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Home Sweet Home: China in Minnesota

All of you who’ve read my posts are awesome. Thank you for following along. While I’m sad to see this journey end, I’m excited with anticipation because this was just my first try. I’ll be writing many more travel-inspired pieces as I explore new parts of the world. (Next on my radar is East Africa.) … Continue reading »

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Impressed With China

So did my year in China have me looking back with appreciation for its history and spirit? Or were the pollution and big government detractors of my enjoyment? Yes. Days before I left to go to China a liberal-minded friend said he was interested to see if my political views might change upon being in … Continue reading »

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Faces of Asia

It might be the single, most powerful image to humans: the face. In it we see so much; and from it we react so much. Ever examine your feelings when seeing different faces? It’s incredible how the subtle changes and appearance of a face can affect us: from the familiarity, relief, and comfort from a … Continue reading »

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Letting Go, Letting Life

The trek was over. I got back to Zhuhai, my home in China for the past eleven months. But though I was done trekking, I wasn’t through with traveling: I had 48 left in China to ready for a long journey back to Minnesota. This included the boring stuff like getting all my money out … Continue reading »

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The Final Leg

This three-week journey through central China capped off my 11-month stay in China. After it, I returned to my China home of Zhuhai for two days of preparations, reflection, and final good-byes to all of China. Bu first, my three week trip ended with a brief bit in the historic city, Xi’an. An ancient capital … Continue reading »

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Wild Monkeys

It was my last day at the Wu Dang Shan Tai Chi Academy. I was leaving at four o’clock that afternoon. And the anticipation of my exit provided a new vibe to my remaining hours. One thing I wanted to squeeze in that final day was to explore a creek that flowed in the valley … Continue reading »

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Tai Chi: Fantastical Reality

Initially, I chose to come to Wu Dang Shan (rather than other sights in China) because I wanted to participate in the culture—by way of doing tai chi. But let’s not neglect the fact that sight-seeing is part of the appeal here, too. Come along and enjoy the scenery that is also the history at … Continue reading »

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Tai Chi: What Goes Around Comes Around

It had only been two days on this mountain in Hubei province. But in a whole new environment—-one that encouraged the focus of every moment, no less—this meant a concentrated, super-saturated 48 hours that provided enough fodder for two previous blog posts. Yes, Einstein, time is relative, and seeing this play out when living on … Continue reading »

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Tai Chi 2: The Lifestyle

Last time we looked at the practice. This time it’s about the place and the people, about what life was like there on Wu Dang Shan. First the setting: life there is encased in a sea of mountain tops and valleys, adding to the ambiance in ways only thought possible in movies or imagination: When mist provided … Continue reading »

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Tai chi: Practicing the Present

My trainer and I arrived at the tai chi school mid-morning. Last time I showed you a few pictures of what this mountainside martial art boarding school looked like. After dropping my stuff in my room, my trainer took me back outside to begin. Not wasting any time. On the other side of the street … Continue reading »

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