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free2flutterby

free2flutterby
Date Joined: March 21, 2009
Last Online: March 10, 2014
Birthday: November 2
Country: Korea, Republic of

About Me

I am in my early 30somethings, a Scorpio and I love to travel.. I am the oldest only sister of two younger brothers. (If you know anything about birth order...the next one after me was born after I was already in school). I have 1 niece and 3 nephews, 1 awesome sister-in-law and an one that's equally cool heading down the aisle soon (or so we hope).

Born in: Newport Rhode Island (though I have never been back)

Lived in: Too many places to list...though I guess I spent most of my time in Arizona.

Went to: North High School in Phoenix Arizona

Graduated from: Northern Arizona University (BS and M.Ed.)

Languages Spoken: Spanish (learned first), English and a little bit of Korean

Famous for: Planning amazing get togethers, making people laugh even when I'm not trying, being very honest and on the occasion dancing in a room full of people as if I'm the only person in the room.

Pets: Two cats. Breed: Calico (or mutt) Names: The Duchess and Goyangi Gogi (Cat Meat in English)

Allergies and Sensitivities

Allergic to: Citrus Mold...so anything with oranges or lemons that would go bad...should be avoided.

Certain types of fur (funny cuz I have two cats)

Cigarette smoke...even that "after it was in the room" smell.

Sensitive to: Caffeine Lactose Roses (high floral scents)

About Swapping

I am new to swap-bot but I have a friend who swears by it. I have been recently "blessed" with a lot of free time and I am looking for a way to do something that will keep me from going nuts. I am usually a very active person but when you're not working while everyone else is, it's kind of hard to find anything fun to do. I hope that swap-bot will help me get rid of some of my boredom while making some exciting additions to my home.

If the swaps become too addicting, I may just donate swaps to my otherwise swapless friends.

My Thoughts on Korea

I have been teaching at a university in Incheon for about 7 months. Previously I lived in Seoul for about a year but Koreans consider Daejeon my "hometown" because I lived there the longest (2 years).

While I must admit, the culture and most aspects of living in Korea are difficult for me...(cuz I'm not blonde, blue eyed and sound like a chipper dolphin on crack) I love my life. I love the time to travel and I love the people I have gotten to know here. Without those two things, surviving Korea would be nearly impossible for me. While I have my personal opinions about Korea (heck I have my personal opinions about America) I would only discuss them with people who emailed me or had a particular interest.

Some of my favorite Korean foods (because people always ask as if the food here is the most unique food on the planet and only Korean people can really eat it....which makes me laugh because there are like 2MILLION Foreigners living in this country eating the food everyday...but I digress)...are things like Samgetong (a chicken soup), Meyokguk (seaweed soup) , Salongtong (beef broth/noodle soup), Lotus Root (doesn't matter how it's made), Talmugee (Yellow, pickled radish), TongSuYuk (sweet & sour pork which is really from China but don't tell them that),Mul Kimchi* (which literally means water kimchi) , Dubu Kimchi (tofu with warmed red pepper paste), Mapo Dubu (tofu in a Chinese sauce with pork) and Songpyeong (which is a kind of special desert). I also love Korean wines and liquors though most people are only aware of Soju (Korean Vodka).

*Kimchi is generally a fermented vegetable (typically cabbage but can be radish, spinach or whatever) in a type of paste or sauce. It gets its unique flavor from being kept in pots and aged or sometimes in fridges specially designed for the purpose. There are nearly 200 kinds of kimchi but most people are only familiar with red pepper paste (cabbage and red pepper paste) kimichi...which got it's start in China and was changed by Koreans later...though...not many people will admit to that.

Travelouge

I know it would be cool if I wrote about my "Favorite...books..music...blah blah" and not to say those things aren't cool...they just aren't really my "gig". My gig is traveling. I love it. I'm obsessed. It's one of those things you start doing and just can't stop. I love almost everything about traveling (still kind of out on "customs checks" being cool and I REALLY REALLY hate taking off my shoes at the airport and putting on those "slipper" things) and mourn the day it should have to stop.

I have actually been traveling virtually since I was born. My parents were in the United States Navy when I was born and my first trip was when I was 6months old. We went to Rota Spain and lived there for 2 years. Ironically enough, this means that while other kids were learning their ABC's I was learning my Ahh Bae Ches and actually learned Spanish first.

When I returned to the States I had to actually be taught English so that my family could talk to me and I could understand them. After that it was just mostly US travel and I have been to more than 20 of the 50 States, although unlike some "military brats" (I am a Navy Baby) my parents were out of the service when I was a kid so all my travel was just for fun. In high school I was one of the first kids to join the Spanish club...just so I could go to Mexico (TWICE). I went to Canada as an adult for Carabana but being American we really don't "count" that (sorry dear Canuks). My real travelogue didn't start until I moved to South Korea in 2005.

