Sunday, September 11, 2011

Chasing the Spirits of the past.

Time for an update I think, Satuday was teachers day and Shelley was the absolute best to me. She guided me via bus, which was intense in of itself, into Wuchang district where she took me to a street market where we tried ALL kinds of local food. We then walked across a MASSIVE bridge dedicated to Mao that crosses over the Yangtze river and had one of the best conversations I have ever had.
I really feel comfortable here, I do not know if it is the guidance of the friends I have or just the culture itself but I really have had no adjustments problems to speak of. I mean, there are things that people have a hard time getting used to, such as everybody and their grandmother hacking loogies but my family does that anyways lol, so most of it is small potatoes. ACTUALLY, no, I cannot get used to breakfast here, I am barely skimping along and I want pancakes, bacon, eggs, and I do not want to have to hunt it all down and make it here UGH! Ok, rant over haha. I will try to get a picture of Vera and Shelley so that you know who they are, they are the most wonderful young women here, they are really the best native friends I could have asked for. Along with Mark's gang of miscreants, Hubert, Fan, and Eric... those boys just split my sides when we go shopping for things, they are hilarious. 
  Ok, so Sunday was a big day during the festival, so we went to a museum where I saw some of the original works of Lao Tzu, better known as one of the founders of Taoism, and writer of the Tao Te Ching which is what I was looking at... yea, be jealous! 

Living here, out on my own, learning to adapt to a new lifestyle and a new being has truly changed me already. I have grown to enjoy the mindset of living that flows from my mind and heart. When a student asks me about myself and what is different spiritually I reply "For me, I see all races as a single people. We are a human race, not Chinese or American, we should strive to encourage each other and better each other's lives because we care, even about those who we do not know."

    It is good to know in my heart that I am in a place where I belong, where I can make a significant difference for a good a peaceful cause. Where our hands toil in the earth and the seeds of knowledge grow, that is a place where the tree of wisdom can truly flourish. If you believe in anything specific or if you look to the stars and dream the unknown, hope and strength come from once again riding the river of time and seeing where it takes you, even if sometimes you must sit upon the bank and let it pass by while you contemplate why you are flowing the direction you are.

   More to follow later tonight or tomorrow when I clean up more photos and contemplate more. Cheers!

Monday, September 5, 2011

I was a movie star!

This update has been a long time coming, I am very sorry for how long it has taken to get here but a TON of good things have been happening. Through the weekend I grew to know my city, Wuhan China, she is beautifully broken. This is the biggest and most full of life city I have ever had a chance to see, let alone live in.
This picture was taken from the roof of my apartment complex. This is but one section of the city lit up in the night sky.

     In other news, I have spent my ENTIRE weekend on the set of a major motion picture being shot right here in Wuhan. How wonderful it was to actually be with stars from the other movies that Chris and I enjoy so much when it comes to our Three Kingdoms movies.

The man standing on the left of the last picture is Nathan, he and I have become very close friends and he is like the cultural big brother trying to keep me out of trouble that I do not see. Such as one of my students that I am currently talking to that is trying to hook me up on a date with a girl.....

 The man in the middle is Peter, the coolest man EVER and my Co-Teacher, this guy seriously has made much of my time here so welcoming that I cannot describe to you how I would have survived without him. The horrid outfits we are wearing are our sailor suits and we are on a massive ship where the picture is being shot on for the second day.

Finally to finish out this massive update, let us talk about the director of the movie and how excited he was to have us in the picture. He took us to the most amazing restaurant, and Gambe'ed us under the floor with Biajo. Which is a Chinese hard liquor, though it would have been insulting to refuse it because he bought everything and it was EXPENSIVE.

This meal was needless to say, pretty intense. I tried everything, including the Eel which was very good, though its spinal bones were left to be desired...

Large fish from Yangzi river, eel, chicken, prawn, sparrow, pig fat, spicy frog  *the whole thing* an assortment of sweet breads and all sorts of other things!

Finally I just want to let everyone know how grateful I am that you are following my adventures. They are sometimes pretty tough but I am living life like I never would have dreamed so in truth I am more happy than I think I ever could have been if I had not taken on this charter. I will deeply meditate to the Big Man upstairs and I hope that everything continues to rise as it has been, rough patches and all!