Swimming in a Crowd and Shish Kebab Sticks - Xian, Beijing
One night, we decided to visit the Drum Tower and the Bell Tower. Very high tourist area with lots and lots of people. What i didn't expect, was a very enjoyable 'swim' with the Muslim Street crowds. When we were added into the sea of people, it wasn't the chaotic crowds that were pressing us. It was more the eagerness to explore more of the beautiful street. It's a street with food but it doesn't have much space to walk around like how Eli would. But there's something really joyful about being in a big street filled with delicious food smells. And if you go, please hold onto the hand of your 'Eli' of the family. I'm kidding, love you Eli! HAHAHA. In the end our family, we all held hands.
Two days later, we went during the day when it was raining! I was thinking of course there would be less people! Who in their right mind would go out to the Muslim street in the rain? Us of course! Canadians are tough. In China, it's a "Brrr it's winter" weather. Although in Nunavut it was more so a "wow! What a day for a tee shirt!" After a 45 minute bus tour of Xian, we arrived at the Muslim street. For those who are interested, we took a very cheap bus that only costed us 6 yuan (1.20$CAD.) It is also commonly known as the city bus. The ride was very pleasant. Besides the point but, on the bus, we saw this family of three, that walked into the bus wearing those Bulk Barn bags tight around their heads. I guess instead of using umbrellas, they stuck bags on their heads. I tried hard not to laugh.
When we got off the bus, the marble sidewalks were wet and rather slippery! So naturally, being the child i am, we slid on the sidewalks. It was way more efficient and fun rather than walk with the wet and depressing citizens of Xian. Other than all the tourists and your feet get soaked. We ate at a handmade family-run dumpling restaurant before walking forwards with the large crowds towards my favorite Muslim street.
Alright that's it of the Musilm Street and of Xian. It was lovely. Especially the part of having wet feet for over six hours. Anyhow, food and more food squashed into one road is more than an Emma Der deserves. Okay Bye!
P.S. Next blog includes a small town of China (ahem, a fifth of Canada's population.) LUOYANG! All the same, it's a really adorable place. Check it out!