Garden of the Morning Calm is the most beautiful place that I’ve been in Korea!


The Garden of the Morning Calm has been on my list of places to see for a long time, but I’ve never had a chance to get there because it’s pretty out of the way. Having a car in Korea can be really liberating so when we had a three day weekend we decided to make the most of it and explore some of the northern parts of Korea that we hadn’t previously visited.

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How to Pronounce Korean Words… Without Learning Hangul!

How To Pronounce Korea Words Without Learning Hangul |

Even though learning hangul, the Korean alphabet, will make your life in Korea infinitely easier, I know a lot of people can’t be bothered to study a language for a place they’ll only live for a year or so. That’s why I’m going to teach you how to pronounce words in Korean, the easy way! Continue reading

Choo choo!

I have been so busy this week enjoying time with my friends! Since I wasn’t able to post on Friday, I decided to share something with you today…

Have you ever been invited to sit in the conductor’s booth?

Melissa, Mendi and I were only able to buy standing room seats for the train from Busan to Ulsan. By the end of the trip, the conductor in the caboose of the train must have been so tired of bumping us with his door each time he went in and out that he decided to invite us in his booth. Then he held out his phone for 5 minutes to show us an amazing video he took from his booth of the train running along the tracks.

Here’s a short clip of the view from the conductor’s booth.

Motivation Monday

I’m starting a new feature here at Life Outside of Texas. Each Monday I will supply you with a little motivation to help start the week off right.

week 1

Happy Monday, everyone! Have a great week!

So hard to say goodbye!

There’s one thing that’s certain when living in Korea…

Your friends will move home! I’ve had to say goodbye to a lot of great friends over the past two years.

In February, Korea lost some more great people. Faith, Anushka and Genessa all moved home. We had a going away party for them at a norabang (Korean singing room/karaoke). It was a lot of fun. I’m definitely going to miss those girls!

Hope they don’t kill me for posting this!

My Favorite Place

Yesterday I went to Busan with Dave and some new friends. It was fun to play tour guide for the day. I also got to take them to my favorite place in Busan, the burial mounds! These mounds are the graves of ancient kings. Probably.

burial mound

Giving Back

Yesterday I created a Facebook page for my blog. It got 82 likes in less than 24 hours. I feel happier than this guy…


I REALLY want to have a giveaway, but I need your help. I need 100 likes on the Life Outside of Texas Facebook Page first. Please come by and like my page. And if you have a page, please let me know. I’d love to “like” it!

Cherry Blossoms be a blossomin’


One of my favorite times of year in Korea is when the trees go from looking barren and dead to this…


I’m baaaack!

Hey, y’all! I’m finally back in Korea after what felt like the longest day of travel in my life! I woke up two days before my flight with a pretty nasty sinus infection.

All I wanted to do today was rest up, but it’s our day for the cleaners to come. Dave, being the awesome guy that he is, made signs this morning and taped them to the bedroom door.

I have so many things I want to blog about, but I have been so busy doing said things that it doesn’t leave me with a lot of time to blog. Please be patient while I get healthy and then I will get this thing back up and running.


Busan for the weekend


This weekend we had a going away party for 3 of my teacher friends that leave Korea in a few weeks. I took the train from Ulsan to Busan on Friday afternoon. The weather was really crappy, but I enjoyed the view on the train when we approached Busan. The wind was really strong and there were actually waves in the sea. You just don’t see that here. I took several photos, but I liked this one with a bit of the Busan skyline in the background.