By: Elizabeth Bauman

We left Chicago and landed in Shanghai for a 4 hour layover – perfect for customs and immigration, quick bite to eat (practicing my goal for the China trip- to be ambidextrous with chopsticks), and a drink before we left for a quick 2 hour flight to Xi’an.

I don’t know how much food I’ve eaten in the last 27 hours – nor which meals they were. It’s slightly disorienting. The last flight’s food (China Eastern Airlines) didn’t smell so appetizing even for airplane food (fish or pork with rice or noodles) so I passed on that. I will be curious to see how many people decide not to be adventurous food-wise. The SMU admin scared us slightly into not drinking or eating anything suspicious in fear of getting ‘sick’. Some have already experimented with free water at the Shanghai airport so the countdown for water/food poisoning begins.

We have a wonderful guide as we drive the 1 hour to our hotel from the airport. Hab (pronounced hay-bee) is telling us about some Chinese history and culture. She explained the different kinds of noodles that they have here. Apparently there is a kind of noodle (forgot the name already) that you can eat 1 and be full.

Made it to the hotel and excited for a real bed 🙂

Tomorrow’s agenda: free day with options of Terra Cotta soldiers or a mountain hike.