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Autumn in South Korea

Autumn in Northern Virginia is on point. However, Daegu is giving it a run for its money! My spouse told me the slogan for the city: Colorful Daegu directly relates to how the surrounding mountains look during the change of seasons. Last Saturday, we decided to hike the Apsan Mountain. We’ve been wanting to do it for the longest time! With all the craziness in the last month, it kept us from doing it. My spouse got some intel about where the start of the trailhead was located and we headed there. When we looked at the map, it seemed like…

Must-Visit Destinations Close to Washington DC

When we were stationed close to DC, it almost seemed like a given that you HAD to visit the National Mall, Smithsonian Museums, National Zoo, National Archive, and so on! Besides all the obvious DC hot-spots, the National Capital Region is also close to some other nearby gems! I wanted to share with you some of our favs, especially because I was slacking in the last couple of years we were there. We camped more times than our trip to Westmoreland State Park. I swear there are more amazing parks local and national worth your time. Also, we’ve tried more Bed…

Reasons to Fall in Love with South Korea

Before getting into why you should consider going to South Korea, I wanted to give you all a huge virtual hug. Since sharing about my miscarriage, I have been receiving so much positivity and love. It’s been wonderful and oh so helpful. I cannot begin to express how thankful I am for everyone. When I first got pregnant, I was nervous being in a foreign country, especially at a location where the majority of its population doesn’t speak English. How will I ever get by? I have to say, I’ve never been so impressed with the service and care I…

Coping with Miscarriage

Friends, the last couple of weeks have been extremely trying for me. Last month, I found out I was pregnant. My spouse and I were incredibly excited because we want to grow our family. We started thinking about our life with a little one. What names do we like? Who are they going to look like more? Me? Or my spouse? At my first OB appointment, I found out I was five or six weeks into my pregnancy. I was about two months late, so it was a surprise to learn I was that early on. Anyway, my next appointment after…

Settling into a Duty Station

It’s been five months, y’all! We’ve been here for that long and I’m finally feeling like I’m settling into a routine. For me, the biggest struggle is the huge change from Virginia to South Korea. By all means, it’s not a bad change. Daegu is great! The people are wonderful. Daegu has lots of stuff nearby to see and do – and eat. For example, when we found an adorable Italian restaurant around the corner, I asked my spouse if he was able to enjoy different cuisine last time he was at a Korean station, the answer was no. So, I’m…

PCS Vacation: Universal Studios and Disney World

My spouse and I have PCSed together three times – and every time we’ve been able to loop in a vacation. It’s the perfect opportunity for a trip because my spouse gets time off and I can schedule my time off with him. First, it was our two-week cross-country road trip from New York to Arizona. Second, we cruised the southern Caribbean and visited Puerto Rico, St. Croix, Antigua, St. Maarten, Barbados, and St. Lucia. Before arriving in Korea, we visited Orlando. I thought it would be a good idea to enjoy Disney and Universal as a couple. I’ve had the pleasure…

About That One Time in Seoul

I’m a little behind on things in South Korea. Getting adjusted to a new work schedule and life in Daegu has been a wild and crazy ride! As I mentioned in my last post, we are also trying to make the most of being stationed here, so Busan was our last trip. However, I forgot to share that we spent a wonderful weekend in Seoul last month. The Army celebrated its 242nd birthday on June 14 – and we traveled to Seoul to attend the Birthday Ball. Y’all, it was my FIRST birthday ball experience and I had a blast!…

Fourth of July at Busan, South Korea

After we unpacked our final box, we started crafting our South Korea/Asia bucket list and are determined to make the most of the time off, especially during American holidays! The first holiday in the country was Memorial Day, but we decided to stay in town and finish unpacking our goods. Our stuff arrived here the Friday before Memorial Day. So, it seemed natural to power through the weekend to set-up our new home here. However, for the Fourth of July (the next long weekend), we traveled to Busan for a beach weekend and had a wonderful time. What a vibrant…

Why Having a Mobile Office is Important for Working MilSpouses

As a military spouse, we learn that things can change at any time…no matter what is going on. With my job being an important part of my life, I knew I would have to take the necessary precautions to be able to work from anywhere, literally! At the airport. Inside a plane. At a coffee shop. From my parents’ house. In an empty apartment on the floor and later on a card table. Inside a hotel room and lobby. All those things happened during the two-month move process from Northern Virginia to South Korea. I was without an office for…

Good-bye Northern Virginia, Hello South Korea

So, I left Northern Virginia. It’s unbelievable to type out (let alone say out loud) that I live in South Korea now. Who knew that I would be here? My husband and I sure didn’t think another assignment in South Korea would land on our plate. Alas, it did. And instead of doing another unaccompanied tour like our last go around, we opted to do command sponsorship this time. Why? Unlike last time, I already work from home. I didn’t have a career to worry about. With those factors in mind, why not? It was still a difficult pill to…