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Monday, August 3, 2009

To say that today was amazing would be an understatment. First, we saw the temple of heaven, we walked up the steps the center of the earth, abd theb practiced tai chi in the park. Tai chi was awesome and reccomend it to anyone looking for a relaxing yet rigorous workout. The coolest part was facing the tai chi master one on one. The object was to push the other off balance, and I think you know who won.
The next stop was the forbbidden city. This was the most amazing architecture I have ever seen. You know your in china when... You see a building that you could see in america (or anyother part of the world). The detail and how big it was amazed me and my fellow friends. But the next stop I have to say was unforgetable.
Our final stop was to a ping pong school. We actually watched the young students practice, abd then we were able to play. I got coached by the chinese olympic ping pong coach. His tips were so helpful that by the end I really started to play well. The coolest part was that we actually got to play the students. I was with the oldest student there and man was he good. But he took it easy on me and he actually helped me out to. At the end of the class, my ping pong partner gave me one of his ping pong balls (I was the only one to get one) and he even signed it, "x-ray". I took a picture to forever remember that moment. I don't believe the picture will ever be neccessary. Tomorrow, we are going to the urban planning center. I wonder what will be learned there.


rozie13 said...

sounds like you had an awesome's just the begining of a great adventure : ) miss you

Brooklyn said...

Aw Drew! We miss you! I'm so glad you're having such an awesome time. Make sure you take tons of pictures, and I'm counting on you showing me your mad ping pong skills when you come to Carolina for a visit. Miss you!

Laurie said...

I am SO excited for you! This is a trip of a lifetime. The one thing I know from all of my travels abroad is, you never come back the same person. Your eyes are open to new and different things. I hope this is the first of many cool trips. Have a great time!
Laurie Bischof :)
AKA: Mrs. Bischof-'re practically in college now. LOL!

Karen Wells said...

I loved that your opponent signed the ping pong ball for you. That beats any souvenir you could buy. Karen Wells DSA South Africa

Changing Connections said...

Ni hao, X-Ray,

Congrats on the ping pong ball. Good for you. Look forward to catching up on your posts.

RJ Stangherlin
PA DEN Leadership Council Blog Coordinator

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Essential Programs Details

Duration 15 days
When August 4th - 18th, 2009
Focus History/Culture
Martial Arts
Modern/Ancient Architecture