^^ my little 15 week bump
^^so i am a dummy and kept taking pictures of these trees. i told tanner that i thought they were so cool and he said, "you know those are fake, right?" i didn't…
^^ i saw a video on youtube of these flower cotton candy's and was stoked to see it made!
^^ tanner and joey were asked to take photos with these girls
^^ our other free day in xian was spent touring the city. side note, our hotels always had an amazing breakfast buffet where i got more than my fare share of hot pot soups. i stuffed myself with the soup on this particular morning then we took a bus to the pagoda.. we got off the bus and i looked at tanner and said i was going to barf. i found a bush on the side of the road and threw up my guts.. while tanner was trying to fend off a lady who kept asking him for money. it was kind of funny because he was trying to tell her he needed to help me as i barfed but she wouldn't leave him alone.
we walked around the pagoda grounds and then took a taxi to the bell tower and from there we walked to the muslims quarters. the muslim quarters was a really cool, very crowded area with food and trinkets to buy. the food was weird and looked gross so i didn't try any of it and ended up eating at mcdonalds again ;) even if i wasn't pregnant, i would't try any of it. fried scorpions and chicken feet aren't my thing. tanner did trick me one afternoon into eating frog and aside from the texture, it wasn't bad. he told me it was chicken but i knew right away something was off and spit it out just because it was too chewy.
that night i wanted to find a restaurant that served hot pot soup ( i know, even after throwing it up) but we couldn't find one. i was overly hungry by the time we found somewhere to eat and i hate this word, but i was severely "hangry." the menu didn't have any english translation and i got super frustrated that we couldn't communicate with the server. i was getting upset and slightly hysterical haha. we just pointed at random stuff and it all ended up being pretty good and i was happy after. after we left the restaurant, we walked maybe for one minute and found a hot pot soup restaurant! haha, that's life right?!