Saturday, November 1: Tonight the students of our college, SCIC (Sino-Canadian International College at Guangxi University), put on a Halloween party to which all the students and teachers are invited. It’s fun to wander around seeing many of my 71 students dressed in costume. I still have trouble remembering their names inside the classroom; outside of the classroom, I am utterly confused. It doesn’t help that they have masks and costumes on, making it even more baffling all around.
It is another hot and sticky night in Nanning, and everyone is sweating in their costumes, some of which are quite heavy. I am dressed as a bohemian, or a hippie or gypsy, whatever you want to call me, and I want nothing more than to rip off that scarf and long skirt and head back to my air-conditioned apartment.
It is fun to see the students out and about with their friends having a grand time. They spend most of the night, from what I can tell, taking pictures of each other.
I can never find any kind of drink at the party, so I leave relatively early and stop at the market, where I buy six various types of soft drinks, juices and yogurt drinks. I am exhausted from an earlier trek during the day to Wal-Mart, over 1 1/2 miles from my house, where another teacher and I bought a ton of things thinking we would get a taxi home. We couldn’t get a taxi, and it was raining on top of that, so we had a pretty miserable walk home, burdened by our heavy purchases! I am really in no mood to party after that misadventure!