|We are winding up our time in Qinhuangdao with a flurry of last time meals and goodbyes. We went out Monday night with a couple of the foreign teachers to a restaurant where everyone is dressed in Bavarian garb. Waiters come around with giant metal skewers of meat of all descriptions and slice off huge chunks onto the diners' plates. Gis hasn't seen so much meat in one place for more than three months. We recognized a turkey leg, chicken and beef but there were unknown varieties as well.
We went to lunch with the head of I.T. and his family. There were massive quantities of food. I suspect that any food that I said that we knew was ordered for us. We watched the chef use a kind of shaver to slice off noodles into a giant wok. It is not the usual way of doing noodles in this area. Delicious!
The city is in full bloom. Party officials from Beijing and the Russians seem to have arrived. Qinhuangdao is a popular vacation spot for Russians and the people from Beijing move here for the summer to avoid the heat. It seems to be hovering around 36 degrees in Beijing now and is much milder here.
The fourth year students have all departed. All the others are here until about July 20. About 1/3 plan to get summer jobs and the others will just take it easy. Two of my students say their summer project is to learn to drive.
We are off to Beijing on Friday and are excited to see the sites there. We feel acclimated to China and are now willing to brave the 17 million people in Beijing. We can force our way onto a bus with the best of them. And we had a successful bargaining session yesterday so we feel semi prepared.