Another post from Alex:
Spent the last 2 days in Xi’an, China. Well, we really spent 3 days here, but the first day included the early morning flight from Beijing and the rest of the day with me holed up in our hotel, sick from something I ate. Mom suggested it was the mayonnaise from my lunch on the airplane which seemed unlikely until she pointed out what mayo has in it… so perhaps.
The second day, I spent the morning and early afternoon fighting off the remnants of said food sickness, then emerged victorious, I suppose, with hunger pangs and some interest in seeing the city.
We ventured forth and visited the Drum tower of the city of Xi’an. Each major city and, I learned today, some smaller enclaves like monasteries, had a Bell tower to ring the bell at dawn and a Drum tower to beat the drum at dusk. Sensibly, the bell was the easternmost of the two. Following that short excursion, Mike departed, he having little desire to visit the same shops that he had visited yesterday with Mom, which she was intent to take me to now that I was feeling better.
We went to a calligraphy shop where we had the artist do my daughters’ names. It was wonderful.