Tonight, we definitely had to relax from all of the lectures and tours we have attended so far in Tianjin. It was time to go to Helen's Bar to relax and have a couple drinks.
One thing I learned was to accept a cigarette out of courtesy, as I forgot that denying a cigarette may make you lose face. I told the man that I am quitting for my own self, but the face he showed me was very disgruntled and shaken up. I just end up taking the cigarette, telling him thanks, and walked away. Forgetting some of the simple things in China can be very rude or offensive, but I will learn after my own mistakes.
It was a good thing not to get hammered like some people would do in a USA bar. It was definitely a good time, as I have enjoyed the social drinking, whereas some in the USA drink to get drunk, so there is sometimes no interaction after a person has changed their state of mind. I enjoyed the conversations we had at Helen's, some were funny, some were grotesque, etc... This will be the one thing I miss when going back home to the USA, although I will try and bring the style of drinking back home so everyone can enjoy a conversation. Thank you China for giving me the best trip of my life. Also big ups for Blake, Courtney, and Bailey for the enjoyable evening!