Jan 14, 2019 - Flying to Hong Kong
Cathay Pacific Airlines does not disappoint. We felt pampered throughout the 15 1/2 hour journey to Hong Kong in business class. Between us, we watched 9 movies and were never lacking for food or drinks. We arrived in Hong Kong, checked into our hotel, and wandered the underground mall attached to it. Most of the stores were high end designer stores we can shop at in the States. The mall seemed to be one stop shopping, as there were groceries, too. The grocery stores were contemporary, well organized and full of ready to eat, fresh cuisine....Jump to full entry
Oct 23, 2018 - dad's perspective: tennis in china
Tennis in China: Focus, Discipline, POWER, Nike, and Yonex are words that come immediately to my mind when reflecting on our tennis experience in China. The cultural approach to training in Asia for our sport is very different than what we see in the West. According to the coaches at the academy who have been in Asia for many years, variety is not a big part of development. Most game styles I have witnessed are the same, hug the baseline and hit extremely hard and flat. First strike tennis is the name of the game and points are ending...Jump to full entry
Our last morning in Nepal and we all savour a chance to sleep in. For some reason I am wide awake at 6:00am and meet with Roger and Pam for breakfast. They are leaving for India this morning so I plan to go to the airport with them. Prem, as always, is on time along with two of Bikesh's fellows Nir and Kangsan (I think). Off we head to the airport and we can't believe the lack of traffic, it is a breeze. When we comment on this, Nir says, oh that is because of 'The Festival', everyone is still in their villages. No opportunity is missed to...Jump to full entry
Oct 22, 2018 - yangshuo weekend trip!!
Another solid week of tennis and fitness training and our enjoyment of China continues to grow! We were really looking forward to this weekend’s adventure in Yangshuo, part of the Guangxi Region of China. Yangshuo is know for their Karst Peaks (limestone formations that protrude up into the air forming individual mountains). This district is world renowned for it’s rock climbing and mountain biking. Our next visit my dad will organize a mountain bike tour of the rural areas. Yangshuo itself and the town center called “West Street” is very...Jump to full entry
Oct 19, 2018 - dad's perspective: chinese culture and history
China Culture and History Judgement as influence by naivety, media and lack of knowledge is best to be kept to oneself! Through my Far East travels and cultural immersion the past 4 weeks, I have gained a perspective that I am embarrassed (and at the same time proud) to say is quite different than my preconception. China is an unbelievable Country and it’s people are of the most respectful, diligent, and humble kind I have ever been so fortunate to come across. The number of times I have been assisted with a huge smile is endless. Having...Jump to full entry
Oct 15, 2018 - The Imperial Tour continues...
For once, our bus ride was relatively short. We headed out to the Juyongguan Section of the Great Wall, which was a mere 30 minutes drive from our hotel. Unfortunately, it was a heavily overcast and showery day, so our views of the Wall, as we approached, were very muted. Far from being an imposing barrier, perched on rugged ridges and set starkly against a radiantly blue sky, we were presented with brooding peaks, vaguely seen through a grey curtain, with the occasional glimpses of towers, looking lost in the mist. Unfortunate, yes, but...Jump to full entry
Oct 14, 2018 - Imperial Beijing
Day 18 Beijing Summer Palace As expected, our day began with a bus ride - of course! - to the Summer Palace, North West of the city. Dating back almost 900 years, this vast complex of lakes and palaces is a splendid example of Chinese landscaping. The huge main lake - Lake Kunming - is entirely man made and the spoil from the excavation of more than 2 square kilometres was used to construct Longevity Hill, upon which many of the palace buildings were constructed. In more recent times, parts of the palace was burned and looted by the French...Jump to full entry
Oct 14, 2018 - guangzhou part 2
What a whirlwind 36 hour experience Hong Kong Island provided. My adrenaline was flowing as the intensity of that city grabbed my brain and took me away from the routine in Communist China where the people are so simple and pleasant. We were impulsed with tons of shopping (LuLu Lemon/Brandy Melville/Lush) and many modern conveniences! I am happy to have returned to another full week of 12 "spinny" table meals, 11 more tennis practice sessions, 6 fitness sessions and 2 massages. Guangzhou and the tennis academy my dad is working at and I am...Jump to full entry
Oct 14, 2018 - my global perspective
My Global Perspective Ryan Wuhrman Prior to visiting the far East, the only exposure I have had to Asian customs was in my Mandarin class at Palm Beach Day Academy and an occasional visit to the Panda Express down the street. I used to despise taking this class when I was younger and often made fun of the language with my friends referring to class as "ching chong chinese". I had no idea why I was in the learning something that seemed so apparently different. Middle school was nearing when I began to change my thinking and realized how...Jump to full entry
Oct 14, 2018 - More Imperial Beijing
One thing I forgot to mention about Tiananmen Square, in the previous entry, was the intense security, both overt and covert. A local man we got into discussion with before arriving at Tiananmen Square, accidentally let us know that plain clothes security personnel would be in the square, that they spoke English and eavesdropped on tourists. Shortly after arriving in the square, Ray felt that we were being trailed in exactly that way, as he observed a man following us for quite a few minutes - didn’t get his picture, though! Perhaps our...Jump to full entry
Oct 13, 2018 - Xi’an to Beijing - HSTs and Hutongs
Our Odyssey to China is nearing the end, but there is still so much to look forward to on this trip, starting with today’s transit to Beijing by High Speed Train. On our original itinerary, this was to be our only HST trip but, you may recall, the lost days on the Yangtze were replaced by buses and an extra HST ride from Huangshan to Wuhan. That journey only whetted our appetite for the HST experience and we were really looking forward to today’s ride. Readers in Europe and the UK may wonder at our excitement over a fast train ride, but the...Jump to full entry
Oct 12, 2018 - The Warriors, at last!
On our budget trip, we had expected to be taken to shopping outlets but it certainly hadn’t been excessive up to now - that changed today! Our first visit was to a jade factory to learn about the different types of jade and to see how it was crafted by the artisans to transform a single piece of stone into a work of art. The presentation and workshop were very interesting and informative, but the objective was to have us spend in the showroom. There was a great range of excellent items to choose from and - mostly - we didn’t feel too...Jump to full entry