🌎Ancestry DNA Results🌎

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I am so fascinated with the world. All the different countries and cultures, just how vast it is…the different types of people all around the world, what they like to eat, what they think about, common traits, what they do for fun.

I believe that you need to know where you’ve been to know where you’re going—so I finally did something I’ve been wanting to do for a while now—take an Ancestry.com DNA test! 😱

I went into it only knowing a few things. For my entire life, I’ve been told that we are very Irish, Scottish, German and Cherokee Indian. 🇮🇪 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🇩🇪

I think taking these tests is so neat because…sometimes, you come out on the other side and your world is turned upside down. Sometimes, there are wild cards and you’re not at all who you thought you were! I’ve actually watched quite a few YouTube videos of people revealing their Ancestry results and thought that it was such a neat idea! I’m planning on doing a video myself probably later this week, if you’d like to see the video format! 🎥 Keep an eye on my YouTube channel! 👀

Without further ado, here is a break down of my crazy results!

I am actually 38% Great Britain, which also includes Scotland and Wales. 🇬🇧

This was very surprising to me. My entire life, I had just assumed I was maybe more Irish than anything else. ☘️As it turns out though, my husband is more Irish than all of us! 😂 He was 46% Irish, which is unheard of and almost half!

The next highest percentage was Irish though at 28%. 🇮🇪 I guess I just always thought and everyone assumed because of my red hair that I was very Irish!

12% Scandinavian was very interesting to me and I had no previously knowledge/suspicions about that at all! This would include Norway, Denmark and Sweden. 🇳🇴 🇩🇰 🇸🇪

10% Europe West would include Belgium, France, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, Lichtenstein, Luxembourg. 🇧🇪 🇫🇷 🇩🇪 🇳🇱 🇱🇺

That made perfect sense for the German! That is mostly from my mom’s side. The Irish was from my dad’s side, Great Britain from both sides.

I told my husband that being the majority Great Britain was actually spot on because I’ve always favored their quick witted, a’la Monty Python type of humor! My grandfather commented also on my love of tea.

Now…here comes some really interesting stuff! Since my husband was almost half Irish, he didn’t have as many variables or smaller percentages, but I had quite a few that really shocked me! 😱

5% Europe East, which includes—brace yourself—Poland, Czech Republic, Austria, Russia, Hungary, Slovenia, Romania, Serbia, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Lithuania, Latvia, Bosnia, Herzegovina, Croatia. 🇵🇱 🇨🇿 🇦🇹 🇷🇺 🇭🇺 🇸🇮 🇷🇴 🇷🇸 🇺🇦 🇧🇾 🇲🇩 🇱🇹 🇱🇻 🇧🇦 🇧🇦 🇭🇷

5% is a small percentage, but still quite a bit in my eyes! Half of these countries I know nothing about and some I had never even heard of! That’s about to change though, I really want to read up on them now!

2% Europe South, which is Italy and Greece! 🇮🇹 🇬🇷 It’s a little percentage, but this excited me since we are going to Italy! I can claim I’m not whole, just 2%. 🤷🏻‍♀️😂

2% Finland/Northwest Russia 🇫🇮 🇷🇺

I’ve always thought Finland had a fun sounding capital. Helsinki. Heelllllllsiiinnnkii.

<1% Middle Eastern, which would include Syria, Iraq, Saudi’s Arabia, Jordan, Oman, Yemen, United Arab Emirates, Lebanon, Israel. 🇸🇾 🇮🇶 🇸🇦 🇯🇴 🇴🇲 🇾🇪 🇦🇪 🇱🇧 🇮🇱

This was shocking to me. While there have been some not so peaceful relationships between my country and the Middle East, this interests me so much!

<1% Iberian Peninsula, which is Spain and Portugal 🇪🇸 🇵🇹

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And last, <1% Caucasus, which is Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iran, Iraq, Syria and Turkey. 🇦🇲 🇦🇿 🇬🇪 🇮🇷 🇮🇶 🇸🇾 🇹🇷

I was really excited about my results! I can’t wait to do a YouTube video about it!

Have any of you all ever done an Ancestry DNA test? If you have, were your results what you expected or not? How did that make you feel?

Let me know in the comments below!

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🐉\\ Knoxville Asian Festival //🐉

A Musing

  Today was bliss. 😌

  I got to go downtown for the second year in a row to enjoy the Knoxville Asian Festival. It’s the highest concentration of Asian foods, Asian people and cultures, wares and merchandise, and performances that Knoxville sees in a calendar year. ⛩

  I hope to one day be able to go and see countries like Japan, China and India, but for now this is pretty cool!


  I got henna done by a UT student who just moved here from India! 😱 I always want to geek out and ask people from other countries a million questions, but I slowly asked her questions about India and the culture and had a really good time. She wanted to take a picture with me before I left, which was so sweet! I loved listening to her accent while she brushed the henna on my hand; the Indian accent is so melodic!

 

  I also got my fix of matcha bubble tea, my favorite! 😍🍵 There is so much good food at The Asian Festival. 


 My friend Elizabeth tried some dango, which are these rice balls that come in sweet and savory variations. I love street food.


