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... Further, men develop an expertise in carving one kind of form- so you may specialise in animals, and then never carve dragons. But after the lesson, I realised I still have no real appreciation for the art form as I balked at the expensive prices in the showroom. But the girls both chose a small piece as their birthday present from Mitch. Predictably, Charley chose a carved ball representing family unity, and Alex (working against type) went for ...
... for an hour or more I've no idea.
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... see. The Sacred Way was incredibly peaceful. Gigi and I lagged behind with Randi, Teri, and Sheri to enjoy the enjoy the stroll and take more pictures. Half way down the path, we encountered the stone statues of animals, both real and mythical. There were lions, camels, elephants, and mythical creatures who were a mix of many types of animals. After the animals came the human statues, high ranking officials and generals.
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... What a full and long day.
Hope the pictures describe this blog entry much better than I ever will.
Note: Toilets in China. Lots of them are the ground types. My first encounter with the bus station one turned out to be quite a "clean" one. In some places you could get a Western style or ground style - pay attention to the stall doors for drawings to indicate which. And always carry toilet paper with you. Always. :)