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Bell Towers Markets Dumplings and a Family

HeyHeyanda Big G'Day toya I now write to you from China Telecom here in the wonderful walled city of Xian! I left sadly left Jinghong and the Xishuangbanna Region yesterday. Israeli, Raf and Maggie are all leaving today. Sadly for them they will have to take twenty or so hour Wokkin Bus Trip from Hell all the way back to Kunming. Me? I flew to Kunming and then flew to Xian. Why did I waste money flying and not take the slow adventure here? I have a once in a life time experience to live and that is to live with a Chinese family for a week. Do I know the family? Yes and no. I don't know this part of the family but have met some of them before when they were in Australia visiting Eve. Who is Eve? Eve is Terry's wife. Who is Terry? Terry is the man who my family lived next door to for most of our life. He met Eve when she was living in Melbourne for a year. So I am staying with Eves sister (Ping), her sisters husband (Bo) and their son (Ha Ha). That's who Ping, Bo and Ha Ha are! Anymore questions? Yes. What? Who are Wren and Caesar? Eves other sister is Wren, her husband is (I can't remember) and their daughter is Caesar (spelling, unsure). Finished? Yes. OK! As I said, I am now in Xian writing to you. I really didn't want to leave Jinghong but I really really REALLY wanted to come here to see Xian and stay with Ping, Bo and Ha Ha. I have just had a huge family dinner. Oh so much to eat. My favourite food so far in China is the little steamed dumplings called Joutsa. They are awesome! You buy them by the little bamboo tray full. I didn't get here till late last night so we didn't begin our family adventures until this morning. They are all so cool. Not much English can be spoken or understand but we seem to get by (so far). Today we have visited many places but the most awesome thing visually is the wall that surrounds this city. My LP says it is one of the few cities that actually have a wall still standing. On top of the wall are defensive towers and its circumference is a mighty 14 kms! WOW, how lucky am I to get to visit such a city. We also visited the Bell Tower that stands in Xian's centre. The bell is used to mark the time each day. We then walked across to the Drum Tower and walked around the streets full of markets. Then it was to the Little Goose Pagoda which was built in AD 684 and the view of the city from the top was awesome! From there we then headed to The Big Goose Pagoda. Now this one was stunning to look at. It was built around AD 648. I got to go in all of them and walk around with Ha Ha.

While the family rested for a few hours Ha Ha took me to the Shaanxi History Museum. It's even rated as one of China's best musems. It was awesome and we had such a great time racing from place to place. He really is a great kid and always tries to speak or help me understand things. I think he's around eleven. I really can't thank this family enough for giving me this opportunity! WOW WOW WOW! The weather here is freezing cold. Gone are the shorts and back on are the many layers of clothing! Bugger! I was so cold last night when I got off the plane. I never thought about it when I left Jinghong and didn't get a jacket (or three) out for when I got off the plane. BRRR! Anyhow, times up mate, gotta go as people have arrived and we are going to the park for a walk. That's one thing I've noticed here in China, everyone likes to walk after dinner. When I say everyone, I mean the entire city takes to the streets. It's a really great atmosphere! Beers N Cheers toya...shane _______________________________________ The soundtrack to this entry was one of Australia's greatest sounds ever. The band is 'Spiderbait' The album 'Tonight Alright' Their sound really is awesome and worth searching for! *****(2007) A once I a lifetime experience I said didn't I. Well how lucky am I. In a week or two I will be heading back to Xian to stay with this wonderful family. Ha Ha is now eighteen and his English levels are awesome. Wow, the boy who helped show me around is now about to enter university! Another 'how lucky am I' is the fact that this time Terry and Eve will be there also. I've spoken to Terry a few times on the phone over the past few weeks and they are in Xian as I type this. I haven't seen anyone I know for two and a half years now. Well, I know other people and see them....um.... ....I mean someone from Australia that I grew up with kinda thing.

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