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This is just a small aside. Pictures will never do justice to all the amazing flowers and their equally amazing smells, but here is an attempt to share. Also, I only seem to be able to photograph reptiles, bugs, amphibians, and mammals that hold still; But know that there are stunning birds on the loose Read More

These past months have been excellent and routine oriented. I know I promised to blog monthly, but the circle of our days and how tired we were after running/boxing/swimming and yoga made blogging somewhat un-attractive. The good news is now I have loads to share. In my last blog I talked about daily life at Read More

I love islands, beaches, warm moist air and sunny days, but we have gone from one extreme to another. The mountains have thickened our blood to where Thailand feels quite hot, especially since we have no air conditioning. We will get use to it! I have to say the ocean is perfect here. I can Read More

Sunday morning we left the mountain with Christy. She is heading to India to teach accounting to street children that have been taken in by this couple that runs an educational orphanage of sorts. It is good to have her with us. We spent the day in Shiyan eating. It was so good to have Read More

This was our last week on the mountain before we leave for Thailand and adventures new. We have been packing and trying to decide what we might need to take and what to leave behind in storage. We are definitely traveling light. We also packed and sent our first box of stuff back to England Read More

This week has been pure routine so I thought I would take the opportunity to describe daily life in this part of China. I say this part, because China is BIG and varied. Much like the USA only they have vastly different cultures and traditions. They even have different languages, though Mandarin is suppose to Read More

What was the big event? Yes, I turned 50 this week! On the 20th I arrived at what, optimistically, is 1/3rd of the way through this life. The first 18-20 years I was a child and a wonderful childhood it was. This means I have only been practicing being an adult for 30 years, of Read More

It has been decided. We are going to Thailand. We leave the mountain on December 5th. It will take us 4 bus rides, 1 train ride, a flight to Kuala Lumpur (Malasia), 4 days here to get our Thai Visa’s, another flight and a car ride to end up in Phukett. We will find sun Read More

It is that time: time to renew our Chinese Visas. This means pictures, a trip to the police station and money. $400 for two – 3 month visas. Ouch! It is way more expensive for Americans. If we were from Norway it would only be $50. Apparently, they base what they charge people on what Read More

This week was filled with comings and goings. Lyn (Chinese) had a great leaving dinner at one of the little restaurants by our temple. It was our first time eating there. The food was excellent and Lyn was the perfect Chinese hostess: lots of food and drink. The Germans also left and we all had Read More

We returned from Xian on Friday, just in time for Zhen Wu’s birthday celebration at our temple on Saturday and the Wushu Championship opening ceremony in Shi Yan that evening. Over the time we were gone the Purple Heaven Temple had been transformed. It was covered in flags, and paper lanterns. Pavilions had been raised Read More

Today is the 28th and I am finally blogging again. The last two and half weeks have been very busy, plus the temperature has dropped way down and we still don’t have heat in our rooms, so life has been train/eat/hide under our covers to keep warm….Never mind….Let me bring all you travel fans up Read More

This week has seen yoga become a regular thing. Simon and Christy are committed and others are giving serious consideration. It is good for me to have company, as I push more that way. Monday the three of us went up to the Red Army Shire, above Purple Heaven, to meditate as the Taoist drums Read More

Practice has been intensifying. We are moving into more complicated kicks and kicking combinations, but the hardest new thing this week was the chicken walk: forward and backwards. All the way down in a squat. My thighs and knees had a fit! Master Guan also started full drop back backbends with us. That was good Read More

Master Guan has returned! We are all very happy to have him back. He is tough, but through. Also, the film crew that scoped the school a couple of weeks ago returned. They interviewed Kailin and I, filmed our rooms, and practice. This week has seen us finishing the tiger, and starting dragon.  We are Read More

Packing up in England, leaving behind friends and family once again, traveling across the world, way different food and climate, whole new workout regime, whole new set of environmental factors finally caught up with us this week. I started in with a sore throat into a full blown cold on Monday and Kailin followed on Read More

It has rained all week. When I say rain, I mean every kind of rain: mist, slow rain, dew, light rain, hard rain, sideways rain, and torrential down pour! When it rains we practice under the 2nd floor walk way around our school. Fortunately, there are not too many of us at the moment and Read More

On Monday I repacked…again…as we are now taking all our luggage with us on the plane. Kailin did her job. It was good experience. She and a little girl, maybe 7, were flower girls.  They did the shot with 3 older girls…2 were bridesmaids and one was the bride. It was a throwing flowers scene Read More

Good news we have train tickets…whoops…no we don’t….yes we do…at last….no, we don’t….we are going to fly….there are tickets…no there are not….yes there are…we have ticket for Sunday!!! The payment didn’t go through….credit card security…6 telephone calls later(even though I called before we left to notify them) and we have paid for tickets….We will ship Read More

This week started off with a bang. We went into Cort’s office and got help with topping up our phones. Not difficult once you understand what to do, but impossible without speaking Chinese. Gary is wiring us money via the internet…he was at it 3 days due to technical difficulties on the UK end and Read More