Practicing nunchucks with Sonya has got to be one of the coolest skills I learned while overseas. Wish you could have been there! … More STARTING TO LEARN: Day 93, Saturday November 30 2013
Went out to the park by our apartment and practiced Tai Chi with the old man who met there until we got too hungry and headed off for breakfast. After we ate we wandered around the streets by our house poking through whatever stores looked interesting. Worked from 1:30-8:00pm, then watched a movie and called … More TAI CHI: Day 92, Friday November 29 2013
We went to Tai Chi for 9:00 but we ended up there early. We climbed the mountain to kill time. We could hear drums and music and see people dancing on the other side. Drawn to the festivities we descended the steps to check it out. The path that led away from the mountain was lined … More TAI CHI: Day 91, Thursday November 28 2013
Had my last Mr Bean class ever! Headed to the hutong after work, but found that our usual cafe was closed, so we checked out one with a giant tacky santa out front. The cafe had a chill homey feel, with two large fish tanks circling the building’s supporting poles, and shelves stacked with dusty … More Day 90, Wednesday November 27 2013
When we arrived at Tai Chi at 9:00am one of our master’s apprentices was sweeping out the platform. When our master showed up we went over the motions of Tai Chi again and again for nearly two hours. We stopped off at Jenny’s Cafe (a foreign food restaurant) on our way home, Kira and Sandy … More TAI CHI: Day 89, Tuesday November 26 2013
Sonya didn’t work until 3:00pm today so we were able to meet up with her in the morning. We tried to show her the jelly fish in the springs, but when we started to go down the hill a bunch of the Chinese guys yelled at us, warning us there were people swimming naked (as … More AMERICAN THANKSGIVING: Day 88, Monday November 25 2013
Busy day, crashed when I got home.
Full day at work plus tutoring. Went to bed early as Sunday is scheduled to be a busy day and an early start.
Don’t have a whole lot written down for this day in China, but I have an interesting topic to talk about. Girl time. Yep lets breach that topic! In China there are no tampons, so shortly after I’d arrived I’d talked about this to… apparently everyone, because everyone sent me tampons for Christmas. They were … More TAI CHI: Day85, Friday November 22 2013
One of the things we really wanted to explore while we were in China was the world of martial arts, and Tai Chi was of great interest. We had looked into taking classes at a couple of dojos in town, but none of them had featured Chinese martial arts, and we were more interested in … More TAI CHI: Day 84, Thursday November 21 2013