I’m slowly getting used to saying “bye bye 2015” and am looking back on what happened this year. I got to live in China, travel around the country, see Luang Prabang in Laos, Fukuoka in Japan and moved to South Korea! I achieved a lot of great things and was very active on social media about it, especially Instagram!

Here are my favorite personal Instagram post of each month of 2015!

 

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January

I was lucky to have a unique opportunity to get a Chinese qipao 旗袍 photoshoot when I was still living in Changsha, China. I got my hair and make up done and we had the photos taken at a traditional teahouse. It was an amazing experience! I had bought the qipao a year before during my travels in Yangshuo.

February

Since I knew I was going to leave China, I decided to travel during Chinese New Year. I traveled the east coast southward from Qingdao to Nanjing, Suzhou and Hangzhou. During my time in Nanjing, I got to see the beautiful cherry blossoms in full bloom!

Today is a good day. 🌸🌸 #plum #blossom #explorer #expatwoman #expat #wanderlust #travel #china #chinalife #Nanjing

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March

For visa purposes, I had to travel to Hong Kong in March and had a great time exploring parts of the cities I hadn’t gone to yet. This shot was taken at the local cat cafe, which Lina from “My Hong Kong Husband” also raves about. It was awesome!

Hahaha #catcafe #HongKong #travel #cat #cats #wanderlust #seetheworld #foodie #foodart #foodporn #foodfromabove #香港

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April

Back in mainland China, a friend of mine took me to this excellent dumpling restaurant where they make the dumplings fresh on a daily basis. They start serving the dumplings in the morning and sell them until their gone – you gotta be quick!

May

It was time to leave my one-year Changsha experience behind me and move to Korea but before, I traveled Yunnan and Laos. One of my favorite spots was this temple/museum in Jinghong, Xishuangbanna! 

#Xishuangbanna #temple at night! #china #chinese #chinalife #travel #wanderlust #seetheworld #expatwoman #explorer #expat #buddha

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June

Before starting to work in Korea, I had to travel to Fukuoka, Japan, to get my work visa. It was an amazing experience and made me want to see more from Japan! I especially enjoyed the kimono experience!

July

I had already been teaching in Cheongju for a month and slowly started to bond with my students. This is the first shots I took with my lovely kindergarteners. I love those kids.

August

Summer break – and I got to take Jeongsu to Germany to meet my family. It was one of the best trips I ever went on. It’s an overwhelming feeling you get when you show your country to the love of your life. Simply amazing. This is Neuschwanstein Castle near Munich close to my hometown in Germany. 

September

Back in Korea, Jeongsu and I got to participate in a local parade event wearing traditional hanbok! It was a wonderful experience and made me feel much more integrated in the community.

October

In October, I got to go to my first Kpop concert ever. This is my favorite shot of BTS totally killing it on stage. I cannot wait to go to many more concerts here in Korea. It is literally addicting.

November

Jeongsu and I took beautiful photos for our upcoming 1-year engagement anniversary in December. We got to wear beautiful hanbok and went to places such as Changdeokgung and the Secret Garden to have our own photoshoot!

December

The first snow in Korea! It’s exciting to be able to experience the winter season in a different country. I really loved fall here but it seemed a little short. Therefore, I was even more excited when the first snow fell!

What are your favorite moments from 2015?
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  • Rafiqua Israel

    Lovely Linda! August from Germany was my favorite photo <3 just breath taking!

  • Gina Panozzo

    The cherry blossoms in China look very similar to the ones in Okinawa. They’re a dark pink and so lovely.