Changdeokgung Palace

On Veterans’ Day, we headed out to Changdeokgung Palace, hoping we could also get tickets for a Secret Garden tour the same day. The Secret Garden is only accessible by guided tour, and the tours are limited to 100 people each. We arrived just before 11:00, and although the 11:30 English tour was sold out, we were able to get tickets for the 1:30 tour. I’m going to break this into two separate posts, the palace and then the garden, since I have so many fantastic photos from both. Continue reading “Changdeokgung Palace”

Lunch Out in Itaewon

Yesterday, I ran into a woman who had been next door to us in the hotel. By happy chance, she’s living in the same neighborhood on post now, and it was nice to reconnect. She invited me to go out with her two young girls and another neighbor today. It was really nice to have companionship and a social outing! We went to lunch first. Here’s part of the menu: Continue reading “Lunch Out in Itaewon”

Wandering in Insadong

Yesterday, we headed out to the Insadong area, where you can purchase traditional Korean crafts. It was a cold and sunny day, and we just felt like wandering and window shopping all afternoon before going to a performance that night. [Aside: someday I should do an entire post on what my computer likes to autocorrect Korean words to; “Insadong” became “Invading,” for example.] Continue reading “Wandering in Insadong”

Change of Command

Last Wednesday, Domingos took over command of the Eighth Army Band, “Freedom’s Ambassadors.” The previous commander, CW3 Joseph Parenteau, is retiring after an illustrious career, and he has been a huge help to us in our move to Korea. We’re lucky that he’ll be in the area a while longer to help ease the transition and serve as a valuable resource. I am thrilled to have my husband back at a band making music, especially one that has such a vital mission. With the dissolution of the 2ID Band, the 8th Army Band is solely responsible for American military music for all of Korea. I’m guessing I need to take some more pictures of my husband so that I can remember what he looks like once this job starts rolling for him! I think there will be a lot of long days, nights, and weekends, but it’s absolutely worth it for this opportunity. Continue reading “Change of Command”