I really don’t know how many posts it will take to sum up the experience I’ve had here, so I’ll just name this part 1.
We knew this day was coming six weeks ago; we knew this day was coming last week; we knew this day was coming yesterday; we knew this day was coming today. Friday marked the last official day of the program. We wrapped up the program with a slideshow of all our photos and a final large group dinner.
Our group left dinner a bit early in order to go to KTV. The group consisted of our “group”…the people we normally hang out with. We all went together to a rather nice KTV place - oh, and it was all paid for too by one of our group members’ friend’s mother.
Right as we left dinner to go to KTV, however, it started raining. It started with a few drops, but quickly grew to a downpour. We hustled back to our dorms, but by the time we all met downstairs ready to go, the roads were already flooded with huge and deep puddles. Debating as to whether to try to get a taxi or take the subway then a taxi, we found ourselves standing in the rain for a while. Eventually we decided to take the subway, but by this time, we were all thoroughly drenched. After a rather damp subway ride, we exited and began our mission to find taxis. The road was not a very well known one (although the KTV place really stands out). Given the amount of people, we had to take three taxis. Getting the first one was easy; the second one was a bit more difficult; the third one took a while as well. The good part was that it was no longer raining, so we could find our taxi drivers in peace.
KTV was KTV. Many members of our group were coughing due to sickness…but it was very fun nonetheless. We had three hours of singing goodness already paid for. Some of the tracks were weird, some of the music videos were weird as well. But it was free and the amenities were very nice.
We left the KTV place at around 2:30 AM and began our trip to find taxis again. This time there were not only more taxis down the road, they all knew where Peking University’s East Gate was. Right as myself and two others were going to get into the cab (the last one, mind you), we get a call saying one of our group members’ cell phones is missing. We turn around and head back to the KTV place looking. We pulled apart the sofa, checked the bathroom, and checked the front desk - no one saw a phone. As we leave to decide to check the road, one of us gets a call saying that the phone was found. Oh man…no problem though.
We get back and it’s around 3AM, 3:30AM. Now normally that would seem rather late, but time was not a problem tonight. We were all pulling all-nighters, so 3AM was nothing.
We celebrated by having one more Game Night. It was a quieter game night, since many people were really tired. We tried ordering McDonalds; an order that we placed took an hour to arrive. People were coughing, people were tired. But we still had our one last Game Night (with these specific people).
I will continue on about this later. But for now, sleep!