I went there to visit a friend...could see the writing on the wall in America and decided that I would honor my self promise (made at 15 years old) which was to live abroad before I was 30 (I was 29 at the time). So a month after returning home from my first "International" trip I moved to Korea and have lived there ever since.

Since being in S. Korea (which is a great jumping off spot to other places in the world) I have been to (in no certain order and not counting numerous times or listing the names of cities) Japan, Thailand, India, Taiwan, Italy, Spain, England, Scotland, China, N. Korea, Greece, "through" France, Cambodia, Hong Kong and Macau (though I don't know if it "counts". This means on average...I'm in a new country every 3 months. It's gotten to the point that going back to the US is just boring and something I "have to do" so my family can see my face. Otherwise, I'd much rather be ANYWHERE else. It's not that I've gotten all anti-American...it's just there are SOOOOOO many other cool places and while I have this chance I'm gonna suck the marrow out of it. I would love to swap travel stories and I do have a CouchSurfing account...so anyone who's got a passion for travel...should look me up.

Ratings

kimpulse rated for A little book about me on Mar 12, 2010
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Comment: i am sorry to give you a 3 at this time since i never received anything... i will be waiting and re- rate.
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Comment: I never rec'd anything
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Adrenaline rated for "My Dad Told Me" postcard swap on Aug 6, 2009
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Comment: Will rerate when i recieve (have been told she is resending)
Upcountrysmiles rated for Cloud Watching on Jul 30, 2009
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Comment: Will re-rate when pictures arrive in my mailbox or email box.
vokietukass rated for A View Of My Own (Photo ESwap) on Jul 16, 2009
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ViolaOdorata rated for A View Of My Own (Photo ESwap) on Jun 25, 2009
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Comment: A little late indeed but I think you live at a great place.
Elariane rated for A View Of My Own (Photo ESwap) on Jun 25, 2009
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Response: Sorry it was late...thanks for the rate.
kater rated for A View Of My Own (Photo ESwap) on Jun 22, 2009
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Comment: Thank you for sharing your photos, I thought the food looked pretty good!
Response: Yeah that one picture was OK but sometimes it's a crap shoot.
YankeeUnicorn rated for BEGINNERS ATC SWAP #7 on Jun 22, 2009
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Comment: You got the idea girl:) Nice ATC. I like the game piece on it:) Cool idea!
Response: I am so glad the piece made it. I wasn't sure if it stayed stuck on or not. Hope it did.
Baxter rated for Butterfly ATC Swap on Jun 22, 2009
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Response: Thanks for rating.
ekdkdk1 rated for A View Of My Own (Photo ESwap) on Jun 22, 2009
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Comment: Great presentation! thanks for sharing.
Response: Thanks for understanding that it was a bit late...hard work finding a place to upload all those pictures.
lizzie55555 rated for Paperback Swap International. on Jun 20, 2009
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Comment: thank you for your choice of book i do like it iam loooking forward to reading it i like all book aprt from horror one as the can give me bad nights
Response: HAHA I am so glad because you were not easy to shop for hahaha...always go with the Classics.
sketch5489 rated for Butterfly ATC Swap on Jun 19, 2009
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Comment: what a cute idea !!
Response: Thanks, hope it's fun!!
evitake rated for Letter Set Swap on Jun 18, 2009
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Comment: thanx sooo much for the cute letterset and extra kawaii stickers 5+ whenever u want to do a private swap
Response: I'll let you know...that stuff is all over the place out here...so yeah wouldn't mind doing a send and swap.
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Comment: I am honoured to have your first two atcs in my collection..and thankyou so much for the sweet little enclosure and for taking the trouble to write a handwritten note.
Response: Thanks for the advice. I am glad you liked them.
iwanttobeyouronlyfriend rated for HEAR THIS! #7 on May 26, 2009
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Comment: great swapper...cheers for the extra track
Response: Thanks it was fun!! Hope to swap again.
misumisu22 rated for 100 Words Swap on May 22, 2009
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Comment: great stuff! Thanks so much
Response: Hahah that's awesome...you're welcome it was easier than I thought.

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Comments

kimpulse on May 23, 2009:

oh wow. i envy you ^^ i suffer from wanderlust and would die for an opportunity to travel that much sigh i am definitely watching your swap :) many greets from germany

Canariangal78 on Apr 2, 2009:

Que vida más interesante has llevado :) a mí me encantaría visitar Corea del Sur algún día ya que me parece gente muy simpática y el idioma es muy bonito (hacen tb peliculas muy buenas). Espero que entiendas mi mensaje :) y que los acentos salgan bien en pantalla.

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