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.
The dance class a few friends and I have started taking is at 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.
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!