16.10.2012 - 17.10.2012
When we arrived last night in X'ian it was a welcome surprise to find out we would be spending our time here in the volunteer apartment with all the comforts of home...TV, DVDs, washing machine and sit down toilets!! It was good to chill out with some noodles and a movie, Ted is awesome! Watch it if u haven't already particularly if you grew up watching Flash Gordan.
The next day was free to relax, stock up on supplies, laundry and a bit of sewing!
The Chinese hot pot comes from X'ian and in the evening we went to have one. We each had an individual burner to heat our stock and once it was bubbling away we added slices of beef, mushrooms, noodles and greens to cook which we then fished out (some more successfully than others, mushrooms are slippery particularly with chopsticks) and dipped in either a garlic or peanut sauce. Yum! Yum!
The only way to let such a great meal go down was obviously to relax with a foot massage! Some parts were more relaxing than others and the girls seemed to take great pleasure in making Dan and Sam squirm a bit and pummelling their feet! There were some interesting techniques and mine used her ponytail to brush my hands which was a bit weird!
We were definitely ready now to explore X'ian in the morning!!