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Happy Thanksgiving Day!

Dessert first, please, especially if it’s a slice of extra fluffy pumpkin pie with caramel sauce.

Caramelized onions, orange glazed carrots, gravy, and mashed potatoes + cauliflower

Sliced cointreau roasted turkey topped with homemade cranberry + port sauce.

That’s my plate!

The full-day bike ride to burn it all off!

Every year, these seagulls fly here from Russia for our warm weather.

An half-demolished garden full of abandoned statues. From left to right: Stalin, Einstein, Darwin, and Margaret Thatcher.

Mr. Marx

Marked for demolishment

Taurin running off into the rubbles to collect sounds. He’s a sound artist.

Yang Yang and her trusty bicycle.

All the fruit vendors are selling strawberries this week! I’m still rocking my gold nails.

I made up for being oceans away from home for the holidays (again) by eating two huge, very American meals for two evenings in a row. Most of today was spent burning it all off on a long bike ride with a group of cycling enthusiasts. I’m truly thankful for beautiful weather, Kunming’s forever blue skies, wonderful new friends, and loved ones back home for keeping me grounded.

Thank you for coming along on my too many journeys for the past few years. It makes me so happy to know that we are somehow connected by our love of adventures and creative pursuits. I wish I could bake lots of pies (and I’m quite proud of my apple pie) and throw a big dessert party for you all! We’d definitely drink plenty of homemade apple cider, right?

P.S. If you’re curious, I finally updated my little self-introduction page. Please let me know if you notice any silly typos or have any questions I haven’t answered.


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    November 26, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    That pumpkin pie looks super fluffy!!! Wow! Yum yum yum, it all looks delicious! And what a great idea of taking a bike ride after to burn it all off, you’re a super star! haha (Everyone in my family ends up napping or sitting down feeling horribly full) You’re smart ^^

    Such beautiful photos, truly! Always! And my gosh the last photo, you have such gorgeous eyes and really do your eye makeup well ^^ Happy thanksgiving to you and your friends! xo

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      November 27, 2011 at 12:53 am

      I was definitely running out of motivation, but I think the nice weather helped, really. ๐Ÿ™‚

      And thank you!

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    November 26, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    daaaaaaaang, girl!

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      November 27, 2011 at 12:54 am

      Hahaha, I know. We were only missing your whoopie pies…. ๐Ÿ˜›

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    November 26, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    You changed your pic in the right sidebar…so cute! Yum, all of the food looks great! I like how you ate dessert first haha. Sounds like you had a great Thanksgiving ^^ Thanks for sharing and yay for self-intro updates ^^

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      November 27, 2011 at 12:58 am

      ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks, Krys. I hope you’ve been enjoying your time at home!

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    November 27, 2011 at 3:41 am

    Love your introduction page. You picked the best questions and answers. ๐Ÿ˜€

    I am glad to hear that your Thanksgiving went well. However, I think I am the only one who cannot stand pumpkin pie. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Your photography skills is simply amazing!

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      November 28, 2011 at 12:41 am

      Thanks! Well, I think you made the right choice to skip the pie and eat good sea food in the Key West. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    November 27, 2011 at 5:42 am

    these pictures are lovely! i would still be rocking that gold nail polish too haha its too cute!
    and your friend on her bike, great shot!

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      November 28, 2011 at 12:46 am

      Thanks, Maria! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    November 27, 2011 at 6:08 am

    hello! ๐Ÿ™‚ thank you so much for your lovely comment. i am already very much in love with your blogs and most especially, your photographs! when i was halfway through seeing the photos in this post, i got an overwhelming sense of dejavu! hahaha i take that is a good thing. also, i love your gold nails and i too, can’t ever keep long nails, that makes them so hard to paint cause they’re tiny. :3 hehe xx

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      November 28, 2011 at 12:50 am

      I’m glad we share the love of photographing nature and meals. ๐Ÿ™‚ Ah, I have small hands but sizable nails!

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    November 27, 2011 at 9:34 am

    Oh Ms. Sewon! I think we’re the lucky ones!!
    Thank YOU for taking us on your lovely adventures!
    I went on a bike ride today! It was really nice, but my legs are really sore! haha!
    I don’t see any typos in your intro. It’s really great! I had no idea you are fluent in Spanish!
    That’s amazing!
    ps, I want you to know that I made those fluffy banana pancake recipe you posted a while back.
    YUMMY!!! I made them for my family and they LOVED them.
    Thank you so much!!!

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      November 28, 2011 at 12:51 am

      Yay for bike rides! ๐Ÿ™‚ And I’m so glad to hear the pancakes turned out well. ๐Ÿ˜€

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    November 27, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    you make me hungry! you make me envy! you make me want to kill to look like you <#3

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    November 28, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    Hooray for international Thanksgivings! I’m so impressed at how fancy all of your dishes are, though I’ve started to forget what food can be when you have lots of ingredients and modern tools. Ahh well, only two and a half weeks until I’m reminded.

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    November 28, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    That looks delicious, haha I wouldn’t have minded coming over to your place for Thanksgiving! Our dinner was good, but we didn’t put a lot of effort into it ๐Ÿ˜› I love the gold nails btw!

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    November 28, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    Your fluffy pumpkin pie looks amazing! I bet it must cook through so evenly too unlike a heavier version.

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    November 28, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    Thanks for sharing with us your biking adventure! I miss my bicycle so much! I use to bike a lot when I was living in Japan. btw. That strawberry photo is an art & so r your golden nails!

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    November 29, 2011 at 12:31 am

    Your photos are amazing as usual! *o* And has anyone ever told you that you look like Ueno Juri?

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    Cookie Cutter
    November 29, 2011 at 12:42 am

    Beautiful photos! Even of the dilapidated buildings. You make me feel like jumping on a bike and going exploring too.

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    November 29, 2011 at 1:29 am

    i’m glad we met, yay!
    i haven’t had a proper thanksgiving meal since the ’90s, hehe. that pumpkin pie looks delicious!
    and i like your gold nails! i’ve just started wearing nailpolish again, but i don’t think i could pull off the sparkly stuff.

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    November 29, 2011 at 3:20 am

    Thnakyou Sewon for sharing your fabulous photo’s of your journey’s I really enjoy going on your journey’s through them.

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    November 29, 2011 at 7:14 am

    Hey Dear~ really nice blog you have here! I love the pictures you take, they’re very artistic somehow.. The turkey and all the other things look amazing! New follower ๐Ÿ™‚

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    November 29, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    Loooove these photos Sewon, the pumpkin pie looks delicious (I have to try this one day) and the picture of the half destroyed building is my favourite. Great shot!

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    November 30, 2011 at 6:24 am

    GOSH that food looks so amazing! I wish we had Thanksgiving for the food (not that I ever need an excuse haha). The other pictures are geat as well. I love your blog, I’m glad I found it!

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    November 30, 2011 at 11:59 pm

    the girl with bicycle photo is lovely.
    Sewon, i posted giveaway if you are interested in.

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    December 4, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    I want your life.

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