|heading to old town|
|They have both a wall and a moat surrounding the original part of Xi'an.|
|I think they were in the process of setting up for Chinese New Year.|
|I always thought that creatures from Outer Space were supposed to be either green or silver!|
|Get yer candied crab apples and roasted sweet potatoes here!|
|A street of coffeehouses and jazz clubs - and Cool Ha Na|
|Chinese to English sounds so graceful and yet so awkward|
|All of the Christmas decorations were still up - this one totally matches our front door!|
|Goodbye Coffee Street....|
|This does not bring back pleasant memories.|
|Back at the wall - look at how they hack away at the trees to keep them short.|
|Our green buses await in the distance.|
|It's the year of the dragon!|
|It got dark as we headed out of town. Goodbye Xi'an!|
Most people decided at that point it would be easier to just stay at the airport. The twelve or so of us who prefered to get in a few hours of sleep in a bed, and take a shower, were very grateful to have still had that option.
We arrived at the airport the next morning feeling somewhat refreshed, and far less bleary-eyed than our counterparts who had toughed it out at the airport all night long. Although from what I heard, there had been some beer and booze contributing to the bleary eyes of some. My hat is off to all of them though. They had a much longer day than we did, if you count the number of hours between nights of actual bed rest.