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Veterans Day in Fiji

I wanted to do something extra special for my service member on Veterans Day. The weekend didn’t only encompass Veterans Day, but it was my spouse’s birthday as well. Needless to say, I was hoping to spend the weekend someplace warm too. The weather was getting cold here in South Korea. Originally, we were going to make our way to Vietnam. However, I discovered the ticket prices escalating to a point where it wasn’t affordable. Later I found out, it was the same week as a very important summit there, which was most likely the cause of the price hike. In…

Goodbye 2017 and Hello 2018

I’m incredibly excited to finally introduce to you Wandering Rae of Sunshine! A New Year, a new blog name! A lot has happened in 2017 and one of the things I shared with you is that I was hoping to take this blog in a new direction. Well, I didn’t want to stop discussing career because my job is still a huge part of me. But, I wanted to be more purposeful on sharing the other good and sometimes challenging aspects of what’s going on in my life. It’s crazy to think that a year ago we were gearing up for…

November Update

It’s already November, y’all! I’ve been busy getting ready for the Holidays. First, for work, I have projects and awesome stuff keeping me going. Then, I’m REALLY looking forward to going back home for Christmas. If I didn’t have my commencement ceremony in December, I’m not sure if we would have decided to come back stateside. However, I couldn’t imagine NOT celebrating my two years of graduate school. Besides work and Holiday activities, I’m working on renaming my blog, too. I’ve been thinking about it for awhile now and figured I should have a name that is more representative of…

Autumn in South Korea

Autumn in Northern Virginia is on point. However, Daegu is giving it a run for its money! My spouse told me the slogan for the city: Colorful Daegu directly relates to how the surrounding mountains look during the change of seasons. Last Saturday, we decided to hike the Apsan Mountain. We’ve been wanting to do it for the longest time! With all the craziness in the last month, it kept us from doing it. My spouse got some intel about where the start of the trailhead was located and we headed there. When we looked at the map, it seemed like…

Must-Visit Destinations Close to Washington DC

When we were stationed close to DC, it almost seemed like a given that you HAD to visit the National Mall, Smithsonian Museums, National Zoo, National Archive, and so on! Besides all the obvious DC hot-spots, the National Capital Region is also close to some other nearby gems! I wanted to share with you some of our favs, especially because I was slacking in the last couple of years we were there. We camped more times than our trip to Westmoreland State Park. I swear there are more amazing parks local and national worth your time. Also, we’ve tried more Bed…

Reasons to Fall in Love with South Korea

Before getting into why you should consider going to South Korea, I wanted to give you all a huge virtual hug. Since sharing about my miscarriage, I have been receiving so much positivity and love. It’s been wonderful and oh so helpful. I cannot begin to express how thankful I am for everyone. When I first got pregnant, I was nervous being in a foreign country, especially at a location where the majority of its population doesn’t speak English. How will I ever get by? I have to say, I’ve never been so impressed with the service and care I…

Coping with Miscarriage

Friends, the last couple of weeks have been extremely trying for me. Last month, I found out I was pregnant. My spouse and I were incredibly excited because we want to grow our family. We started thinking about our life with a little one. What names do we like? Who are they going to look like more? Me? Or my spouse? At my first OB appointment, I found out I was five or six weeks into my pregnancy. I was about two months late, so it was a surprise to learn I was that early on. Anyway, my next appointment after…

Settling into a Duty Station

It’s been five months, y’all! We’ve been here for that long and I’m finally feeling like I’m settling into a routine. For me, the biggest struggle is the huge change from Virginia to South Korea. By all means, it’s not a bad change. Daegu is great! The people are wonderful. Daegu has lots of stuff nearby to see and do – and eat. For example, when we found an adorable Italian restaurant around the corner, I asked my spouse if he was able to enjoy different cuisine last time he was at a Korean station, the answer was no. So, I’m…

PCS Vacation: Universal Studios and Disney World

My spouse and I have PCSed together three times – and every time we’ve been able to loop in a vacation. It’s the perfect opportunity for a trip because my spouse gets time off and I can schedule my time off with him. First, it was our two-week cross-country road trip from New York to Arizona. Second, we cruised the southern Caribbean and visited Puerto Rico, St. Croix, Antigua, St. Maarten, Barbados, and St. Lucia. Before arriving in Korea, we visited Orlando. I thought it would be a good idea to enjoy Disney and Universal as a couple. I’ve had the pleasure…

Achievement Unlocked: Grad School Capstone Complete

My thoughts as I wait for my final grade. A couple years ago I shared that I’ll be starting grad school at American University – and I haven’t said much else! With work, school, and volunteering at my local installation, I was left with very little time, which I spent mostly with my spouse. In the last six months of our time in Virginia, things started picking up all around. That was also around the same time that we were looking to PCS (surprise!). I was really hoping I would finish the program stateside and have the opportunity to walk…