We can’t believe we will be home in 5 days! As you can imagine it’s been a very busy last couple of weeks. We had a great time at Jeju Island. Sorry we haven’t posted any pictures. I will probably post some on Facebook soon.
The movers came a few days ago and packed all our stuff and it is officially in route to Austin! Damian has been very busy with work. With him on vacation last week there is a lot for him to catch up on. He also has a couple of going away dinners with co-workers. On Saturday we are getting together with expats from Samsung for a goodbye dinner.
We are so excited to come home and can’t wait to see everybody!
Our little precious Maya turned 2 on Friday. Damian of course had to work so I did the best I could to make her day special. She opened a few presents in the morning (she got a some “Frozen” hair clips and jewelry). We are waiting until we get home to her a kitchen set! Shhh…don’t tell her. Then she had her favorite meal, spaghetti, for lunch.
After her nap, we watched her favorite movie, “Frozen.” Then we met Damian for dinner at “The Harp.” Maya had lots of fun dancing with Damian while we waited for our food.
Damian finished his Korean class and we were all excited for Jeju island but mother nature had other plans. Apparently, Damian heard from a guy at work that there was a big storm headed for the island the day we were suppose to fly out. After a lot of thought, we decided it was best to cancel our trip. We looked at lots of weather reports and there was a tropical storm warning. Luckily we were able to reschedule our trip for the middle of August without any penalty.
So Damian’s birthday will be spent at home but we are positive we made the right decision. The last thing we wanted to risk was being stranded in an airport or hotel with Maya.
We have just been laying low for the past few days. Getting things ready for the move back. There is a lot that needs to be done.
We are in our final month in Korea and are so excited to be coming home. We will be home the last week in August! Damian is finishing up his Korean language class this week and then we are going to Jeju island this weekend to celebrate his birthday! It will be our last trip before we go home.
We can’t wait to see everybody. We have missed everyone so much. Maya has been learning family and friends names. She is quite the talker!
There have been a few new families that have moved to Korea, some with babies. So we have been showing them around and giving them advice. It’s nice to share what we have learned in the past year.
We will post next week with pictures of our trip!
If you are wondering what the weather is like in the summer it’s humid! The heat hasn’t been that bad, it rarely has gotten above 90 so far but the humidity is just awful. We are all sweating and sticky before we leave the apartment. So Maya and I are in need of a pool day. There is a pool about a 10 minute walk away but I decided to be brave and take Maya about an hour away to a huge pool that we have been wanting to go to for awhile. Since it was a weekday, I figured it would be better to go than on a weekend. I was right. It was pretty crowded for being 11 AM. But that’s Korea for you, its crowded everywhere!
Surrounding the pool is a few places to get food and snacks. If you happen to forget a towel or even a swimsuit there is a vendor selling anything and everything you could possibly need. They even had umbrellas for you to use for free! The only thing I thought was weird was that everybody had to wear swim caps or hats while in the pool. Since I don’t know Korean I was never able to figure that one out. My best guess was that it was a hygiene issue, but who knows. I don’t have pictures of Maya in the pool because I was the only one there to watch her but she had tons of fun. We spent about 2 hours there and she didn’t want to leave.
Nami island has been on my bucket list for awhile and Maya and I finally got a chance to go with Jane and the kids. It took about 2 1/2 hours by train but it was well worth it. We will try and go back so we can take Damian. Nami island is a man made island in the northern part of Korea. You can take a short ferry ride or zip line to the island. We obviously took the ferry. Jane and the kids would’ve taken the zip line but it was closed that day.
The island is beautiful. You can rent bikes or walk along the many paths. I didn’t get to take a whole lot of pictures but the island is very artsy and lots of places to grab a book and read. Metasequoia trees line many of the paths.
We hope everybody had a wonderful 4th of July holiday weekend. Although we didn’t get to see any fireworks (apparently there were some at the military base), we did get to enjoy a good ol’fashioned american bbq. We got to eat burgers, hotdogs, mac n cheese, potato salad, and watermelon all courtesy of Craftworks.
After a very filling lunch, we were stuffed…and tired.