My time in China has been a lot of fun, between studying and work I still have quite a bit of free time so I am able to get to know the city a bit better and enjoy myself.
Every once in a while I have lunch with my other classmates, and sometimes we go to new restuarants. And, so far the food has all been very good.
This year was the first year I had my birthday away from home as well, so I went out to dinner with some of my classmates from Canada and afterwards we had cake. The place we went to served western food, and although it was quite a bit more expensive than other restuarants I have been to, it was nice to have it for a change.
Also, the day before my birthday we had to go to the Main Campus of ZJU in order to attend 'Canada' Day which was being celebrated along with some members of the consolute in Shanghai. It was to commemorate the universities ties with Canadian Universities, so we had to go in order to represent some of the Canadian student body, under the pretense of free food... There was free food, but not a lot and not that good....
Anyways, we mainly ended up just going to the opening meeting and then a picture. After that, we dispersed. I stayed with some others to look at some artwork on display by a Canadian artist, and then we all went for lunch.
As a result, we missed our morning Mandarin classes. But, we were still able to go to our computer class in the afternoon. Overall, it was a very interesting expperiance.