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Tidbits from this week in Xi’an

08/03/2013

Here are just a few odds-n-end shots from Xi’an this week. (Today is Friday, 8 March, 2013)

Springtime has arrived early. Yesterday the temperature was 28C (82.4 F for the metrically challenged). The blooming trees on campus are getting their flowers and some of the trees are greening up as well.

The willow trees have already turned green here in Xi'an. Yes... That's my bike "Shelia" in the photo.

The willow trees have already turned green here in Xi’an. Yes… That’s my bike “Sheila” in the photo.

Here's a little more inclusive shot of the willow trees with the Jiaotong University sports hall in the background.

Here’s a little more inclusive shot of the willow trees with the Jiaotong University sports hall in the background.

I don't know the name of this tree (will find out later)... but the white flowers are beautiful and BIG.

I don’t know the name of this tree (will find out later)… but the white flowers are beautiful and BIG. That’s part of the music school in the background (which sits directly in front of the foreign language school where I work.)

The white blossoms are 10-12 cm in diameter... Very pretty!

The white blossoms are 10-12 cm in diameter… Very pretty!

These smaller pink flowers on some of the trees in the park near the sports hall are also nice. They are about 5 cm in diameter.

These smaller pink flowers on some of the trees in the park near the sports hall are also nice. They are about 5 cm in diameter.

Switching gears now… Here are a couple of meals I had this week…

I bought this meal in the employee cafeteria yesterday... All of this food cost only 5.5 RMB... That's just €0.68 ($0.88). Such a deal!

I bought this meal in the employee cafeteria yesterday… All of this food cost only 5.5 RMB… That’s just €0.68 ($0.88). Such a deal!

My friend and coworker Ksenia (Russian teacher) cooked home-made Russian borsch for several of us last Saturday night. I’m working on a youTube video which I will post in a few days… but for now here are a couple of quick pix.

We had a great time, eating Russian food and singing Russian traditional songs. Thanks Ksenia!

Ksenia is second from the right. On her left is her friend Nina from Russia. On her right is my friend Li Li. On (our) left is Marie, one of the French teachers.

Ksenia is second from the right. On her left is her friend Nina from Russia. On her right is my friend Li Li. On (our) left is Marie, one of the French teachers.

Ksenia cooked fresh Russian borsch and also served Russian sausage, Russian cheese, and gave out some Russian chocolates she had just recently brought back from Vladivostok, Russia. We shared some French and Chinese wines and Chinese beer. Great!

Ksenia cooked fresh Russian borsch and also served Russian sausage, Russian cheese, and gave out some Russian chocolates she had just recently brought back from Vladivostok, Russia. We shared some French and Chinese wines and Chinese beer. Great!

Again… I’ll finish my youTube video on Kesnia’s borsch party in a few days.

Until then… Happy Springtime!

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