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Asia » China » Guangdong » Guangzhou July 13th 2015

I just realized that the next time we will be posting we will be in Canada! It is amazing how quickly the year has passed. This afternoon, I spent some time lost in quiet reflection thinking about the things that I have learned during our time in China. Although there are a ton of things to speak of, I decided to narrow it down to three main things. Top 3 Things I Learned While in China 1. The Chinese economy is an empty city. Sean and I traveled like time bandits this year. We were here, there and everywhere. The one thing we could not help noticing as we fluttered about is that while there were cranes everywhere putting up these incredibly massive skyscrapers, the large majority of these buildings sat empty. And this wasn’t in ... read more
Shanghai Stock Exchange
I have pairs that are even more awesome than this

Asia » China » Guangdong » Guangzhou June 19th 2015

We walk this path. Footsteps falling: trials, tribulations, successes, defeats. The greatest question one can ask is, “Who am I?” We hope every step carries us closer. True humility comes when we stumble; True humility is when walls crumble and are rebuilt. We walk along these strange foreign paths, and one hard truth screams within. We are all human. Hold the mirror to faces, not trinkets and baubles. That may be the best way. For who are we when we lose the things that so shallowly define us? Strip away all that glitters and perhaps we will begin to understand the nature of quality. Less truly is more. In the reflection of that mirror Therein lies the rub: The greatest pursuits are born from the heart not just the need to sustain. ... read more
Kaiping - Old Hotel
Kaiping - Old City
Kaiping - Rice Fields

Asia » China » Guangdong » Guangzhou June 6th 2015

This week we have decided to create a little video... hope you enjoy! Check out the 2016 dates for our Hawaiian Adventure & Hatha Yoga Retreat! read more
Like a little kid :)
Foshan - Kiln
Foshan - Kiln

Asia » China » Guangdong » Guangzhou May 29th 2015

As we waded through the haze of smoke that rose from the endless grills that lined the narrow cobblestone street, incredible smells wafted from every direction reminding us how hungry we were. We checked into our hotel in X’ian just an hour ago, and after a day of traveling, all we wanted to do was relax and enjoy a good meal. X’ian is most well known for the 8,000 Terracotta Warriors that were discovered in 1974, though right now we have one destination in mind – food – and we know exactly where we want to go. X’ian is one of China’s oldest cities and was the starting point for the ancient Silk Road and dates back to 221 BCE. As such, one of the main characteristics of X’ian is its large Muslim population, and it ... read more
The Drum Tower
Muslim quarter - fresh naan
The Terracotta Warriors

Asia » China » Guangdong » Guangzhou May 17th 2015

For whatever, reason Bob Dylan has popped into my head: “How many roads must a man walk down, before you can call him a man… How many indeed. Life is an endless maze of mysteries, each of which leads us from one new thing to the next, though we can never be quite certain just how we will progress. Of course we have our routines and schedules, the things we know well and the little details that bring us our simple pleasures, but what about the elements of life that we can never be sure of? What it is that drives one to change? While the only constant is change, I wonder how we inspire change within ourselves in relation to any given time or space. What is it that compels us to wake up one ... read more
Koh Phagnon

Asia » China » Guangdong » Guangzhou May 12th 2015

“The argument was this: a civilization shackled to the strictures of excessive control on its populace, from choice of religion through to the production of goods, will sap the will and the ingenuity of its people- for whom such qualities are no longer given sufficient incentive or reward. At face value, this is accurate enough. Troubles arrives when the opponents to such a system institute its extreme opposite, where individualism becomes godlike and sacrosanct, and no greater service to any other ideal (including community) is possible. In such a system rapacious greed thrives behind the guise of freedom...” The Fall of Mazalan Series, Steven Erikson “China is an Enlightened Democratic Dictatorship,” Ivan tells us from the front of the room. It’s a good thing that I am sitting at the very back. No one is ... read more
First year military training
Woman in a tree
At the Guangzhou Museum of Art

Asia » China » Guangdong » Guangzhou April 19th 2015

It is early in the morning and the sun is already radiating its hot heat through my body. It is another beautiful day on campus and I am on route to meet some old friends in the garden that occupies the center of the university. As I turn the corner and make my way down a pebbled path, I take a seat at my usual bench shaded by a cluster of tall trees. I look around and see my old friends surrounding me. To my right is the huge stone bust of Marx and next to him, the imposing statue of Lao Tzu. Not far away is Confucius, still deep in thought, and my very dear friend Shakespeare is to my left. Just beyond Shakespeare is Beethoven and in front of me the grand thinker Da ... read more
My quiet friends.
Pea Soup
Canton Tower

Asia » China » Guangdong » Guangzhou April 11th 2015

“Erin, we have something we want to discuss." “Excellent!” I say excitedly. Rarely are my students so forthcoming with discussion points. “China needs feminism.” This statement comes from Sigrid, one of my Chinese students, as she carefully adjusts her glasses while offering me a wide smile. I pause and shake my head. I certainly did not see this idea coming so early on a Monday morning. Glancing about my university class, I see several of my female students nodding eagerly in agreement while the men quickly turn their glances to the floor, where they stare and shift awkwardly in their seats. “Interesting comment Sigrid.” I smile at her and fall into thought… Over my life I have spent seven years in China where my perception has always been that – at least in the large cities ... read more

Asia » China » Guangdong » Guangzhou April 4th 2015

“Hey guys, I got some bad news about Paul.” Those were the words that we – the group of my closest friends – received nearly one year ago while enjoying our weekly night out at the pub. Over the years our weekly ritual at the pub has become almost a second home where we share stories, drink our fill of Guinness, play darts and escape from anything going on outside. It is the same place where we have celebrated each other’s successes, mourned each other’s losses and shared countless hours of time immersed in our ‘shits and giggles’. As we stopped our game of darts and put down our pints, we huddled around as were told that Paul, one of our dearest friends, had just been diagnosed with cancer. “But he’s so young!” “And he’s in ... read more

Asia » China » Guangdong » Guangzhou March 28th 2015

MAYA Mum said I could write this blog because I really wanted to tell you what happened. We were going home to Melbourne when our plane BROKE!! Well it was going to be our plane. We came off the first plane in Guangzhou (thanks for spelling that one for me Mum!) but when we went to the second plane to Melbourne, the lady at the airport said we had to wait until tomorrow because the plane to Melbourne BROKE!!!! That’s EXACTLY what she said. How did the plane break??? (Did it break in half??? Yikes!!!) OK here are the bad things that happened. The plane broke (which you already know of course)… but not in half and all that. The bus taking us to the hotel where we were staying ALSO BROKE!!!which was ... read more
Maya trudging to the hotel after the bus breakdown
Chaos at the hotel

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