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7.31.2012

SEOUL 1988

my little sister amanda and me in seoul, south korea, 
summer of 1988

when i was six years old we lived in south korea. i don't talk about it much mostly because i tend to forget it ever happened. the most distinct memories i have of south korea are the way it smelled (plastic and cigarettes), the itch of a hanbok on your neck, buying rice by the scoopful from giant piles on the floor at the shops, and the amazing korean whistling candies from the store across the street (i always look for them at candy shops but i haven't found them since!). i remember seeing a lot of construction leading up to the the summer olympics, and i barely remember going to see a few events as a family. (we even saw flo jo race.) 

on monday my dad emailed me a few photos he took that summer in 1988. i have SO many memories of my dad taking photos and making videos when we lived in korea. if there had been such a thing as a blogger in 1988, you better believe my dad would have been one. 




p.s. a few of my friends from the city are overseas on work assignments, 
one in singapore, one in england. 
my friend in england reports watching far more sailing and 
equestrian events than she's ever seen on american tv, 
and my friend in singapore told me she was watching 
olympic diving the other day when they suddenly cut to.... 
table tennis. 
hah!

47 comments:

  1. Olympic bodies are unreal and one of the most fascinating parts of some of the sports (for me anyway). My sister in law is on the woman's soccer team and the fittest person I know. Amazing the training and dedication that goes into this!

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  2. look at those people in the background looking at you in the first photo!

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  3. very adorable! love the olympics.

    www.modernsuburbanites.blogspot.com

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  4. oh my goodness. Olympic athlete bodies. have you seen this post from Live creating yourself?! Crazy.

    But that's so cool that you lived overseas at one point. South Korea, now that's a different culture!

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  5. I definetely remember flo jo! She was my hero. There were fried potato wedges named after her too. Just sayin.

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  6. I'm so jealous- I'm OBSESSED with the Olympics and can't believe you've been in the same city as the games- twice! I totally agree with you about the incredible athletic bodies, and that book truly should exist- please make one if it doesn't!

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  7. I'm completely in favor of such a book being made! Please, oh please make this happen!

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  8. AnonymousJuly 31, 2012

    First, look how awesome those photos are; what an amazing experience! (Even if you don't remember it in mass detail.)

    Second, I just told my husband that it's funny to me how the athletes begin to look normal when all you're looking at are Olympic athletes. Then they stand next to a non-athlete and I realize how spectacularly in shape they are. (No comment on my current fitness level.)

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  9. girl, you are rockin' that haircut in the top picture!

    and, yes, olympics? I'm not kidding, we have at least one device streaming at all times. I. Love. the Olympics.

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  10. AnonymousJuly 31, 2012

    Tom Daley. British diver. 18, so barely legal. But OH MY WORD.

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  11. i just started reading your blog. I was in SLC too. I worked at the canyons in park city. the today show was filmed in the lobby. so I got to see many a snowboarder body up close and personal. good time good times. don't even get me started on my ryan lochte crush. my husband so doesn't approve:) and how can you like a guy in a speedo he says. well, i was a competitive swimmer for 12 years..great post

    ps I would by your book

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  12. Okay wait... I kind of want to see the equestrian events. Maybe I'm the only one? Not fair.

    I love your blog and your rambling... basically just wanted to tell you that you are fantastic. Glad I found your blog. :)

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  13. I think that's one of my favorite part of the Olympics, is to simply drop our jaws at the power an strength of the human body! Err, athletes strength and power, anyway. Also, that coffee table book NEEDS to happen, as it sincerely sounds like one of the most interesting reads. Get that started, yo!

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  14. Your hair just earned a gold medal in my book.

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  15. Can't get over your fabulous 1988 hair! :)

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  16. I lurve the Olympics. I remember your posts about the 2010 Winter Olympics - they seriously inspired my Olympics love. Like, I was a closet Olympics-lover for a long time, and you inspired me to admit it. So, thanks for that. GO USA!

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  17. I LOVE the Olympics too! I won't let my boyfriend watch anything else at the moment. The athletes fascinate me, especially the gymnasts. They are just awesome.

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  18. My friends and I were having that exact same conversation the other night! Seriously! How DO they get those unreal bodies? It's amazing. I was also in SLC during the Olympics. Loved it. Highlights were meeting the German bobsled team, and women's luge team from some tropical island I can't remember the name of right now. I loved the feeling of camaraderie among everyone attending. It was sweet!

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  19. I love when you post pics of Amanda since I see her almost weekly (I live in Medford with her)! She's a keeper in the friend department, so I love learning more about her family via your blog. As far as I'm concerned, you guys are an amazing bunch. ;)

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  20. i'll buy a first edition of the natalie holbrook olympian muscle book, and if that child up there isn't huck with long hair then i know nothing!

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  21. your hair was as awesome then as it is awesome now. and i went to the 1996 olympics on atlanta and it was bomb! i don't remember much from my growing up years, but those olympics are burned into my brain.

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  22. OKAY. Those photos. I can't even explain! As a former elite gymnast (one that is very very sad she never make it to the Olympics and wishes she hadn't just up and quit at age 14), I have SERIOUS Olympic fever every 4 years. I mean, I know bizarre Olympic trivia like it's nobody's business. I can't die before going to an Olympics. I just can't.

