Last summer I spent four weeks living in a dorm room at Dongguk University in Seoul, South Korea! I should mention that I was 28 in this video and have had my own apartment since I was 18, so this was a bit of a shock for me! I apologize if I sound a bit snooty in the video but I was really having a hard time adjusting.
If you are planning on staying at this university, I highly recommend getting a mattress pad! The mattress was so hard that I would lose feeling in my legs and arms because it would push on my nerves. I ended up sleeping on my blankets and pillows to keep my hips and ribs from getting bruises!
If you have any questions about my experience, please feel free to ask!
On the first full-day we were in Seoul my friends and I decided that we needed to visit Dongdaemun!
As soon as our plane touched Korean soil we were ready to go out and explore everything Seoul had to offer…this was a big mistake. After spending 15 hours awake on the plane, more than an hour in stop and go traffic getting to our hotel, we immediately tried to find our way to Hongdae that night. We ended up getting lost and cranky. Continue reading →
A shy and introverted teenager talking to a middle-aged mother of three, someone who hates leaving the house walking 3 miles in one evening, and entire families spending quality time together. All of these happenings are the result of one mobile app, Pokemon Go. The entire world is talking about this phenomenon and how it has made nerds all over the world crazy with excitement over reliving their long lost youth. There is so much negativity around this app but what people are forgetting to talk about is that a video game is bringing together wholly unconnected people into a new community. Continue reading →
Yesterday morning I realized that I have the very bad habit of staring at my feet whenever I walk. I don’t know why I do this, maybe I am afraid of twisting my ankle. But then I remembered the photo challenge for this week and decided to look up, this is what I saw. Continue reading →
Lavender face mist, hot towels, and hours of documentaries were just a few of the awesome perks I got while flying Korean Air during my trip to South Korea! Let me share four awesome things this airline does to make your 14 plus hour flight a little bit more bearable! Continue reading →
Good morning my fellow conquerors! I wanted to let everyone know that I will be taking a week off from blogging. Sadly, my laptop hard drive has crashed and with it went all of my South Korea pictures and some post drafts. Continue reading →
I was busy planning and prepping for my trip before I had even packed my bags for Seoul. If I think about it, it really took me a solid year of information gathering, planning, and researching to get everything ready for me to leave. Even with all the research and planning I did for the trip there were still some things that I missed and not all of my plans… went according to plan. Continue reading →
I recently gained 25 lbs in a year. This may not seem like a big deal but I lost over 60 lbs and have been able to keep it off for three years. I am having a hard time and I am really beating myself up about the weight gain. I have come to realize that with all this extra weight there are some new curves that I love but there are some new curves that I love to hate. Continue reading →
My back and arms are on fire from all the strength I am using to paddle my two-man kayak towards the beach. But I quickly forget that as I hear all the cheers and shouting from the beach. No one is cheering for me, they are cheering for a young gentleman named Curtis who is whooping and hollering from the front seat. Continue reading →
The idea of capturing something “Pure” really struck me this week. I immediately thought of capturing something from nature. But as I began to look around I realized how easily the impure things can impede upon the pure. Continue reading →
Red leather with an embossed cover, floral spiral-bound hardcover with the pages falling out, pink and purple hearts to express the love I have for my husband, and finally a red checkerboard cookbook. These are the places where I gather the pieces of my life that feed my soul. Continue reading →
For a total of 912 days, 21,888 hours, and countless minutes my couch and I have gotten to know each other on a very intimate level. We cried together, got frustrated together, shifted through pages of data, and put 130 pages together that earned me a Master’s degree. I put myself on the back-burner in those two and a half years I was in grad school. Well, actually, I put myself on this couch! From the moment I came home from work at 5 p.m. it was me and this couch until 10 p.m. Then on the weekends we were together from sun-up to sun-down. Continue reading →
Sorry this post is a bit late but for some reason I never hit publish! 😦
Saturday, April 16 marked the day where my fitness and health will
power was renewed! HEB held their most recent Slim Down Showdown finale and it was wonderful to see all the healthy changes in the contestants!
What was really amazing was the HEB invited back all the alumni who had previously gone though the program!
Imagine you have just received your acceptance letter to the college or university of your dreams! Everything seems right with the world and your dreams seem like they are within reach…then you realize just how much it is going to cost to attend. Continue reading →
Namsan Trail is a wonderful place to spend the day away from the bustling sounds of Seoul! This trail is located right behind the university I am studying at this summer. To read more about my classroom experience in South Korea, click here. In the meantime, check out my video of the amazing things we found strolling along the green canopied paths of the trail.
P.S be on the lookout for a separate post about the Hanok Traditional Village we found at the end of the trail! 🙂
Ok well maybe not much of a shuffle, in fact, getting through the airport in Houston was fairly quick and painless! We made it through security check-in without any trouble and are now waiting to board Korean Airlines! Continue reading →
“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings
Adventure is calling me from my comfortable dwelling this summer as I prepare to study abroad in Seoul, South Korea. As a graduate student who has recently started my thesis, you can imagine that I do not get out much. In fact, my last vacation was August 2014! I have been pretty much holed up in my library every weekend since then and I am starting the get pasty! That is about to change and I am ready to go out and connect with the world again. I feel like South Korea is calling and I am ready to answer! Continue reading →
It’s always good to remember that we all start at the beginning! This is especially important for me to remember because I have changed career fields and have found myself starting over again! Continue reading →
Gravel crunching under my feet, dog panting, cicadas buzzing a slight breeze washes over me from atop the flood control dam.
I was born and raised in San Marcos, Texas. I called it my home until I decided to move to Corpus Christi for college. Every time I come “home,” I realize just how long I have been away. Ten years is a long time for a city to change and become almost unrecognizable. My parent’s favorite thing to do is drive me around town to show me what new restaurants have appeared and what old favorites have disappeared. I must admit that I really do not feel like San Marcos is mytown any more.
With all the changes come some nice surprises! My mom finally got us off the couch and out of the house to check out the new Purgatory Creek Green Space that has opened on Hunter Road. I remember when the city was just starting the Wonder World extension project to connect I-35 to RR12. Now there is a huge bridge through the area where there used to be low crossing roads.
In its place there is more than 570 acres of green space to hike along! I must admit that I was not prepared for what a nice hike we were about to experience! In Corpus Christi our hike and bike trails tend to be well maintained gravel paths that wind through neighborhoods. Well, what I found in Purgatory Creek were little foot paths winding through meadows, forest thickets, and flood zones.
With 9 different trails to choose from, the avid explorer could easily spend several hours hiking. From beginner to expert, there is a trail for everyone!
If you are stopping by San Marcos and like the great outdoors, I would highly recommend stopping by and checking out this gem of a trek located in the heart of the hill country!
I am sorry that I do not have pictures in this post but I did not plan on the hike being so amazing! I do hope to visit again shortly!