On this, my final full day in China, I took a stroll through campus and decided that there are some things–unique and not so unique–I will miss about the PRC. Before I started packing (YAY), and in case you were wondering, I thought I’d share them with you, my faithful readers. And here they are:
1. The Yongali exit off the subway to the Silk Market. It’s like stepping into a rave, and gets you pumped for bargaining!
2. Roses – they are EVERYWHERE in this country – leftover from the Olympics, I suspect, but they do VERY WELL in this climate and they were beautiful during the time here!
3. Sandy at the track – she made us get up and get out of bed with our best workout on for most of the 4 weeks at 6 am in the morning. Nothing like passing a 70 year old woman on the track to make you feel great about your (lack of) athleticism…we will miss your inspiring motivation, Ms. Sandy!
4. Free donuts at breakfast. (Ok, they’re really not donuts – and there’s a Chinese name for the fried little bits of heaven, but we needed to dump the sugar on them.)
5. McDonald’s – Honestly, I rarely if ever eat McD’s at home. But without them in China, I fear I might not be alive today. McD’s was fantastically consistent, which is a golden thing when you can’t read a Chinese menu and your stomach is trying to get used to an entirely different way of eating. And way to go, McD in the PRC – you have delivery on bicycle…BRILL! When I get home, I probably won’t eat it for awhile, but at least I know it is there waiting for me…on both continents.
6. Peking duck – not so much for the taste (don’t get me wrong, it is tasty) but for the production around the meal. It is a feast to be shared with friends.
7. The bakery across from the east gate at Remnin – I never thought ‘meat floss’ could be so tasty on bread!
8. K box – if you ever get to karaoke in private rooms like at K box across from the subway stop on the west gate of Renmin university – DO IT. It was an absolute BLAST last night (we didn’t get home til 4). Why don’t we have this in the states?
9. Flaming green beans – all the green beans served at traditional chinese restaurants here were spicy hot and hot hot at the tables. Red hot peppers and green beens? YUM.
10. Last, but certainly not least – the silver and gold friends – to all the awesome student mentors we had (mine was Star – LOVE her and we’re taking her out to dinner tonight because she was so very super helpful), but also to Beverly, big D, Diva, Summer, Chen Lei, and all the amazing help we had over here trying to acclimate to law school and China – you all rocked the house and are WELCOME to visit in Indiana anytime! Also, to the friends I already had through law school in the states, who I got to know better while during our tenure here. You were a blast, the group was never dull, and it was great to see another level of my law school homies here in the PRC. Lastly, to the new law school friends I met at other law schools who joined our summer program – it was a pleasure to meet you, and you too made our experience so much the richer by your participation.
Safe travels home, to all the 30 participants in the program. Don’t know about you, but the first thing I’ll be ordering on the plane is a HUGE cup of water, WITH ICE.