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Sorry I didn't write yesterday but it was a total day of travelling and we couldn't be bothered to sort out the in room internet connection until today. Nothing really to tell about yesterday other than we started at 0730 on out journey to Xian and arrived at the hotel at 1815. We did not much more than travel, eat and sleep. The new hotel, Le …
... which allowed us to pick top bunks next to each other, with Tom in the middle and Jen by the window. At just after 11:30am we rolled out of the station and tried to make ourselves comfortable propping our heads up on the provided duvet. It was then a long 8.5 hour journey involving reading, dozing and listening to podcasts to get to Xian, with surprisingly only 2 short rest stops en-route. Once in Xian we walked to a main road where we got a taxi on meter to our hotel. ...
... was lunch, then an afternoon of exploring the town. We headed back for dinner, then a bunch of us entertained the locals with a game of SPUD. I think I can speak for the group when I say how awesome it was to have our translator Yiko in on the fun!
We left bright and early today for the mountain. Our bus dropped us at another bus. That second one was a doozy; it took us up the ...
... same old everyday. Here's hoping we'll land in time to get the warp speed train into shanghai. We didn't land in time, oh well but I have read up on the xian wall. It's the most complete one in china and its like a moat to protect the city. Also apparently the legend is that the bell was to help keep a dragon under the river. A river ran through the city and the emperor tied chains round him and attached it to the bell. Suppose the dragon was a massive guard ...
... effective, to buck the regimen. And even a discussion with the teacher would be a difficult one to explain or discuss.
So while at first, the teacher read some words, or a paragraph, and the kids would repeat, often 8-10 times in a row, having 50 kids repeat it practically shouting with their heavy accent, was actually very difficult for me to follow where they were, and I often dreaded the thought that the teacher would ask me to continue on the next ...
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