35 years of memories and 4 particular ones stand out from the rest:
1991 – The fall of the Soviet Union and the establishment of 15 independent republics. At just 6 years old, I was definitely clueless as to what was going on politically, but looking back on it now, realizing what a monumental time it was and having lived through it.
2001 – On September 11 (only 2 days after my 16th Birthday) four airplanes were hijacked and fatal attacks were carried out, killing 2,977 and injuring 25,000. I still remember seeing the World Trade Towers fall while watching it in Mrs. Modesto’s English class and going to bed that night, expecting to wake up to a country in war.
2008 – Global Financial Crisis was devastating with housing prices plummeting, banks asking for a bailout, unemployment at around 9 percent. Living in Korea for a year at that point, it was obvious that sticking it out here and holding on to a job was the best thing to do. That decision would definitely play a big role in my life.
2020 – a year defined by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has created a lot of social and economic disruptions. Events have been canceled, people placed on lockdowns or quarantines, businesses closed, travel halted or downsized, people are less social but probably more opinionated with debates raging on about masks, vaccines, lockdown regulations, safe distance, business hours, and so on. To this day, no one in my immediate social circle has caught this virus, and let’s hope it stays this way because I, like many others, am ready for things to get back to normal.
A way to keep normalcy and consistency in my life has been this travel blog. Despite this challenging year, my husband and I still made it a priority to get out of the house and enjoy the outside world, even if with masks and 2 meters (6 feet) of separation dictating our lives. Getting outside, capturing memorable spaces, creating memories, and being present in each moment is always a priority, during a world “pandemic” or not. I hope this list of Top 12 posts from 2020 will inspire and motivate you to do the same:
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#1 Most popular post from 2020
Thank you for reading my top 12 posts from 2020. Though at first, it was a Top 10 post, omitting Awesome 845 Cafe and Okinawa’s Charaumi Aquarium. If you take a look at Okinawa’s advantages, you will notice that it is one of five “Blue Zones” in the world, where people live the longest. This seems very fitting for a year such as 2020 because we should all pay attention to our health and well being regularly, not only when a new virus is threatening our livelihoods. Awesome 845 Cafe is a great Daejeon destination for a number of reasons. It is large enough to afford its visitors their private spaces AND it is located outside of the city and near the hiking mecca of Gyeryeong Mountain. Hiking in the mountains or taking a walk in nature is a wonderful therapy called “Shinrin-yoku,” which dates back to 1980s Japan.
Lastly, 12 is just a fascinating number, don’t you think:
12 jurors in a court of law
12 months of the year
12 hours in half-day (analog time always being 1-12 am or pm)
12 cranial nerves in the brain
12 plays per team play Women’s Lacrosse
12 function keys on PC keyboards
12 basic hues in the color wheel
12 of something is a dozen
12 inches in a foot
12 knights of King Arthur
12 pairs of ribs in a human body
12 level of grades that students typically attend in a western school system
12 is the largest number, containing a single syllable
12-bar blues is the most prominent chord progression in popular music
Can you think of any more? Comment below!
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