My Quest for Hobbies
Ever since we’ve arrived in Daegu I’ve felt incomplete without being able to partake in my favorite activity, this of course, being horseback riding. In an effort to fill the void in my life I’ve been on a quest to find new hobbies I can occupy my time with. My newest trial is taking Jive dance classes with 2 of my fellow teachers from school. This has been quite the experience as the class members are not used to having a foreigner around and are quite entertained by it. One of the men in the class immediately took a liking to me and demanded to dance with me the entire class. See below for how it went.
Most of those attending this dance class happened to be teachers, or administrators in schools in the area. When the above Fine Arts teacher first saw me in class he was very excited and started calling to me in English from across the room. When my co-teacher finally pushed me into dancing with him he refused to let anyone else dance with me when we were asked to change partners. My first impression of his sweatband, disheveled hair and insistence that he was Crazy!….about dance, at first had me mildly frightened, but he turned out all right.
He ended up being very nice enthusiastic, spoke good enough English, and taught me all the steps the class had already learned while they were practicing new steps. By the end of the first class I had caught up to the whole routine. It turned out to be quite a workout and was a nice experience to try to get involved with some fellow Koreans and have fun with my co-teacher outside of school. I’ve been to two more classes since and I managed to dance with a few others before the Fine Arts teacher stole me back in the 3rd class after he told me I broke his heart.
Check out what I’ve learned so far:
Other than dance, I’ve managed to take one Yoga class so far. The studio is called Ayurveda Yoga Academy, and they have two studios in Daegu, one in Manchon and one in Siji. I actually haven’t been to their studios, but they started a free yoga class at Buy The Book in downtown Daegu. It was a very relaxing class on a Sunday afternoon, and I’m looking forward to their next class on April 11th. Check out their facebook page for more info.
So even though it doesn’t look like I’ll be riding any horses in the near future, I suppose I’ll be able to fill my free time somehow. Maybe I’ll even rekindle my love for percussion…just have to bribe some music teacher to let me sit in on their Music after school activities.
**And just because it didn’t feel right not to mention her, see below for a few pictures of my riding trainer, and last day at the barn. A few weeks after arriving in Daegu I found out she had passed away of natural causes at an unfortunate early age. She was an amazing woman and taught me a great deal about riding and life. I still can’t believe I won’t be seeing her when I get back. Miss you Pat, thanks for everything.**