Yesterday was another great day in China, maybe be the best so far. We started with a Chinese painting class where we were given a demonstration painting a lotus flower. Then we all attempted to paint one ourselves. It was a lot of fun. Afterwards I came back to my room and prepared for my 1:30 class to English education majors. I had about 50 students in today’s class and they seemed to enjoy seeing UGA and the Nittany Lion mascots. They also thought Linda’s art work was very beautiful. Afterwards a student took me on a tour of the Pukou campus. She said it was purchased from another college recently. It has a couple of ponds, a large soccer field, seven dorms, library and a dining hall but I believe only one classroom building. We saw some wildlife birds and walked onto this one little island with a small pagoda on it.
In the evening Professor Du (she came to Bluefield 2 years ago) took all of us out to dinner. It was one of the best dinners I have ever eaten, certainly the best I have had in China so far. It seemed like all the food complemented each other. Like other times it was served on a large lazy susan and we snatched food from the bowls each time a dish came to us. I ate a lot of everything and so did everyone else. They had this fish with its head and tail sticking straight up on the plate and it was cut from the center bone looking like a blooming onion. I swear that is what it looked like. It was covered in a sweet and sour sauce and you could grab a ball of it, about the size of a tennis ball and eat each of the 20 strands of meat. It was also deep fried like a blooming onion. Simply an amazing dish. I could go on and on what each dish was like but I would bore you and it would remind me how full I got.
Today I also was able to start on some of the 24 sheets of watercolor paper I brought with me. I painted twelve sheets with a few colors and randomly dropped (then glued) about 3-5 American stamps on another twelve sheets. Today is another adventure, it is 6:41 am.