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... on the Chinese tour guide commentaries, and translating them for me when the group moved on.
Although I learned about many aspects of Yuelu Academy's history and functions, the lecture hall fascinated me the most. The lecturers would sit on a raised platform. One would write on a board behind their chairs while the other one talked. The students, or disciples as the information boards called ...
... We are saying we want someone tall, rich, and handsome," she giggles (I guess "dark" is a moot point in China).
As I listen to them chatter and laugh, I'm reminded of early episodes of the Big Bang Theory, so I start to describe the program to them.
"Oh, yes!" say's Claudia. "We watch that show. Sheldon is very funny."
(Turns out some of my students are also Big Bang ...
... Aaron, Mia and I (without hard-working Eric, who is completing his master's thesis) caught a taxi downtown, ready to join in the fun. As with all of our nights out together, our first order of business was to find a good place for dinner (accompanying Walter and me around town gets the grad students away from the canteen monotony at the university, so they always choose ...
... kept cheating on musical chairs dancing just above them. Bu it didn't matter. The kids enjoyed themselves, we enjoyed ourselves. It was like being back at disco kids when I was there age and planet rolled into one made circus.
After this we made our way to join up with our friends to join in the fun and games. And so as I result, I have been writing this blog with a sore head so I will say my goodbyes now.
Until next time,
From Your Stupid Boy,
... each other up the steps towards us. Finally, the tallest of the bunch came a little closer and said to me, "Hello. What - is - your - name?"
I introduced myself and Walter, and asked for the boy's name. Then I said, "How old are you?"
The boy paused, and his forehead furrowed slightly as he accessed his elementary school English lessons. "I am - ten - years old."