UIBE graduation week
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On the penultimate day of the course I managed to oversleep and miss the first class! Given how many ridiculously late nights I’d been having this was actually the first time I’d not made it to lessons on time.
We were told at the start of the course that missing classes without a good explanation would not be tolerated, so I was pleasantly surprise when my absence was ignored. Clearly my star pupil status had worked in my favour!
The rest of the day passed by in a complete blur and then a big group of us headed into town to have dinner at Tex Mex.
Yet another fun evening was had by all, although not sure I liked that fact that I was confirmed mother of group as the oldest member at the table! I was overjoyed to get a glass of red wine with my Fajitas - a real luxury after 4 weeks of mainly beer with the old cheap cocktail.
After an early night, I woke refreshed to face the last day at UIBE.
We only had 2 classes in the morning to finish the course and then we were free to get ready for the Graduation dinner.
After a spot of lunch I headed straight over to the hairdressers with Amy and Emma to get a rerun of the pampering I’d sampled the week before....Then is was back to my apartment to pack.....
I’d seemed to have accumulated a ton of stuff so wasn’t too sure how I was supposed to fit it all in my rucksack. Perhaps this was a task to complete in the morning...
Once spruced up in a little black dress and gold heels, I totted off to the coach at 5.30pm...
At the restaurant I sat at a table with Amy, Inga, Fergus, Martin and others which ensured a fun evening.
After the meal, everyone grabbed taxis to head to Cheers bar in San Li Tun.... It was quite a compact little place, so pretty packed once our entire group had arrived. There was still enough room to bust a sufficient groove to the live band and reach the bar so I was happy. I also managed to get a couple of good Mojitos (a first in Beijing) which added to my high spirits.
As the clock struck midnight it became Amy’s 21st birthday. Such an event couldn’t go unnoticed so I jumped on the little stage and after grappling for the mic from Andrea, a permanently drunk Swede, I managed to announced to the bar that Amy has just turned 21 and it was therefore required that we all sang her happy birthday. The whole bar then burst into full song, which was followed by the obligatory 3 cheers.
At some point in the evening Senator Pan made another appearance. He’d changed out of his formal attire from earlier into a rather fetching Hawaiian shirt. I couldn’t miss this great opportunity for a photo.
I think I made my way back to UIBE around 2am and headed to the 24hr noodle bar one last time.
I’m not sure where the time went, but I ended up staying up until around 6am and was just relieved I wasn’t due to leave UIBE until after lunch so at least could get a few hours sleep.
People started leaving for their various schools from 10am. Clearly I missed seeing a few people off, but those I did see, it was pretty sad to say goodbye. I couldn’t help myself shedding a little tear when I said goodbye to Amy, who was heading off to a school in Hangzhou, near Shanghai. We’d become really good friends over the last few weeks and I was definitely going to miss her a lot.
I sat in the campus cafe with a stinking hangover to wait for Mr Guo, the programme leader from my school placement in Miyun. He arrived at around 3.30pm to pick myself and Inga up, and I waved goodbye to UIBE.