Pilates Mat training started yesterday!

9 days of training to continue my Pilates journey….

 

At the Orange Room

  
 

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Wonderful day in Dongshan!

Last week I went on a wonderful trip with Tracy and Michael again – tour guides extradanaires! 

This trip we went to Dong Shan village on the southern shores of Lake TaiHu. This was again about a 2 hour bus ride outside of Shangahi.  Dong Shan is not only a thriving fishing community, but is home of Bi Luo Chun tea bushes which are considered to be China’s best. 

First we wandered through the fishing village speaking with a local fisherman – Mr. Zhu and then had a wonderful lunch cooked by he and his wife.

Here’s a list of what we ate:

Silver fish and egg
White fish 
Nangua (southern squash)
Chinese toon with tofu
Taro
Wild chrysanthemum leaves
Goji leaves
Pork and bamboo shoot
Spicy green beans
Dehydrated tofu with water celery 

After lunch we hiked in DongShan to take in the view of Lake TaiHu and learned about harvesting the exclusive tea leaves. At the base of the mountain we visited a unique stone and brick cottage which is the home of retired physics Professor Zhang and his wife Ling Ling.  After a tour of his home, we enjoyed a private demonstration of tea production in his built-in roasters and learned about  of BiLuoChun’s unique qualities. 

My new favorite quote from the day is: “having mindful awareness” which seemed appropriate while drinking the amazing tea.
 

Local fisherman who’s family hosted us for lunch

  

Close up of the Professor’s fabulous green tea.

  

Tasting the tea and having a rice cake snack.

  

Ths fishing village

  

Ling Ling cooking the tea.

  

Part of the Professor’s beautiful home.

    

Another view of the fishing village.

 

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Beautiful Bund views from this past weekend….

          

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Next stop Shanghai!

Currently Seoul….

  

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My seat for the next 13 hours!

Woohoo….Korean Air!

  

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Off again…

LAX airport – headed back to Asia!

   

 

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Enjoyable day with Deme in Orange!

Super cute town with cute restaurants and antique stores!

Delish chocolate cake and coffee

  

Making ice cream with nitrogen

  

Super cool ice cream shop

 

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A Wampa and Me….

  

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Saturday at Star Wars Celebration…

We waited (2.5 hours) to see some props from the new movie – The Force Awakens…so cool!

The new villan – Kylo Ren

New Stormtrooper

  

X-Wing & Millenium Falcon

      

 

Kylo Ren’s Hilt

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Celebration Friday at #swca!

Another great day!

Jawa

ANA plane!

  

Rancho Obi-Wan exhibit

  

Just wrong!

  

Funny…Space Balls

  

Homemade speeder bike

  

Gregorian Guard at the hotel…

 

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