Another beautiful warm spring day. We were up and out early for our cab drive to the Terra Cotta Warriors about 1 1/2 hr away. It was a fascinating ride just watching the city give way to the country side and seeing some farm land and smaller villages. It seems they are tearing everything down to build it up again. For a country with very little crime it has more serious gates and guards than most. We went from super highway to gravel and dirt roads....and no one will give anyone the right of way. Our driver was a lady and spoke some English...she was very nice. Once we arrived we did as it said in the "Lonely Planet" and did without an English guide and watched the little movie and then wandered around on our own. Typical tourist attraction but still 3000 years old and discovered when farmers were digging a well in 1974...so interesting. People from all over the world were there and most were older. I guess that is because of the time of the year. Not a
large crowd either which was lovely. Best part was lunch. They had a cool restaurant which they said was a buffet so we got a few things and then they kept bringing food to our table. It was excellent and we enjoyed eating and chatting together. A cart came around with drinks and I have included a picture of turtle or snake wine.......we had water and sprite, thank you very much! I think the entire day was $50 if that. Good memories. We also approached a couple with their new daughter who they had received just 3 days ago from the Xi'an orphanage where we were and we were able to tell them about it. We were diplomatic and said it was a great orphanage. There were two other couples with kids but I didn't want to push it so I didn't talk to them. Tomorrow we are up early to see Sarah meet her new family. She has been very upset these last few days.....cuddling and clingy and then crying and acting out. I guess in her little mind she senses something is
up, but I am so happy for her because I know how she will be loved and nurtured and how she will blossom.
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