About two months ago we published a post about a new Tai Chi class that was being taught on the beach twice a week. An Englishman named Bernard came to vacation in San Clemente via Salinas, Ecuador, Canada, Australia, Barbados, etc. etc… Anyway, Bernard and his lovely wife, Diane were to be in town for ten or eleven weeks and Bernard, who is an experienced Tai Chi instructor agreed to conduct the class and try to disprove the old adage that, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.”
About twenty of us started out tediously trying to follow Bernard’s instructions as he patiently led us through some of the basic moves. Some people had to leave to head back home and some had to quit for one reason or another, but ten of us stuck it out for the eight weeks and have managed to learn enough moves to put together a basic routine of thirty-eight moves. In the course of these two months we have all learned to really like the exercise and we all hope to continue practicing even after Bernard heads back home.
Barbara (one of our group) is heading back to the frozen tundra of Canada next Monday so we all decided to host a lunch for Bernard and Diane to express our appreciation. We spoke with our good friends at Viviana’s Restaurant and ordered two large platters of fried shrimp and fish together with fries (or as Bernard would say, “Chips”), fried rice and salad. Mother nature did what she normally does here in San Clemente and provided a picture postcard clear day.
Viviana’s always spoils us a bit and they brought out the food in waves.
There was plenty of food to go around at a very reasonable price.
Our guests of honor presided over the feast.
We all got a chance to express our thanks to Bernard for his instruction and to Diane for allowing us to steal her husband away during their vacation. Bernard made some comments.
I was busy taking photos, so I might be wrong, but I believe Bernard was saying something about how ours was the best group of students he had ever had the privilege of teaching… Or words to that effect.
We all posed for one more group shot striking a Tai Chi pose.
Whoops! Maybe we need just a bit more practice on the beautiful beach here where…
Life is good in Ecuador!