Seven six-layer days – Day Four
Back by popular demand and because I can’t stand your whining.
We were awakened very early (at 4:30) since we had to be on the bus at about 5:30 to catch planes to Xi’an and Shanghai. The hotel had prepared lovely box lunches for us. Actually they were in very nice gift bags and were hearty and satisfying. Eleven of us went to Xi’an (pronounced) shee-ahn and six went directly to Shanghai. It was hard to say good-bye to Brian. He has been such a wonderful guide. I think he is a natural teacher. We had reviews of what we had learned the day before, every day. He had a wonderful sense of humor as well. Our flight to Xi’an left Beijing at 7:30.
Our flight was late in arriving but our guide was there to meet us. I think somehow we expected another Brian and we were somewhat surprised to be met by a beautiful young Chinese woman, who told us that her guide name is Mai (or May). She is knowledgeable and efficient and soon herded us all on the bus, counted to make sure we were all there and off we went. We were surprised to find that she has been married 11 years and has nine year old twin girls. She told us several times that she was married to “a lawyer and a liar”. The girls go to a private school so that they learn English. They go all day every day! And, of course they complain. Mai told us that she and her husband just purchased an apartment. In China one buys just the four walls. The new owners have to put in the utilities and the partitions. We discovered that we liked her just as much as we did Brian! She shared a great deal with us. I was saddened when she cheerily announced that she had no faith or religion. Much of what she told us was straight “party line”.