Wednesday, May 11, 2016

May. 11, 2016
Rudi Kiefer

The students here deserve all the credit. They turned a lengthy six-week stay at a university in a spartan dorm room into a fun-filled series of activities. The same is true for the faculty. Here’s a quick catalog of the adventures within the adventure they have provided: daytime field trip to giant Lake Chao with Professor Liu and students, including boat ride, mountain climb and “adventure lunch” (Can you identify what that is you’re eating?)…. Shopping in the mega-malls of downtown Hefei…. Photo opp with the manager of the piano store just because I hammered out a few minutes of ragtime in the showroom…. A day at the City Zoo…. Formal three-course luncheon in a fancy restaurant with Dean Han and faculty…. Bicycle tour with medical (M.D.) students.

The rest of my now short time here seems equally full: There’s a nursing festival tonight… “Something” – I don’t know what – coming up this Sunday with Prof. Ada Zhang and students…. Plenty of good food that is apparently very good for me because I’ve been gaining weight.

The bottom line is, if I’m sent here again, I need to bring a lot more trinkets and little gifts, which are greatly appreciated by students and staff, although they do not even come close to compensating for the time and effort that everybody is devoting to the program and to the entertainment of Yours Truly.

P.S. To my surprise, a number of medical students students (two shown with me in the photo) that are not in our program are latching on to my group, too. Instant friends. I can only surmise that lots of young people hunger for contact with someone from another country. Or, maybe it’s just the cool Mexican t-shirt that I bought in Yucatan a few weeks ago.

I’ll elaborate some more on the social contact topic in the next blog.

P.S. To my surprise, a number of medical students students (two shown with me in the photo) that are not in our program are latching on to my group, too. Instant friends. I can only surmise that lots of young people hunger for contact with someone from another country. Or, maybe it's just the cool Mexican t-shirt that I bought in Yucatan a few weeks ago. I'll elaborate some more on the social contact topic in the next blog.
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