After our week in Vietnam, we made our way back into China, north back to Kunming. The heat was incredibly humid just hours away from Kunming, so we were a bit more comfortable after that. From there, we took a 7 hour train ride to Dali, and quickly grabbed a bite to eat before moving into the Monastery.
Yes, you read that right!
We had found out about a Buddhist Monastery that allows foreigners to stay there one week at a time, and learn their choice of Kung Fu or Tai Chi. Upon arrival, we were shown our rooms (men and women in separate quarters), and rushed to dinner.
Tai chi training was less intense physically than Kung Fu, which suited us just fine! We learned 1 form from start to finish, which comes out to around 4 minutes of movement. The slower, the better.
& then, barf.
View from a Brad: When playing hide and go seek in Chinese mountains make sure you look where you step in the bush or you might end up with something unpleasant and stinky on your shoe. I know from experience. The worst part being that it was from an animal that walks on two legs…….
(Still having trouble with pics/captions. If they do work: 1. Yuanyang rice terraces (southern China) 2. The view from our homestay in Tavan, Vietnam. 3. Rock on head! 4. Tai Chi in a rainstorm! Okay, we thought it would make a cool picture 🙂 )
|Tai Chi in the eye of a storm (me in the middle)|