|At the pool hall|
|Alex, Cecelia and I with "Pleather"|
Eventually we went home. Our Chinese friend slept on our couch (as it was way past his dorm's curfew) and we went straight to bed. The next day Cecelia was really hung over. She ended up vomiting as late as 5 p.m. That's when you know you had a good time the night before. We had to cancel plans that day (for obvious reasons) and stayed inside. It's too bad, because the weather was gorgeous.
We spent most of Sunday afternoon (after Cecelia slept late, still not feeling well) walking around the campus, taking pictures. It was honestly one of the best times I've had here yet. Everything was quiet, it was sunny with blue skies, perfect breeze, and warm (but not hot). I'm so happy that we're finally getting some quality autumn time. It seems that, in the States, it's hot until late-September, then it's beautiful for like 3 weeks, then it snows. In Shaoguan we're actually going to get a full season. Imagine that.
The leaves have not turned here (they may not, actually); however, some have already fallen. It really adds to the atmosphere, because the falling leaves make the wonderful rustling sound when they blow, and they also make it smell like autumn. Another aspect helping the aesthetics is that the Chinese burn leaves. I really love that smell!
This morning I had class, then walked home, very content, as the sun shone through the trees surrounding our apartment, and the breeze rustled the leaves. For the first time this trip, I'm really really really happy to be here and nowhere else.