Jun 142009

Anna and I were down near the border for some shopping and had a hankering for tacos. I used yelp on my phone to see what looked interesting near by. Surrounded by mall land I wasn’t optimistic. One taco shop with only three reviews sounded pretty good – Tacos Yaqui (111 W Olive Dr, San Ysidro, CA 92173). They are trying to emulate the places in Baja, and they do a pretty good job of it. These are bigger than street tacos, and a combo is very filling. Anna and I had the Tacos Perrones (carne asada) and Tacos Norteños (spicy shrimp). Both were excellent – some of the best tacos I’ve had in a while. If you are near the border but not crossing it, definitely look them up.

Tacos Yaqui

Jun 082009

Seoul, Korea Seoul, Korea Seoul, Korea
Photos of Seoul, Korea

2009.05.01-10 Seoul, Korea – Kerey and friends hosted us in Seoul for a bit over a week. I really enjoyed the city. In many ways it reminded me of the rest of Asia – white block apartment buildings, street markets, temples, and a rush to all things modern or western. In other ways, Korea stands very much apart from the the other parts of Asia I’ve visited – their alphabet, language, food, and culture are all very different. Seoul was very easy to travel in, thanks to the great transit system and a lot of English signs (though we did start to pick up some of the Hangul later). The people were all quite friendly, and as is usually the case in other countries, strangers loved the chance to try out their English words.

I’ll definitely miss the food. It was always easy to get something very fresh, healthy, and tasty. The other thing I enjoyed was an abundance of hikes. While I’m spoiled for easy access to the outdoors in San Diego, Seoul is no slouch. There is great mountain hiking just an hour away by bus from the center of the city. The parks, temples, and palaces within the city offer great walks and are free or cost next to nothing.  If you get a chance to go, I highly recommend visiting Korea. I found it to be a nice mix of easy travel, great food, and interesting people and sights.

Jun 072009

We had to put fang down yesterday; his kidney finally gave out. He was the only cat I’d met that enjoyed sass – talking back after being told no. He will be missed, the house feels very empty.