I’m back in Korea! I’d dreamed of this but never actually thought I’d be living here again. But I am!
P went active duty, and we got stationed in Korea. And I couldn’t be more excited!
SO much has happened since we moved here 3 months ago, so I thought I’d do an ABC list on everything that’s happened. Sorry it took so long to get this started. I had a new blog designed and with everything going on, I just haven’t had time. So here goes!
ABC’s of being in Korea…again
Army Lodging – When we first arrived in Korea, we stayed at a really nice hotel in Seoul at the Army base for a week. Luckily we arrived during Chuseok, so we had a few extra days to explore Seoul. After that really nice hotel we got on the bus and headed to our permanent station at Camp Humphreys and stayed at Army Lodging for two weeks. Army Lodging wasn’t near as nice as the really nice hotel. But it was near the PX which had the food court. If we wanted to go outside base we had to take the bus to the main gate and walk off post.
AF Pizza – We have THE best pizza place here, and it just happens to be right near our house! Not only do they have fantastic pizza but they also have amazing fried chicken and chicken tenders and French fries. SO good. And they even bring you honey mustard.
Beach – We found out about this place at the beach called Sapgyoho Marine Park, and it was pretty cool. They had this deserted amusement park right next to the beach and pier. We were literally THE only people at this amusement park. We rode the ferris wheel and walked around looking at all the rides that no one was riding.
Car – We decided to not bring our cars to Korea, and I am so glad we didn’t. Korean drivers are CRAZY. Seriously. When you are driving in the city it is a 10 and 2 hands on the wheel kind of thing. They park literally ANYWHERE they want. On the side of the road in a lane. Up on the curb. In a parking lot with no extra spaces…they create their own space. And then you can’t get out of your own space. This happens all the time. We went shopping and parked in an actual parking space, and someone parked where they weren’t supposed to and blocked us in. I had to get out of the car and stand in the rain and help direct P to somehow get of the space without hitting the car. He had to drive up on the curb at an angle to get out. I don’t think that is something I will ever forget. Oh and driving laws? Schmaws laws. Koreans look at them as just suggestions. Red light? No big deal. I’ll just run that. Blinking red lights? You’re supposed to stop and look around before proceeding (which we learned when getting our drivers license), but in reality you just really look around to make sure no one is coming and then proceed. So about our car…we ended up buying an 11-year old Kia Sorrento a couple of weeks after arriving here, and it’s been great for us. It’s a diesel which is different (most cars here are Diesel) but it runs great.
Daiso – One of my reasons I’m so glad to be back….Daiso! The very BEST dollar store ever! It’s more like a Dollar General in that not everything is a dollar, but they have SO much of what you need. Literally every time you go you find something else that you “need”. This one is less than 20 minutes from our house, and it’s the best one ever since it’s three stories.
eMart – eMart is like Super Target. It’s about 20 minutes from our house. It has two levels, with groceries, makeup, shoes, toys, and housewares on the bottom level and clothes and appliances on the second level.
Fall – Fall in Korea is absolutely gorgeous. Coming from Texas where fall colors aren’t really a big thing I just LOVE the fall colors.
Goldie – Let me introduce you to Goldie! P and I adopted a dog one day after we moved into our house. She is a Golden retriever and Chesapeake Bay (I think) mix. She’s a hot mess, but we love her. She is super fast at getting food off of our kitchen counter when we’re cooking. Or getting hats, scarves, gloves, sunglasses, etc off the kitchen counter and shreds them to pieces. But we still love her!
House – Our house is awesome! When I lived in Korea before I lived in a two-bedroom apartment, and I had the biggest apartment of anyone I knew. So I wasn’t sure what to expect when we moved back. We have a very good sized house, which is bigger than our house in Texas. We have four bedrooms, including one guest room for YOU! When we first moved in, we had to borrow furniture from the Army until our household goods arrived from the ship.
Harlem Globetrotters – The Harlem Globetrotters came, and I met up with friends to see them. I tell ya what…after seeing them play a basketball game I don’t know that I would ever want to go see a “regular” old basketball game again.
IKEA – P and I drove to IKEA in Seoul one night to get some stuff for our house. We were THE only foreigners there, and it was packed. Koreans must love IKEA!!!!
Jelly candy – I found this jelly gummy candy at Daiso, and they are so good! I’ve only tried the peach ones but want to try the other ones too.
Konglish – Oh, how I missed Konglish. Konglish is English which doesn’t quite make sense. Here are two examples. The pink sweatshirt I bought at our local market.
Lights festival – P and I went to the lights festival in Seoul. Now it doesn’t come close to the one in Jinju, but we still enjoyed it. We are definitely going to the one in Jinju in October.
Mountains – Some friends and I went on a tour to go hiking in the mountains at Gyeryongsan National Park, and it was SO beautiful. The fall colors were just gorgeous. P was so jealous that I went without him.
Norebang – One of my favorite things about Korea…..Norebangs! When we were in Seoul, I introduced P to a norebang. He was pretty hesitant since he says that karaoke should be in front of people, but he ended up loving it.
Olympics – So you know that the winter Olympics are going to be in Korea in 2018….and we are going!
Palaces – We went to Gyeongbokgong Palace and Changdeokgung Palace in Seoul. Such amazing history. We went during Chuseok, which is their Korean Thanksgiving and biggest holiday.
Sorry. I got nothing for Q.
Rice fields – We don’t live in a big city but more in the suburban country. We are surrounded by rice fields. In fact, the best rice in the whole country is grown here. Here is sunset from our house. Gorgeous, isn’t it?
And here is one of the houses in our neighborhood. They are all growing something.
Snow – It has snowed here about 5 times already this winter. And I LOVE it! In fact it snowed on the day our household goods arrived. It was a trip to watch them bring in all of our stuff in the snow!
Seoul Tower – P and I went to Seoul Tower and timed it so that we were at the top at sunset (that was my idea). The view was amazing.
Unaccompanied baggage – When we traveled we brought 8 bags with us. And we were able to ship several hundred pounds of unaccompanied baggage which arrived by plane instead of our household goods which arrived by ship.
Ville – Right outside post there is the walk-in gate which leads to the ville, where most of the restaurants are. On the 3rd and 8th days of the month (3rd, 8th, 13th, 18th, 23rd, and 28th) they have a market where local farmers and such come and sell food and clothes and more.
Website – I have a brand new website for my educational business, and I’m so excited to share it with you!
Click HERE to check it out!
Excited – I am BEYOND excited to be back in Korea! Like I am literally giddy! I love living here!
Yaki manda – I’ve already had yaki manda several times which is Korean dumplings. They are so yummy!
DMZ – P and I went on a tour of the DMZ. I had gone before, but Paul had never been before. He LOVED all the history and couldn’t get enough of it.
Hopefully my ABC list has given you a taste of what it’s like to live here. If you would like to see a blog post on something specific, just write a comment and let me know! Oh, and by the way…I LOVE comments! It makes me feel like someone is actually reading my blog.
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Until next time…