I haven’t been writing for a good reason! My good friend Zeolite crossed lands and seas to come visit me here in China, and just as soon as she landed in Shanghai, we headed up north to the Shaanxi Province for a long-weekend adventure. We arrived feeling a bit disoriented, staring out the window at industrial buildings jutting out of barren fields. The air was thick with smog.
Inside the city walls, everything changed completely. We stayed at a quaint converted garden house hostel with a sleepy cat and a spacious patio.
After an early night, Taurin had just about recovered from his cold, and Zeolite had started getting over her jet-lag. We took a long walk around the Muslim quarter, eating cumin crusted lamb kebobs, roujiamo (the Chinese sloppy joe), and soupy dumplings.
The terracotta warriors excavation site was impressive, but rather touristy. My favorite part of the trip was an epic two-hour bike ride on top of the city walls. The weather was perfect, and it was a really neat way to see the city.