    And Olympics + vintage photos!? Perfection.

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  23. My mom's friend let me ride her horse that was on the reserve Canadian dressage team, for the Seoul Olympics. She sold him to someone in Great Britain and he went to the Olympics for GB. It was the most amazing horse experience I have ever had!

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  24. table tennis, of course!

    also - your hair as a little girl? i have no words for the awesome feathering that is happening. what a cutie!

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  25. If you do decide to write that book, you may want to include some of the pictures from the diving competition shown on this link: http://thefw.com/olympic-diving-funny-faces/

    The gallery cracked me up, and it immediately made me think of this post. Hope it makes you smile!

    Laena :)

    laenalivingdream.blogspot.com

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  26. I feel the table tennis- my Husband and I just moved to Taiwan and we cannot get ANY live Olympic coverage here :( however, they did have 3 channels showing baseball games last night [including the Yankees]

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  27. so, i want to buy that coffee table book. you should totally pitch it to your editor. c;

    and my husband would be ever so jealous to know that other countries get to watch events like sailing and ping pong. he totally tires of the swimming and running. and gets REAL excited when the short clips come on of fencing and martial arts. he's a nerd, I know. c;

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  28. Those photos are so cool! What a treasure from your dad

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  29. I was at the Olympics in Korea too. I was 8 years old and went with my Mom to visit my Aunt and Uncle who were living in Seoul for work. This post brings back the few memories I have of that trip. The Olympics really are amazing. I love watching them!

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  30. I was at the Olympics in Korea too. I was 8 years old and went with my Mom to visit my Aunt and Uncle who were living in Seoul for work. This post brings back the few memories I have of that trip. The Olympics really are amazing. I love watching them!

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  31. I'm watching our Canadian Olympic feed here in Vancouver and they keep doing mini clips where they explain what muscles are required for each sport and how they engage at certain times. I'm totally hooked!

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  32. Love it! That coffee table idea would be great! Here in Australia we get swimming, swimming, and more swimming :)

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  33. Yes we like our equestrian over here. To me it's the most boring event. But the royal family have been to every event I think. I like gymnastics! And I surprised myself by getting really into the beach volleyball.It's terribly exciting that it's in the UK this year but I'm gutted as I couldn't get tickets :(

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  34. Hi I'm from Singapore (altho' I live in Australia) and I heard about that too! Anyway, the table tennis players from Singapore are all originally from China...so either way, China wins...

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  35. Oh my gosh, this made me laugh out loud. This is what I think while I watch the Olympics...exactly. Except not the coffee table book...but that is genius! Seriously, I would buy it. Are their bodies that way naturally or from the sport?? It is SUCH a great question! Although I'm thinking a bit of both as well. All the tall gymnasts get weeded out early on (I would know, I'm 5' 9" and never got past pre-team).

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  36. I <3 Seoul. Thank you for sharing memories of a place I certainly hold dear to my heart!

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  37. Yes, totally, book, now. I love the Olympics, my family still has a framed poster up in their home from the 84' Olympics in LA.

    And...
    http://thefw.com/olympic-diving-funny-faces/

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  38. oh gosh i would hate to be interrupted by table tennis. too funny! i can't believe you lived in south korea when you were younger. what an amazing opportunity. and you and your little sister are just precious!
    and i really think you need to get on that table coffee book. genius ;)
    xo TJ

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  39. I think it's gotta be some of both. Nothing on earth can make a person have the craaaazy-long arms Phelps has (sheesh, when he raises them up in victory it's unbelievable!), but the shapes of the muscles have to be some nature and a LOT of training that only a person with a very special belief in themselves can accomplish. The Olympics are wearing me out between avoiding nearly all news and staying up super late, allowing the kids to stay up super late (for them, not as late as I stay up) and the crankiness... but we're all having such fun enjoying them together and discovering new sports to oooh and ahh over. Good times! (I'd buy that coffee table book, I think!! Get on it!)

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  40. don't you just love Korea? I lived there for a year and have been back a handful of times. It definitely has a very distinct Korean smell - street vendors, sewers, Kimchi sweat, moth balls and subway exhaust all are triggers for me and I'm right back on the streets of Seoul. =)
    I love your idea for the coffee table book, I'd buy that I think.

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  41. so... i was reading an article yesterday that talked about all the debauchery that happens in the Olympic Village among the athletes (they bring in 100,000 condoms each time!) (why was i reading that?!) and i remembered this line from one of the athletes quoted as saying that errrbody there is phenomenally gorgeous: "even if someone's face is like a 7, her body's a 20."

    true enough!

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  42. ^^^ THAT is crazy. i've heard rumors of such....

    p.s. your little girl self is so, so, so precious.

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  43. cool! on the flip side, i'm headed off to seoul in february. i'm so excited :) but hanboks are quite itchy, i'll give you that, haha.

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  44. I would totally buy your coffee table book. And funny because my husband told me tonight that he thought my Olympic sport was definitely talking. Psh. I would gold medal in it!

    1988 was the year I was obsessed with the Olympics. I taped them...with a VCR!

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  45. for your coffee table book..
    http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2012/08/09/158448224/olympic-bodies-they-just-dont-make-them-like-they-used-to

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