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Monday Night Salsa Dancing at OK Koala


One of my New Year’s resolutions is to become fearless and do things that make me feel uncomfortable. So, if I am afraid to walk into a bar alone that I have never been to, than I will do that. One of those things is dancing. I am terrible at doing that, and I easily get flustered and embarrassed whenever I try. Up until now, I have been avoiding Salsa Night at Koala. I had a very easy excuse. “But, I don’t know how to dance!” It was quite convenient.



Only, as excuses go, that one is pretty lame. If a person shows up at 9 pm, there are simple and free lessons where two people teach the moves and count out the steps and each of the movements. So far, I have been twice, and I have made myself at least try. Sometimes, I got a little flustered, and gave up. But, that doesn’t mean I won’t try again next week and build on what I learned the week before. The beauty of Salsa Night at OK Koala is that nobody really judges you on if you are a good dancer or not. It seems how much fun you are having is more important.


For those who may not know, OK Koala is located near the BRT station where Tongjiang and Hehai Roads intersect in Xinbei. There is no cover charge.

A Newb’s Introduction to Dining in Jiangyin

img_20161211_193844While visiting Jiangyin either on business or as a tourist, there are a few western restaurants to consider eating at. While the city is smaller than Changzhou and belongs to Wuxi, Jiangyin is highly developed and quite modernized. There is one spot in the downtown area that seems to be central to dining and nightlife. Yijian Road has a lot of bars and restaurants.


The biggest draw in the area seems to be a German establishment, Hofbrauhaus and a few others.

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While Yijian Road seems to be a culinary hub, these are not the only places to eat when visiting Jiangyin. Take, for example, St. Marco. This European eatery is just down Chaoyang Road from Huangshanhu Park. That park, and the others near in close proximity, are the more well known Jiangyin attractions. People on a day trip from Changzhou could pair visiting those parks with eating at St. Marco. As stated earlier, these are likely not the only decent places to eat in this city, but this was only my third visit, and I’m still figuring out where things are there.