  My cousin also showed up and snapped this picture of us partaking in the traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony, which was great. Thanks, Rachel, shoutout to you, awesome cousin! 👍🏻😸


  I also took an old piece of paper that has been in my possession since I was a little girl. My parents used to take us to this Chinese restaurant which a man named Jerry owned. We always loved going to see Jerry. I didn’t appreciate Asian food back then—I know, such a shame!–but we loved Jerry and he loved us. He wrote this for me and I have always wanted to know what it says. He actually came to my wedding a few years ago when Tim and I got married! ❤️

  A woman at the Chinese booth was able to translate and it basically says: “I love you Avery!”, along with the date, January 1st, 1992 and some blessings and prayers for a great year, which I thought was incredibly sweet. The woman was amazed that I had kept it for so long and I explained the significance to her. 

 All in all, it was a fantastic weekend and a great Asian Festival this year! If you are ever in Knoxville, you should definitely attend! It’s usually the last Sunday in August from 10-6pm and so much fun! ❤️

\\ B u f o r d  H i g h w a y // Atlanta’s Asian Mecca

A Musing

  I’m baaaaackkkk! 👋🏻

   My cousin Rachel & I went on a short weekend trip to Atlanta. I’ve been to Atlanta several times since it’s relatively close, but this trip was different. The past times I’ve come, it’s been for my husband’s work conference, a thrifting trip my family took us on where we went to all the best Goodwills (SO much fun! ❤️), or a loooong time ago when we came and went to The Coca Cola Factory and to a Braves game. 

  This trip, Rachel and I set out to explore the Asian communities in Atlanta, in particular, the areas on Buford Highway near Duluth where so many restaurants, stores and karaoke bars are prevalent. We have both always loved anything Asian, but especially the culture, traditions and the food. 🍱

  So, here are some of the best things we found on our adventures!

Umma’s House Korean Restaurant
75 5th Street NW, Atlanta, GA, 30308

 Umma’s, a restaurant specializing in Korean & Japanese fare, is located in downtown Atlanta, close to the Georgia Tech campus and center. For that reason, they had great deals on food for cheap. The bento box I got was only $7! 😱 I had leftovers and it was so good. 

  Umma’s also serves authentic Bubble Tea, which is very hard to find in my hometown of Knoxville. Rachel got a Strawberry Smoothie Bubble Tea and I got a Green Tea Iced Latte Bubble Tea. I love matcha. 😻 Definitely check this place out! But find closer parking than we did! 😂 Or you can always use Uber! We did for the first time and actually ended up riding with someone who works for Uber Corporate! Our $5 ride back to the car + talking to him and our driver was worth it!

Han Il Kwan Korean
5458 Buford Highway NE
Atlanta, GA 30340

  Han Il Kwan, a rather ordinary looking Korean Restaurant located next to the Mighty Tidy Carwash on Buford Highway, was anything but!

  Again, I was astonished by the huge portions some of these places had! Maybe also because I didn’t have my husband to help me eat my meals, I always had leftovers! 😂

  I tried Bibimbap for the first time here and it was delicious. Filled with rice, noodles, bean curd, egg, spinach, carrots, tofu, cucumber and more, it was brought to me on a sizzling platter. Rachel got one of their soup specials, which was extra spicy 🌶, and it came with kimchi and more in little dishes to try. My meal was right at or under $10. Just don’t make the faux pas I did and mix your rice in if you get Bibimbap. The owner came over and told me,”You’re supposed to mix in the rice!” 😂

  In my defense, it was too pretty to mess up!

Sweet Hut Bakery & Cafe
5150 Buford Highway NE
Atlanta, GA 30340


 To check out an Asian cafe, head to Sweet Hut Bakery on Buford Highway. It was a little chaotic and busy, but they serve Asian desserts as well as more traditional American ones. We tried Strawberry Milk Tea 🍓 there and Taro, a dessert I had never tried before, but was very good!

K-Pop Store
5953 Buford Highway NE
Doraville, GA, 30340

  Now, for retail, you have to check out one of the few K-Pop stores they have in Atlanta! My cousin Rachel adores anything Korean and K-Pop, so we went to this little store in Doraville and were not disappointed.

  They had everything from posters, cds, booklets, pictures, keychains, stickers, lights, paper dolls, apparel, everything. The next closest thing would be going to any of these K-Pop groups’ concerts, that would be the only other way you would see that much cool merchandise. I got stickers from a group called Red Velvet and we both got some Korean facial masks to try! (The chopsticks are some ivory ones I picked up at an Asian supermarket because I’d really been wanting some. I got 10 pairs for $2!)


 Here is the blueberry facial mask in action. I felt like Iron Man. 😂

 All in all, it was a very fun, cultural trip! It’s the next best thing to actually going to an Asian country, which I am hoping to do someday. (After my trip to Italy! 🇮🇹)

 Atlanta has every kind of Asian culture represented, from Malaysian, Chinese, Taiwanese, Japanese, Indian, Korean to so many more! If you love Asian culture like we do, we would highly reccomend you check out Buford Highway near Doraville and Duluth on the outskirts of Atlanta!


P.S. Also, I’d like to give a shoutout to the VRBO we stayed in near Candler Park and Little Five Points! The owner Scott was amazing and it was so convenient and close to everything.