Ok time to update again :). Im startin to put photos up now as well so you can all see.
Well, It's been a good weekend this weekend.
We got up yesterday and set ourselves a deadline to leave the house for 9am which we actually managed to stick to! As we've now been told that we're not gettin paid until the 10th april, we're beginnin to get low on money so we decided to get a bus to the north of the city where the buses for the terracotta warriors were leaving. The weather was miserable and we all had about 4 layers on (which is a massive change from last sat when we sittin in 22 degrees), but once we were on the bus we were fine. It was a bit difficult to find the buses at first but once we'd worked it out, we jumped on a coach that took us an hour and half outside of the city to where the army is and it was only 14 yuan for a return (£1.40)!
We got to the place which was in the middle of what looked like a deserted townat first but we walked around some buildings where a massive complex stood. We paid to get in and walked up to the entry where they scan for security and all that. Outside was a little bit too touristy for me and people wouldnt leave us alone for a while which i hated. But we got inside and got to pit 1, which was huuuge. Excavation is still goin on now 30+ years after the farmers first found it. It was so amazin to see what craftmanship and hardwork must have gone into it. There are supposed to be 6000 warriors jsut buried in pit 1 and there are also 2 others.
We also found out that the farmers who found it, stumbled on it by accident when diggin a well- they were so lucky and they came literally face to face with the army. One of the farmers who found it now sits in a buildin on site signin autographs all day every day bless him!
There were also pieces taken from the pits in glass boxes so you could see up close. Even all the weaponry they made was stll preserved. Pit 2 and 3 were smaller but no less impressive too and you'll be able to see photos in my albums now :).
It took us a good 3 hours to get around and see everythin. We got back onto a bus which got us back to Xi'an and fially got home at around 6.
we went n had a bit of food then at our local cafe over the road from the apartment which is really cheap and does fantastic food. Even the rice is better than any ive tasted in england!
We bought a few bottles of beer and stuff then, cuz emma and sarah (my other housemates) had organized a little gatherin for people at school to come round so we could get to know each other a little bit more. It ended up with us and emmas friend Mel, our boss Jaoquin, the french/englsih teacher Ghulan, the italian teacher elena, the other intern justin, the russian teacher sergiy, the spanish teacher laura and the boss from IH palermo in italy who's come for a visit. It was a good night apart from the vile 50% spirit that was cracked out call bai jiu (pronounced BYE GEE-OH). It tasted like ethanol and parmesan in a jar- bloody vile! and eventually everyone left about 2.30am, so it was a looong day.
Well seein as ive jsut come in from teachin, i think thats all for now. Photos and more stuff to come in the next few days :)