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In Which Emma is in Love - Xian, Beijing

In Which Emma is in Love - Xian, Beijing

AHHH. XIan (pronounced / shi-an) is forever my favorite place ever in China. It's so beautiful. Not the scenery no. But the food! And the people! The city itself is so charming in many ways and some that i will not be able to express through blogging. You'll have to go visit the city yourself to see the full beautifulness of it. Although that yucky hotel in my earlier blog was NOT BEAUTIFUL IN ANY WAY.  But in this blog it will be all refreshing goodness. Love love all love in this blog.

 Bell and Drum Tower - I NEED to write a separate blog about this!

Bell and Drum Tower - I NEED to write a separate blog about this!

After the crazy taxi ride, we step into an apartment which is more modern than our house in Regina. Like actually, everything had a homey feel even though the furniture made it look very western and new. I was screaming insideOops. We don't have any photos to show you because we were too busy enjoying our stay but that's ok because all you'll see is a big mess. That's what families of six leave behind. Speaking of leaving stuff behind, i think i left behind my soccer sliders but oh well.

Next to our apartment there's this small restaurant a sort of sit down, finish, done, a zip zap sort of thing. It's family run and the family runs around to feed us more food. They are really friendly. Sorry scratch that. They are the most friendliest family that i've met in the trip so far. And ever since our first trip there, we eat like 17 bowls of soup per day, i ALWAYS compare my noodles and my soup to theirs. Ok this next one is still resting in my stomach because i ate so much of it! It's made out of a sort of thin dough in layers sorta like a baklava but without the sweetness and with a fried egg in the middle. It's so savory and crunchy  and i'm craving one right now. But i'm always hungry so...no surprise there. I also really love his enthusiasm for cooking food, it's great. Ugh i really miss that family. And the little girl is super cute.

 Not an excellent photo but i send them my love!!

Not an excellent photo but i send them my love!!

 ELI!

ELI!

 LUCY!

LUCY!

Okay that was alot of photos. Then again who couldn't take photos in such perfect lighting, alongside two (sometimes) cute children, and delicious food. Unfortunately we could only stay at the nice apartment for 4 days. So we moved on to another hotel, located not far from Xian downtown. The hotel was one month old, so somethings didn't work like the sink and the boiler room and internet. Small stuff. But on the bright side, we were treated like VIPs. The staff was super nice too. This man who's name was like Mr.Zhang or something Chinese like that, he helped us a lot with bus routes to downtown Xian. And where to walk to, how to navigate the streets of Xian. One day, he invited our family for some REAL GOOD coffee and REAL GOOD BREAD. The bread wasn't organic (yay) and it had some sort of Asian sweetener in it to make it scrumptious. Myka, Eli, Lucy and I ate through three packets of them. #hungryderkids #ormaybejustemma #emmateallofmybread!

 Fact : Most Chinese men we meet don't smile broadly ( exception with the awesome noodle man in a few photos above ) 

Fact : Most Chinese men we meet don't smile broadly ( exception with the awesome noodle man in a few photos above ) 

We also walked around 20,637 steps one day. We walked from the Big Goose Pagonia to the Small Goose Pagonia because umm hello have you seen the crowds? Yes terrible. My feet hurt more than when i played soccer and that's saying alot. One day lucy told me " Emma, you're supposed to be growing wiser but instead you are just growing WIDER".

*insert laugh here*

So good thing i got my daily exercise in that day! Ugh Lucy...

 Big Goose Pagonia ( Pagoda but Pagonia sounds much nicer )

Big Goose Pagonia ( Pagoda but Pagonia sounds much nicer )

 Small Goose Pagonda ( PAGODA but Pagonda sounds pretty good as well )

Small Goose Pagonda ( PAGODA but Pagonda sounds pretty good as well )

 Posing in front of balancing children at the Pagoda #modelife

Posing in front of balancing children at the Pagoda #modelife

I'm leaving out my favorite parts of Xian for another blog because i would bore you out of your mind and you would decide to decline your airplane ticket, supposedly flying for my most recommended city that we've visited this trip. A.K.A. Beijing or Xian. But i'm really excited to start my favorite part of my trip so far yay! Alright now, i'm going leave now to work on it!

BYE!

 

 
 Am i walking with Myka's leg in my arms.? Can we just...

Am i walking with Myka's leg in my arms.? Can we just...

 What are we doing???

What are we doing???

 okay now i'm done...

okay now i'm done...

GOODBYE FOR SURE NOW

Swimming in a Crowd and Shish Kebab Sticks - Xian, Beijing

Swimming in a Crowd and Shish Kebab Sticks - Xian, Beijing

When Looks Can Really Be Deceiving and So Can the City - Xian, China

When Looks Can Really Be Deceiving and So Can the City - Xian, China