End of an Era

Today marks the end of an era.  I’ve termed it the Age of B.S.  B.S. stands for “Before Sienna.”  (Shame on you.)  As in, the 41 days we’ve spent here in Daegu without our beloved Toyota Sienna.  With no private transportation other than the generosity of family and new friends.  Just in case you’ve forgotten, that’s a […]

Moving in

Tomorrow is the big day!  We move into our new apartment.  None of our househld goods have arrived, so it will be sparse, but we are excited nonetheless.  Here are some photos of our place.  Living room Living room, dining room  Kitchen   WALK-IN Pantry.  That’s right, people.  Read it and weep.  Vanity (right), Walk-in closet (left), […]

Homeschooling: Day 1

I got this question from a dear friend today: “Mac, can you explain homeschooling?”  I assume she didn’t mean the whole concept of homeschooling, but just exactly what it is that we are doing here in our little borrowed apartment on the other side of the Pacific.  I was reminded again that I’m not doing a terribly good […]

The Jetsons (Life in the Future)

As one of my new friends shared with me, “When people hear you’re moving to Korea, they picture an episode of M.A.S.H.”  Hilarious, and probably not too far off the mark.  Heck, even I didn’t know exactly what to expect before moving here. On the contrary, living in Daegu is very much like living an episode of […]

Hotel Life

I think if we were a young childless couple, hotel life would be incredible.  No need to cook or clean, all manner of restaurants at our disposal, gym and sauna upstairs, massages downstairs.  As I said, incredible. With children, it is intolerable.  To put it mildly. Yes, all those perks are still there.  But for […]

Language Barriers.

Anyong haseyo! (Me: Smiling and bowing) I am a born-communicator.  Ask anyone who knows me.  According to my mom, I said my first word and sentence at 11 months (“See the dog.”) and I haven’t really stopped talking since.  I’m sure my family often wishes that I wasn’t so verbose.  Usually though, they just want […]

48 hours in

We’ve been in South Korea for 48 hours.  These first two days feel like a lifetime.  I know from my experiences in Spain and Mexico that the first impressions are some of the strongest and stay with me far longer than some down the road.  So I will try to capture some of what I’ve seen […]

More preparation… physical and emotional

These past few weeks have been a blur.  Paperwork, packing, planning, more paperwork… everything seems to revolve around this move. At certain moments, it brings about a great feeling of accomplishment.  I mean, the check-list I completed today had 15 major items on it.  And it didn’t even include the surprise trip to the pediatrician (and […]

Travel Plans

We received our official travel orders yesterday.  My husband will be a school counselor in Daegu, South Korea.  We leave in 3 weeks.  So much to see and pack in the meantime! I’m sure I will be a little spotty with posts until we get settled.  Pop in often to say, “hello” or “여보세요”.