HUAIROU, Beijing Province:
Half the Korean students' parents had come to China this weekend to visit, so there were only 4 kids in class today!
I thought it was really harsh that while those who had parents around were allowed off class, those who were probably already feeling a bit left out had to be in school on a Saturday morning!
Anyway, I made it in time for Efren's second lesson with them (he teaches periods 1 and 2, and I teach 3 and 4), and he'd given up trying to teach anything, so had started playing games. By the time their break came, we were told the Korean school had been cancelled for the rest of the day - because the students were so depressed!
Sarah and I went to get some lunch - we tried some different smoothies from Jack Hut and sat on the steps outside Jing Bei Shopping Centre and watched the market for a bit. I don't whether it was because it was so sunny, but there was a really good mood in Huairou today!
The rest of the day we spent wandering around Huairou - laughing at some of the Chinglish and seeing a few places we've not explored before. We bought some Chinese cake from a local bakery - so tasty!
While we were eating cake a girl came to speak to us, Mary - her English was very good! She'd graduated from Huairou's No. 3 Middle School two years ago, and she was a big fan of the Honglu Temple! Almost sentence led back to the fact that we should visit it.
She decided to join us on our wander round Huairou - it was quite nice to have her tag along, and her English was good enough that we could actually have a conversation.
In the afternoon we bought wine and snacks for our "Wine night" - we decided a quiet night in playing cards and drinking red wine would be a good way to end the day. The wine was Spanish wine from our local supermarket, and it was actually really good! I was expecting vinegar haha
At about 10pm, we decided that we did want to go out! So we got ready, and headed off to Disco 9.
We arrived just in time for the show - very exciting! When Axu came on stage he said 'hello' over the mic and waved at us, and every single person in the club turned to stare at us. Hahaha I love being Caucasian sometimes!
We found a roller-skating rink in Disco 9 tonight as well! I don't know how we've never noticed it before - it's huge, and it's clearly not new!
We decided to walk home, and on our way we met a group of people who invited us to go to KTV (Karaoke) with them...
So just when we thought our night was coming to an end, we went to sing some classics (Aerosmith - 'I don't wanna miss a thing', Avril Lavigne - 'Girlfriend' etc...), drink red wine mixed with sprite, and hear some Chinese pop music! Brilliant