On Thursday night Ruhi and I had trekked over to Shi Da Lu to meet up with Jamie for dinner at the Village Cafe. While there Adam, a long-time resident of Xi’an now living in Shanghai, happened to call Ruhi and let her know that he was in town. So we all made plans to meet up the next night and have dinner.
So Friday evening, after wushu class, I came home, cleaned up and then Ruhi and I took a cab over to the south gate to meet up with Adam and another friend, Jia Run. (It turned out Jamie couldn’t make it.) The four of us met up at the South Gate of the Xi’an City wall, just across from where I stayed with Wushu West only 4 months before. My how time flies!
A tree outside the restaurant
We went to eat at a restaurant that had been an old haunt of theirs back in the day. It turned out to be pretty delicious as we ordered some Gong Pao Ji (Kung Pao Chicken), some Suan La Bai Cai (Hot and Sour Cabbage), a bit of soup and plenty of tea, and got down to some serious conversatin’.
Gong Pao Ji
Suan Lai Bai Cai
Adam and Jia Run
After getting our fill of food, we all headed back to the South Gate area where Jia Run caught the good old 600 bus to her home. Then Adam, Ruhi and I went to the hostel where another friend of theirs was staying. Adam was in town doing some work for a Scottish company called Pure Media, a group that works with poor and underpriveledged groups and provides training and education in the arts. (Adam is actually a very good musician (guitar) who was even featured in Xi’an television for being the first foreigner to ever learn and perform Shaanxi style Chinese Opera.) Unfortunately the guy we went to see wasn’t there, but we did manage to make our own little street party, which was pretty fun..
After that we hung out a little longer pulling a “parking lot wushu” (sans wushu) until it got late enough for Ruhi and I to catch a cab back home and rest.
Adam and Mark
City Wall – South Gate
Mark and Adam and Fireworks
Adam and Ruhi
I hope you enjoyed the pictures. Here is a video of us enjoying ourselves, just for your entertainment.
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