Final Day in Xi’an

February 28, 2011

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.

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3 Responses

  1. Avatar Gary & Lesley says:

    We wish you all a safe trip home…………..It has been a wonderful trip for us following the blog….Can’t wait for the stories and pictures when Caili gets home…Thanks to all who have made this possible! ! !

    Gary & Lesley

  2. Avatar Kymberlie Gee says:

    Kyrstin, I can’t believe you’ve had this amazing experience! Can’t wait to hear all about it in person! What wonderful things your’ve seen! Come home safely!

  3. Avatar Lauren (Max's mom) says:

    Thank you for doing such a great job with the blog – it kept us connected to our kids while they were half a world away! The pictures have been comforting, the sights and stories have been so entertaining! Safe travels!

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