China Day 19 (Tianjin)
Today we had our last meal with the Chinese students at the Korean restaurant near our hotel that we had our welcoming dinner at. This dinner was courtesy of Zach, one of our group members (Thank you Zach). All and all, the dinner was very good. At this restaurant you are given a plate of uncooked meat and they put a steel bowl filled with hot coals in part of the table that has the opening for it. They then put a grill top over it so you can prepare the meat manually. They also brought a good serving of vegetables that we could cook over this grill. I grilled some meat and put this on top of lettuce, wrapped it up, and ate it like that. It was, like I said, a very good meal. I had very good conversations with the Chinese students and, at the end of the dinner, the Chinese students and the American students exchanged gifts. I gave away my True Blue T-Wolves shirt, a nice handkerchief with a Mexican design, and I gave everyone some fruit that I had bought at the local supermarket. I felt kind of bad because I would have rather have out American candy but I forgot to get some stateside. Nearing the latter part of the night, we all went out to the KTV. At the KTV, you buy a room for the night and it has karaoke. Tyler (my roommate) and I had quite a bit of beer left from the two 12-packs we had bought earlier in the week so we brought that to the KTV. A few others brought beer as well. We got two of the bigger rooms at KTV for only a couple hundred yuan, a modest price when divided by 30 or so people. I had a few drinks, sang songs, and we all had a great time for our last night in Tianjin. I'll be a little sad to leave this place, I was getting kind of used to it. Hopefully our next hotel has a more comfortable bed and a bathroom that isn't see-through.