To escape the hotel one day, Domingos and I headed over to Annapolis, which is only a short 30-minute drive away. Our first stop was the Vida Taco Bar, which had an excellent and diverse lineup of unique taco combinations. You can order each taco with a flour or corn tortilla, or a large lettuce leaf. On Sundays, house margaritas are only $6, so we indulged with a couple each while enjoying some incredible tacos. Continue reading “Annapolis”

August 2017 Books

Standard Deviation, by Katherine Heiny: This book was both funny and a little heartbreaking at the same time. Graham’s second wife, Audra, is the complete opposite of his first wife, Elspeth. Audra is outgoing, charming, and full of chaotic energy, and Graham adores her despite their messy life and the challenges brought by their son, who has Asperger’s. It’s hard to describe this book, because in the end it feels like nothing has really happened, but it was an interesting examination of marriage and relationships.  Continue reading “August 2017 Books”


We’ve been back in the States for a week, so I guess it’s time for an update! I’m finally over the jet lag and I’ve made it through most of my PCS to-do list, at least everything I can do before our household goods and storage are delivered. I’m thoroughly sick of hotel living, but it is what it is. We had a very long day of travel last Saturday, but we survived and no one hassled me about my viola, so I count it as a win.  Continue reading “Transitioning”

Paint-your-own Ceramics and Book’Park

My friend Martha found a place in Haebangchon right outside the Kimchi Pot gate for us to paint our own ceramic items. Despite my lack of artistic ability, it was a lot of fun. You could choose from a lot of different items; I chose a mug, total price 25,000₩ for the mug, paint supplies, and getting it glazed and fired or whatever the process is called. I’m not going to share a picture of my product because it’s a gift for someone and I don’t want to ruin the surprise, but here are a few photos of the workshop. Text 010-8829-3687 to make an appointment. Continue reading “Paint-your-own Ceramics and Book’Park”

Cafe Sanmotoonge

I’m so glad I made it to Cafe Sanmotoonge before leaving Seoul! On our last Sunday in town, we settled into our hotel room and then set out with our friends in search of this cafe located in the Buam-dong district. It took a train, a bus, and a bit of walking (uphill) to reach it, but don’t let that stop you from visiting. The entire area is completely charming with many great views in every direction.

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