We are on break for Lunar New Year. (I have big plans-like organizing stuff-but we’ll see how much really happens.) We’re going to stay around Seoul over the break. It should be less crowded since people travel to see family for the holiday. -Since it’s been so long since I’ve written a blogpost, I wanted to take a minute to bring you up to speed.
We are over halfway finished with our first school year in Seoul! The boys have really settled in and are doing well in school. Caleb just finished his basketball season. Julianna is doing okay but has had a very difficult transition. Lots of insecurities, feelings and questions to navigate. It has not been easy but it is getting better. Her speech therapist is wonderful and I believe she will continue to feel more secure as she is able to express herself better. We’re learning that she really loves music; I’m sure there will be lessons in our near future.
FAQs: Do you like the food? Yes. There are many restaurant options around and we’re getting more comfortable with the shopping/meal planning/cooking aspect. Believe me, it’s a thing.
Do you like your apartment/neighborhood ? Sure do! We have a great view, have now figured out the floor heating and we have enough bedrooms for everyone. We even have a small guest room if you want to visit! No complaints about our neighborhood either. Since we live near a recognizable hotel, it makes getting home in a taxi easier!
Do you drive or have a car? Sean has a license but I don’t. (Yet.) Driving can be problematic due to the lack of parking options. One does not, simply, hop in the car and drive to the store and find parking nearby… So, walking and public transportation are often the easiest option!;)
How far do you live from school? 15-20 minute walk (or less when it’s freezing!), less than 10 by taxi.
Do you like Korea? Yes. It’s a busy city and its super cold right now, but we really like it. We’ve only been outside of Seoul a few times but Korea is an interesting country.
Shopping info: Sean and I are pretty limited on our clothing and shoe options, Caleb can find most things for now, Jacob and Julianna are easy to shop for. Honestly, we don’t shop often because we restocked over Christmas break in the states. — Food shopping: bring your own bags! Costco is available but soooo big! However, they do have the same snack bar as in the states, so that’s a plus. We can find almost everything we want and need, but it will take a multi stop shopping trip. I compare shopping here like shopping at Whole Foods all of the time. Local shops are less expensive but imported food can be more. So, we prioritize!
What food do you miss? Sean misses tea and Sweet and Low, Jacob misses Silk, grits and bacon (available, but at Costco and his mother doesn’t like going there), Caleb and I just randomly miss a variety of stuff, like canned green beans or soup. And our favorite cereal. Julianna is just fine! We all would like our favorite Mexican restaurant and maybe a Five Guys to be nearby;) Don’t feel bad, there are plenty of Western chains here, with only a slight twist.
I’ll leave you with a few pictures…
Ju and kinetic sand
Eating Turkish food
A really good pizza!