Shaolin Temple

Trip Start Oct 08, 2011
Trip End Oct 23, 2011

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Flag of China  , Henan,
Saturday, October 15, 2011

The overnight train was an interesting experience but we made it through without a problem. From Luoyang we drove to the Shaolin Temple which is the home of kung fu. The temple itself is still a very sacred buddidst site but it is surrounded by kung fu academies similar to our sport schools where parents send their kids and they live at the school mastering the art. We went to a show in the evening that was highly regarded but to us was kind of slow. It had the biggest stage I had ever see and hundreds of performers on at once but Buddism dosen't really scream action. The best part to me was at one point they had a herd of goats as part of the show. I am not talking 10 or 15 goats but more like 50 or 60, I was sure there was going to be kaos that ensued but they all followed the leader and the show went on.

Today we had an hour kung fu lesson at one of the local academies. We learned a basic movement routine. The master said we were fast learners but the movements also worked muscles that none of us knew that we had. Following the kung fu we took a high speed train to Xi'an from where I write. Tomorow is terricotta warriors. Gina and I are doing well, I caught a minor cold but am working through it very quickly. Hope everyone is well at home.

Andre and Gina
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Mommy #2 on

Glad to hear from you. Ace no longer misses you as much. Getting used to routines around here and likes chasing the deer. We won't let him chase the mooses.

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Good to hear from you. Didn't think you had posted as I didn't get my usual e-mail from the site but Papa was checking and guess what - lots of news from you. Glad you are having fun. Stay safe and healthy. Look forward to more news.

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