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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

It has been a few days since I have blogged. Life has been a series of successes and failures. Yesterday we went to the Shanghai Museum, but the line was hours long and it was 100+ outside, so we decided to go have lunch and try the Shanghai Art Museum after that. Thing is we Read more

These past few days we have been taking care of details: internet/facebook/sim cards…..etc. and resting. We have also been getting to know Cortney’s circle of friends here. Peter is from the Midwest, like me. He is a good laugh and so enthusiastic to absorb all that is China. Leo, whose real name I have no Read more

Intentions were good to be up early, but jet lag won out. We started our day at noon. We learned some important things today: Taxi drivers can only understand where you want to go if you have it written down in Chinese Characters…pointing at a map in Chinese that is written with roman letters doesn’t Read more

10 hours of sleep, 2 hours of Yoga and a hot shower later, I almost feel human. Kailin was so excited to go out and see Shanghi. We had Asian pears and grapes for breakfast…really good. We also had eggs. Two of them were normal, but we bought a couple of different eggs that turned Read more

In transit. Everything is packed and in storage, including Gary. Well at least he is in storage in our lives, though he is more accessible than our goods which are gone for a year. I won’t miss any of the stuff, but I may miss Gary, esp if we run into I.T. issues. I am Read more