Xi'an Travel Blog› entry 6 of 17 › view all entries
I would say that I woke up this morning but that would just not be true. I don't think I ever really slept. I probably woke up every half hour or so and realized I was on a moving train. Finally around 6am I gave up and started reading. One of the train conductors knocked on our door to tell us that the kids had been running up and down the halls, ripping curtains off the wall. Jill and I made a vow never to do middle school again.
When we got off the train, we met our local delegation manager, Michael.
We had about 20 minutes to walk along the top of the wall.
After the wall we went back to the hotel for lunch. I checked on Jill but she was pretty much cashed out. We then headed to a local middle school. When we first got there they led us into a room where a ton of uniformed little Chinese students were sitting. They put the students into groups and they sat amongst each other. At first they were all pretty shy. Some of the bolder students introduced themselves. The teacher spoke about the school and then a few of the Chinese students got up and recited a small speech they had prepared in English. After that two of our brave girls got up and recited their own short speech.
After sports we proceeded to the school cafeteria where we had the worst meal of the trip so far. Let's be honest cafeteria food is not know to be good in any country, but this way beyond gross. First of all, they gave us a tall glass of hot tea to drink after we were sweating our butts off playing sports.
It was cute seeing all the Chinese and American kiddos exchange their emails and phone numbers. Our students really didn't want to leave. I think some of our students who haven't really found their niche in our delegation really thrived while interacting with the Chinese students. I talked to one of their teachers to see if they have younger students at the school that my class could possibly write to next year but she said the youngest was 12. Bummer.
When we got back to the hotel, I took a group of kids to the pool.
After bed checks, Jill, Cheryl and I finally had enough energy to hit the hotel bar for a drink. I usually like to try the local beers but there really wasn't any. They had a tall cooler with Heineken, Budweiser and Carlsberg (which we had last year in Ireland). So we were boring and went for the Bud. While we were relaxing in the lounge, there was a Chinese man in the lobby yelling and screaming about something. He was clearly mad and very drunk. People would go over there to try and calm him down, and he would just be more pissed. He was swinging his arms and getting up in people's faces. Cheryl asked the waitress why they the hotel staff wasn't kicking him out and she said, "Okay, I will tell them." I quickly said, "No, no, no." I did not want to be involved!