OOooooo….We’re halfway there….ooooO

The 6 month mark has come and gone and the realization that we are still here in Korea and have 6+ more months to go has been hitting us. We’re past the point of novelty and are left with just the reality of living daily life in a foreign country. A new batch of EPIKers has also just arrived, and if you are reading this, WELCOME! We can all remember the same emotions and anxiety we experienced when we first arrived, and some friends and fellow bloggers have been writing a few posts of advice for newcomers, so check them out here and here. My only advice is take each day as it comes and try not to worry that much and remember it will all work out eventually. And know that there is a huge expat community in Daegu so definitely reach out if you need any help. With that said, here’s a little rundown of what we’ve been doing lately and how we’re trying to make ourselves more at home in the foreign land of the ‘GU.

Since we’ve gotten back from summer vacations, it seems as though everyone has been looking for new activities to keep busy. We’ve been to and hosted successful dinner parties (thanks Mom for Taboo!), are trying to explore new neighborhoods, gotten to hear some of our fellow EPIKers play in a rock band, and I’ve started taking dance class 3x a week.

Levine, Sugar Joes, Daegu

Levine at Sugar Joes

The dance class a few friends and I have started taking is atย TOZ dance studio downtown. They offer a few different types of classes at various levels like Hip-Hop and K-Pop dance. The classes are 3x a week for 80,000 won a month. It’s been a pretty hardcore workout and we all get shown up by the Korean high schoolers who take classes 5 hours a day, but it’s been a lot of fun.

Here’s the routine we learned last week:

And since dance has been kicking my ass, decided to go for another round of acupuncture this weekend after yoga. Finally decided to ask how acupuncture actually works, and this is what he said:

– Everyone has “Chi” or “life force” running through them, and this energy runs on meridian lines through the body. When you have a pain, or problem it is caused from energy stoppage getting blocked up somewhere along these lines. The acupuncture needles are then inserted into the meridian lines to help the flow of energy to run smoother. –

Uh huh. Well, whatever the reason, if it makes my knee hurt less, I’ll take it.

Acupuncture, Daegu

Other than that Joel signed up for a Flag Football team, and started taking some kind of mixed martial arts class, so wish him luck.

In a week and a half we will also be going to Japan for a 6 day holiday! We’ll be traveling to Kyoto, Osaka, Nara, and Kobe so if anyone has been there and has any advice definitely let us know. So if we’re M.I.A. for the next 2 weeks you’ll know why. Until then, peace out!


11 Responses to “OOooooo….We’re halfway there….ooooO”

  1. I think it’s great that you’re finding home in the GU…. and OMG– That dance video has me so jealous! I was wondering what kinda stuff you were learning! Why does it have to be a 3 day/week commitment? So tempting.

    BTW–Have fun in Japan! I think it’ll be a wild trip. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. Hi!

    I asked Meredith about Japan, and this is what she said:

    hmm well definitely she should go to osaka castle.. it’s insanely pretty!! and kyoto has a lot of really great bars! kyoto has some beautiful temples too which i always loved going to. she should try to see if there are any local festivals …going on when she’ll be there because those are always fun!

    oh if she’s going in the summer, she should also know that it’s horrendously hot and humid ๐Ÿ˜ฆ like really bad.. and central AC is hard to come by! everyone carries little fans and towels to dab their sweat ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    i hope she has a good time!! i’m jealous, i haven’t been to japan in yeeaaars :(!

  3. Also, you are such a good dancer! You MUST teach me something when you get back. Promise? Okay.

  4. Hi There! I’m wondering where exactly the TOZ Dance Studio is located? I was told it’s near cell phone street in downtown…. but can you give me some more specifics… like what the building looks like… what else is around there?


    Heidi Benson

  5. @Heidi: Hi! Yes, TOZ is close to cell phone street. If you walk down towards the end you’ll see Rama and Bavana on the left side of the street on the second floor. You turn left there and its a few shops down on your Left. You should see a sign for TOZ dance studio on the ground level, but you’ll need to take the elevator to the 5th floor. FYI – they teach a new dance every week starting on Monday, so might be best to start at the beginning of the week. Holler if you have any questions ๐Ÿ™‚

    @Liana: thanks for asking Meredith for recos ๐Ÿ™‚

    @Christine: yea 3x a week is a little much, but it’s fun. COME!!

  6. Helloo visit from Turkey ๐Ÿ™‚


  7. OMG i loved the dance class. And you dance soooo good!!! It looks so much fun than gng to the gym to walk on the treadmill. I think i would like to do something like this. i’ll look into it in NY =)

  8. Hey, great blog! Question, the downtown hip hop classes. Are they just for women?

  9. Hi there, nope they are for everyone. There’s plenty of guys in the hip hop class if you’re interested in joining!

  10. Hi, I was wondering where the acupuncture place is in Daegu. Also, how much it cost and if they speak English.


  11. Hi Vincent. Sorry for the late response. The acupuncture place is close to the Sinmae subway stop, second to last on the green line. If you come out of the subway and are standing with Outback on your left and walk up a few blocks, itโ€™s past a flower shop and the sign has some kind of bird on it (this is all if my memory is correct) sorry itโ€™s so vague. Iโ€™m sure there are tons of places around Daegu though as that is kind of out of the way. It costs about 7,000 W per visit and the Dr there speaks perfect English. Hope you found a place you could try!

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