free morning and last day in Xi'an
19.05.2009 - 19.05.2009
May 19, 2009
We had a free morning so Christa and I checked out early and went exploring. We felt that the best way to explore a new area is to just set out on one direction and see what's over the horizon (wow, that was smarmy). We went back to the Vanguard to check out the third floor (the first was all produce and the second was snacks/house items/body and facial care). The third floor had entertainment stuff like DVDs and CDs along with clothing. We scouted for Engrish, admittedly. We found this one shirt, I can't remember what is said, but I hadn't laughed that hard in a long time. I think they made up some words. Anyway, we both found two t-shirts that we liked and bought them. It's a little difficult to buy women's clothing here because they're all so tiny. Even the bra section looks like you're in the kiddy section in the store. I think the biggest cup size is maybe a 34C, and the majority of them are padded. :/
We were also scouting for children's language books so we could start at the basics. Heh, gotta start somewhere.
After wandering around a bit, we found a Wal Mart! I kid you not. But it was only a grocery Wal Mart, not a supercenter. boo. But next to it was this HUGE HUGE HUGE underground shopping center. I bought a hat :D It was a whole lot of individual stalls that sold mostly clothes and shoes. Well, mostly women's and girl's clothes and shoes. haha. We walked to another portion and found a bunch of accessory stuff. We both bought some cellphone charms so cute :D I'm saving the majority of my money for Shanghai. That's were the really good stuff is, I hope.
Now we're waiting for a train to Zhengzhou that's maybe 40 minutes late. We probably won't get there until midnight; it's about a 7 hour ride. I'll miss Xi'an. It has it's own rugged beauty that I can really appreciate. In comparison with Beijing that was a little too pristine in it's own way, Xi'an is more..."laid back" if you will. That didn't make sense. I know what I'm talking about and that's all that really matters. I do like that less foreigners visit here so less people speak English. It makes me practice my Chinese more.
It's a little bittersweet that we're going to Zhengzhou. I don't want to start school >:P I want to hang around and explore more. From what I hear we'll be more or less confined to campus and be too far from downtown. It doesn't matter, I guess, because I'll be too busy to do anything. Haha..i'm used to it, really. I 'm a little nervous about meeting my Chinese buddy. If anything I hope I can brush up on my Chinese and learn about the culture from someone who actually lives here.
I really can't believe it's been one week. It's flown by so quickly and yet so slow. My space-time continuum is off by far.