall, we are going abroad again to Budapest, Hungary. Prof will be teaching a group of college students on a semester abroad program. Our boys will experience international school once again (Linus included). And this time, I am going out as a professional photographer and travel writer to share our experiences through my lens.
I have spent the last four years taking photography classes, learning with a group of undergraduate students who gracefully accepted me as a non-traditional (older) student. Because of my professor and cohort of photography classmates, I come armed with a whole new perspective about photography. Photography has opened my eyes to understand visual culture and find my style of photography in street and documentary photography.
3. Traveling Seouls is resource for you.
If you have questions about living abroad in
Cypress Cyprus or Hungary, you can ask me questions in the contact form. For the last four years, I have answered several questions about where to find an Asian grocery store in Cyprus to logistics about moving to Nicosia with kids/sans kids.
Prof and I will be navigating our move to Hungary, which has a whole other set of rules, regulations, and paperwork. We are taking documents to help our kids settle into a new school, and an extra set of passport photos required for Hungarian residency cards.
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