Final Day in Xi’an
It was a rainy, raw day today in Xi’an but that did not sway our intrepid group from getting out to explore the city. We began this morning by visiting the old wall that surrounds what used to be the center of the old city. Though cold and wet, our students were still awestruck by the giant, architectural marvel.
During the walk back, Sawyer and Rene decided it was time to race. (Trivia: In the photo below, which side of the wall defends against would be attackers?)
After our walk, it was on to lunch of fish, noodles, soup and other family style dishes.
Max and Matt search the fish for meaty edibles.
For some of our students, eating has not come easy, but a chosen few have adapted. Here a student (who shall remain anonymous) shows his innovative approach to the age old tradition of using chopsticks – an interesting but no less effective grip.
After lunch, it was a stroll through the shops and vendors in the Muslim Quarter. To warm themselves, a few students stop for hot persimmon pancakes along the street.
You never know what you’ll see in China and a van full of sides of beef was no exception to this truism.
After wandering the very cool back alleyways and streets of Xi’an’s Muslim Quarter, it was time to gather in the van and head back to school for our farewell banquet dinner.
It has been an amazing trip. Mr. Penley and I would not trade this group of travelers for the world. We can’t thank the Xi’an Foreign Language School enough for their warmth and hospitality, and we’d travel anywhere again with Caili, Max, Matt, Bouji, Rene, Sawyer, Delaney, Kyrstin, JK and Connor.
Goodnight from Xi’an.