As March inexorably marches towards its finish, there isn’t much to report since I returned from my vacation. Still, I’ve managed to take some photos from a couple of events that I think people back home may find interesting. The first event was a wine tasting at a hotel restaurant. I went with my friend,Sarah and as neither of us speaks or understands Mandarin, and, therefore, unable to follow the wine expert doing the talking, all we could do was drink and eat, all out of context. Oh well… somehow, we managed, despite the language barrier.
We then went to a favorite watering hole just across from the City Wall, not surprisingly called The Near Wall Bar. I took some photos walking back to the subway, as the area was lit up more than usual, in honor of the recent Chinese New Year.
The other event was walking home from dinner at the Westin hotel in Qujiang, the upscale area of town where I live, with my friend Azara. As you’ll see, the riot of light and color at night was simply too irresistible not to photograph. Along the way, we stumbled upon a German beer garden and given that, we simply had to partake. Oddly, there are more than a few German “biergartens” in Xi’an. I’m not sure why, exactly, but they all seem to have the same food and drink items. I smell a communist conspiracy!
On the horizon, my new, least favorite month of the year, April, is looming. For those who are new to my blog, April, 2015 is the date that my partner, Ellen died. April has been a somewhat fraught month for me these last couple of years. I’ll no doubt write some more about this, in April. The distance of time does help somewhat but the anniversary of this sad occasion has been quite emotional for me.
Apparently, the Xi’an authorities have granted me another year to stay and work. I haven’t gotten my new work visa but I’ve been assured that I’ve been approved to stay. I signed a new contract with my employer so I suppose that pretty much confirms I’ll be here at least through April, 2019. I certainly don’t see any reason to return to America. It just seems to keep getting crazier and crazier.