Author Archive - Tom Whittington

Kung Fu and Friendship In Xi’an

March 25, 2015
Our last day in Xi’an was spent at school, with classes in the morning and the three country “Friendship Ceremony” in the afternoon.  The highlight of the morning was a class in the martial art…Read More

Singin’ in the Rain!

March 24, 2015
Okay, maybe we weren’t singing, but we were undaunted by the rain that fell all day in Xi’an.  Spirits were high as we traveled to the southern part of the city for a wander through…Read More

Just Another Xi’an Monday

March 23, 2015
Today it was back to school for the morning and late afternoon, with a trip to the countryside in the middle of the day.  It was great to hear the stories of the different things…Read More

Terracotta Warriors, the Eternal Army

March 20, 2015
  Our first full day in Xi’an was a big one.  We started in school, first learning some Chinese characters and then participating in an English class.  The English class was one on how to…Read More

Bye Bye Beijing, Hello Xi’an

March 19, 2015
We’ve arrived safely in Xi’an. Today we made the shift from the current capital of China, Beijing, to the original capital, Xi’an.  The differences were immediately apparent, as we flew in over green fields while…Read More

Forbidden City and Beyond

March 17, 2015
An amazing day engulfed in China’s cultural history on our visit to Tiananmen Square, The Forbidden City, and Beihai Park. Several students took advantage of an early morning walk with Colin. Soon after, the rest…Read More

Moved to Tears – MLK Day at Gould

January 19, 2015
  “The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.” — Franklin D.…Read More

Mountain Day, Quanzhou Style

March 26, 2014
Quite a range of experiences today in Quanzhou.  We gathered in the morning and headed straight out from school for mountain day, Quanzhou style.  The mountain in question is Qingyuan Mountain, a peak near the…Read More

Everybody Was Kung Fu Fighting

March 25, 2014
Today was another full day.  We began with a class on Beijing Opera, complete with painting our own opera masks.  The modern interpretations of classic mask design got pretty interesting.  Then it was off to…Read More