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... as we always seem to get given them free of charge, tonight was the same. As soon as the bar found out it was my birthday, we were all given 4 dozen bottles of beer and I was given a lethal bottle of Absolute Vodka. It's safe to say after that we all had a very goodnight.
The following Monday (my actual birthday) I arrived in my school office to find on my desk a huge bu-cay of flowers and parceled cake waiting for me. Every class that day, I was greeted with ...
... joy. This has not been the Chinese way in education. So, I want each of you to help your students to enjoy learning in the ways that you have experienced it during this program. This is how we will change what it means to learn in China."
Dr. Zhang told me during our first meeting that learning in China was more about suffering than ...
... in math if one of my instructors had involved me in this type of activity.
I also learned that my concept of medieval Cathedral architecture was severely messed up. A professor asked us to draw a picture of a cathedral ...
... held up by poles. As we wandered down to the lakeside we found a bridge which didn't seem to go anywhere (the opposite side being yet another building site). As we walked across a young family with a 6 year old boy came toward us. As often happens, we were braced ready and braced for the family to ask for their son to have a picture with us (the joy of being a white man in China) instead the little boy came running towards me, stopped then decided to punch me ...
... rides and roller coasters in particular. However, after encouragement from the others, I was coaxed into going on one. I admit, I screamed the place down and would I want to go on another one in the future, no. But it was a little bit fun and a good way of saying goodbye to a very good friend for the time being (until December when I pay him a visit). But that will be another tale.
For now this is me signing out. Until next time,
From Your Stupid Boy Abroad,