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Day 9. Xian

2014.07.30
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Boys train compartment. We had Oreos for snack and noodles for breakfast. And bottles and bottles of water at all times!
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Marriage Test on Xian City Wall.
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950 year old wall against 5 year old buildings! Biking was our Extreme Activity today.
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Street in Xian where our Hot Pot lunch restaurant was.
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Learning calligraphy.
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We took an overnight train last night (train tickets are harder to get than plane tickets, some tickets are for standing only...you can take a 20 hour train ride with only standing or sitting on floor). Back to us, for about an hour our four "rooms" were like a party (thanks to the Texans!). We had some French next to us and I'm afraid we lived up to every American stereotype...we even ruined our Canadian's reputation! Oh well.

We arrived in Xian at 8:30 am. Our guide picks us up and gives us an hour to "freshen" up at the hotel. Then we go to tour the Xian City Wall by bike. China's only fully intact city wall. It was built about 950 years ago and is a 9 mile rectangle. Sounds pleasant enough. Note: it's really HOT...about 140* on City Wall.

Our guide then put us on either a single or tandem bike. Jamie and I decided to put our marriage to the test and get on a tandem bike. Note: I haven't biked since high school and currently Jamie bikes to work. Scary! I went about 1/2 mile then said...why don't you go without me and I'll walk back. He went back, got a single bike, then caught up with kids! I, on the other hand, helped Chinese practice their English and was asked into several Chinese family photos. Trevor came in first, Spencer and Elsy did a tandem bike and didn't fight too much, and Kayla used her awesome leg muscles on a tandem bike with her new BFF, Grace. They all did the whole 9 miles!

Then we went for lunch for Hot Pot. Each person has their own burner and pot where they cook meat, eggs, noodles, and veges. Yes, even the kids! Fire + raw meat + kids! We'll see how well they cooked their food tomorrow...

Then, because we went exhausted enough (we were still speaking in complete sentences), we went to an Art Museum and learned to write calligraphy. I usually don't take photos of art at a museum in US but in China I wasn't worrying about copywriting. The art was done by local artists in Xian. And we did pretty good with the calligraphy. The Chinese language is getting less complicated to me. Each symbol is a word. We have thousands of words and they have thousands of symbols. As for speaking Chinese, tones are everything...think of got/goat.

And there are people everywhere. China and US are about the same size in land but population. It's insane.

NAMES.
Our guide in Beijing looked at Kayla and Elsy's Chinese characters and told us the meanings:
Kayla. Autumn and Purity/transparent. Kayla was found in the autumn and does have a pure heart.
Elsy. Winter and Bright/elegant. Elsy was found in the winter and is a smart fashionista.

1 Comment
misspati WOW, is all I can say what a wonderful adventure.
misspati · 2014-07-30: 15:18
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