Busan and Beyond


Is it really the end of June?

Clarissa and I have had a great month of exploring and making friends.

Our going to base routines have also changed. My friend Lingsze and her baby Hanna have started going to story time. They have a car and live in our building, so we have been riding with them. It makes my life so much easier because we go to the commissary after and I don’t have to worry about splitting my commissary run in half or bringing everything on the bus. Plus, Clarissa loves baby Hanna and I look forward to my Thursday morning with Lingsze.

Clarissa and I were invited to our first birthday party last week. Clarissa was a little clingy at first, but before we left she actually did the bouncy thing on her own for about twenty minutes! I was impressed.



On Friday, we spent the day in Busan. Tim spent a lot of time there in his Air Force days, so we decided to check it out. We decided that we need to go back for a weekend or something because the things we wanted to see were pretty spread out so we didn’t get to everything in our day trip. Clarissa did really well considering she missed her nap that day!

We took the KTX train to Busan which took about 45 minutes. That seemed really short because when we go to Seoul it takes two hours. We went to Shinsegae Department Store in Centum City, the largest department store in the world. Department stores in Korea are really like malls in the USA. They have several different shops with different brands and a food court as well. This one actually had an ice rink near the food court.

The Smoothie King had tables that look like Tayo. Tayo is a little bus that has his own tv show with his friends. Clarissa loves that show so we had to take a picture. She actually posed for me!



After lunch we took the subway to Haeundae Beach. Clarissa didn’t want to sit, so we ended up walking the length of our car and started talking to two guys. One is Canadian and the other is from Daegu but actually lives in Montreal. We walked to the beach with them.

Along the way someone was doing a photo shoot with balloons in front of a store. Clarissa of course wanted a balloon and I explained that she couldn’t have one. So a minute later as I am holding her walking down the street, she gets really happy and I realize that someone ran after us to give her a balloon. She of course wanted to hold this balloon herself, which I knew would be a problem. At one point on our walk, the balloon flew out of her hands and went into the street. She was upset but got over it. And as she is moving on, this lady runs up behind us to hand her said balloon.

We also saw this gem on the way to the beach.



I have eaten at a Sharkey’s in Blacksburg, but I can’t remember if it is spelled like our last name or this way.

The beach was beautiful! We decided that we will go back for Clarissa’s birthday since tourist season runs from Tim’s birthday to hers.



We probably spent half of our time at the boardwalk chasing after that balloon. It lasted the hour or so we were down there. I wasn’t paying attention when we grabbed a drink at GS25 and it touched the cold door. Pop!




Since we were celebrating Tim’s birthday early, we went to an electronics market. He found what he was looking for and Clarissa enjoyed running from stall to stall and trying to touch all the buttons.

On Saturday morning we went to the Camp Walker Library to sign up for the summer reading program. Clarissa and I received matching shirts. She also got a book to go with the shirt. We decided to go out to Father’s Day dinner on Saturday night. Tim wanted Thai and so we tried an Asian Fusion restaraunt. It didn’t have a huge Thai menu, but it had a few things to try. Clarissa looked so grown up eating with us. She of course tried a pepper and that didn’t go very well. Rice is always a hit though.


Last week Clarissa made Tim a Father’s Day card. On Sunday morning, I handed it to her to give to him. She took it and ran. She proceeded to take all of the stickers off of it. Later she handed him a wad of stickers, but no card. But we had a great morning playing at the playground with another dad and his son. Clarissa had a great time playing with the boy (four years old) and chasing after bubbles.

This week, Clarissa received a package in the mail. This truck is now her favorite toy. I took it out of the box on base because the box wouldn’t fit in my bookbag. She had to carry “man” on the train and the bus. Yesterday, he had to go down the slide. Today he went to story time.


Clarissa had her first official play date on Tuesday. We met a little girl from story time at Burger King. The girls played well together at the playground and shared their French fries. I enjoyed chatting with her mom. The dads even got to meet at the end and get along well too. We set up another play date for next week.

We spent most of the morning at our playground yesterday. Clarissa and I played about an hour before a little girl and her puppy came outside. Clarissa enjoyed petting the puppy. Then, her friends from upstairs came out to play. We haven’t played with them since it was cold outside, but they had been in the States for two months. Clarissa had a great time playing with her friends. The girl is about two months older than Clarissa and the boy is three and a half. They played really well together for about an hour and a half. They would have played longer but it was nap time for all three of them. Silly mamas enforcing naptime…

Story time was crowded today, I guess because school is out. Clarissa has already earned two of the three prizes from the summer reading program. I guess we read a lot of books!


2 thoughts on “Busan and Beyond

  1. marianne

    Love all the pics and enjoy all the stories. I love Clarissa’s smile and I can hear her sweet giggle. Glad you are able to get out and see the city while the weather is doable. Thanks for sharing. 🙂


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