Froutz in China

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Emei Shan

Last week-end we climbed around on a sacred mountain called Emei Shan--about a 3 hour bus ride southwest of Chengdu.
The mountain is dotted with twenty active temples and monestaries connected by a multitude of stairs. It has been one of the Middle Kingdom's four Buddhist Mountains since the advent of Buddhism. Quite a hike, you can go up more than 2500m.

It's beautiful and very green there. The air is clean up high. But there are So many tourists (Chinese mostly) that it is impossible to experience any "serenity in nature"--or anything like it. Crazy.

Outside the internet cafe, on the outskirts of campus a little drum and bugle band is starting up. I think they are gearing up for the big National Day celebrations on October 1st.

We leave for 6 days in Tibet on Sunday.

Monday, September 26, 2005

Calligraphy Study in Chengdu

Becky studying calligraphy at Guan Xihua's apartment. See the big stone ink well and other accesories.

Sunday, September 04, 2005

Hello from Chengdu: The Tao of Discovery.

We arrived at our destination at Sichuan University one week ago. Since then we have been learning our way around, finding food that Clara will eat, and relying on Greg's considerable Chinese vocabulary to get things done. It is very humid here in the heart of Sichuan Province. But last night's wind and rain has brought a lower, more comfortable temperature.

Today we begin an assortment of classes taught by Chinese teachers. Katie will study Chinese language. Becky will study calligraphy. And all of us will learn Tai Chi two times per week. In fact, we are being measured today for proper Tai Chi tunics and trousers!

We hope to have internet access in our apartment tomorrow! This will allow us to use the laptop and attach photographs, etc. As for now, we go to one of the dark, smoky internet cafes outside the campus gates, but it's very cheap.--although all the prompts are in Chinese so that's a bit difficult sometimes. Also, all the letters have worn off the keys... Truly typing blindly, or in the blind. More soon.

The Froutz

Friday, September 02, 2005

Suitcase Sighting

Becky, just before leaving, all packed, ready to see a lot of new faces.