Archive for the Daegu Happenings Category

The Beginning of the End

Posted in Daegu Happenings, Teaching with tags , on January 10, 2011 by Gina

Winter vacation has officially arrived, and with that means our time in Korea will soon be over. Despite the fact that some of Korea’s idiosyncrasies are wearing more and more on our nerves, I know I will be very sad to leave. Here are a few things I will miss:

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Christmas in Korea

Posted in Daegu Happenings with tags , on December 24, 2010 by Gina

It’s Christmas Eve here in Korea, and with that brings a sigh of relief. At least from Team Waygook who participated in the TOZ Christmas Party / Dance Competition last night. For the past 2 weeks we’ve been practicing and preparing for the competition, and I’d say all in all it was a big success.

Here’s the video from our Boxing themed Jazz dance.  I was super nervous, and I’d say I’m proud to just have not kicked anyone in the head. I’m trying to get over making a few mistakes, but in the end we all had a great time.

It was definitely a rewarding experience joining a Korean dance studio and I’m sad to see it end. Thanks TOZ!

The rest of the weekend will be spent with festivities and dinners with all the wonderful people of Daegu, and maybe some Winter Camp planning on Sunday.  Missing everyone at home this weekend and hope you have a MERRY CHRISTMAS!

TOZ Dance Competition, Daegu, South Korea

Amazing Race – Daegu Edition

Posted in Daegu Happenings with tags on December 13, 2010 by Gina

Amazing Race Champions - DaeguThis weekend, our wonderful friends Yujung and Gavin organized an Amazing Race competition around Daegu to help support this charity.  Part of the entry fees would be awarded to the charity, while the rest would go to the winning teams. Our team was awesome enough to win first place!

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The end is near

Posted in Daegu Happenings with tags , on November 2, 2010 by Gina

Ok, so maybe not imminent, but with the seasons circling back to winter it seems as though many EPIKers have been in a thoughtful, reminiscent state of mind. Since we started our contracts in the frigid months of winter the return of the cold has made me realize our last few months will probably be over in a flash.

The official sign from the universe winter has begun:

Daegu, South Korea

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Any excuse for canceled classes…

Posted in Daegu Happenings, Korean Culture, School with tags , , , on October 24, 2010 by Gina

…is a good day in my book. For some reason, October has been Festival Month at my school, which resulted in 3.5 glorious days of canceled classes. These school “festivals” consisted of a Field Trip, Chorus Day, Sports Day and what I will call “Flea Market Day” because I’m not sure what it actually was. Here’s a look at what goes on in my school when the kids are finally allowed to do something other than study. Oh, and excuse the quality of pictures, capturing the elusive “Korean Smiling Face” is not an easy feat, so most of the photos are candid.

Sports Day, Daegu South Korea

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Great Expectations – Korean Culture Scene

Posted in Daegu Happenings, Korean Culture with tags , , , on October 17, 2010 by Gina

Andong MaskDance Festival, Korea

As the months are ticking away and we’ve found ourselves with only 4 more to go, we decided to try and explore more of what Korea has to offer. So in the past 3 weeks we have gone to the Andong MaskDance Festival, I went to the Jinju Lantern Festival, and we went to see a German rendition of A Midsummer Night’s Dream ballet. There were some busts – like the lack of actual masks, or maskdances at the MaskDance Festival, and sleeping in a crowded jimjilbang for the first time. But the bright lights of Jinju and a night of amazing, inexpensive theater reminded me Korea has much to offer if you dig a little deeper.

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OOooooo….We’re halfway there….ooooO

Posted in Daegu Happenings, EPIK with tags , , on September 12, 2010 by Gina

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.

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