Dolly took us to lunch at the school’s canteen where we were able to pick from several different ingredients. I chose some meat, tofu, veggies, and ramen, which was cooked up and served with soup and rice. It was actually quite a bit of food, which I could not finish. I also got a really good frozen mocha coffee drink. Following lunch, we walked around the campus and took a group photo. One of the students said to me “Oh my gosh, you are so white. You sparkle in the sun”. I knew I was pale, but I didn’t think I was that pale! Haha. After this comment, we spoke for a little and she was very nice. I really enjoyed being able to chat with these individuals and to learn a little bit more about their lives as students in China.
The walk around campus was nice because the weather was perfect and we walked at a relaxed pace. We then went back to the classroom for an activity. Our activity was to (try to) make a traditional Chinese knot. However, this was nearly impossible. Kevin and I ended up making a much simpler knot, so we didn’t completely fail at the task.
Our day ended quite early, which was nice because I definitely needed a nap. For dinner, Jordan, Athena and I went to a Mexican restaurant. I know I shouldn’t say this, but it may have been better than the majority of our Chinese meals. I had the taco salad and some sangria. Afterwards, we stopped at a bakery just diagonal from our hotel. I was torn between macaroons and the tiramisu, but I decided to get the tiramisu. It was so good! I’ll definitely be going back at some point for the macaroons, though.
I really love how much more peaceful Shanghai is compared to Beijing and Xi’an. The weather is cooler; you can walk at a slower, more relaxing pace; and it is definitely nice to have a number of western toilets to choose from 🙂 And, of course, I can’t forget to mention the beautiful live music in the hotel as I sit in the lobby writing this. I can’t believe I’m already down to three days left in China.