We finally got to take Bei Hai Park off of our bucket list today after trekking through sweaty and overcrowded subways and sweaty and overcrowded buses in the morning. I also got to take sing-“I’M-ON-A-BOAT”-like-in-that-one-annoying-song off of my bucket list when we got on a really nice and fancy boat to tour around the lake. The view looked like it would have been absolutely amazing and Facebook-worthy from every angle if it weren’t for the intensely heavy smog that made each scene look like a painting that was half-erased. First my health, and now my pictures. SMOG, what more do you want?!
After this amazing trip, I went back to my dorms and prepped for my presentation on intellectuals in China. I delivered what I wanted to deliver, but I also did that on the exam too. However, I didn’t read the directions on the latter, and what I wanted to deliver turned out to only be A- material. So who knows? Everything was going perfect today until I lost my camera at one of the two convenience stores. When I went back to both, the owners all said they never saw it. We all know one of them is really the Mafia (this is a sign that I am on Mafia withdrawals and need to play that game again).
We ended the night with our third round of KTV in Beijing, and I was challenged by one of my EAP friends on my Usher-ness when “Confessions” came on. I don’t mean to brag, but I think I not only stepped up to the plate, but also hit a home run on that challenge. Because you know, this is the “only way we know how to rock.”