Woke at 7
a.m. and again at 9 a.m. I finally got up at noon. Had breakfast and a shower
before sitting down at my desk and staring into my computer.

Wrote for a
couple of hours before Ouafa called and invited me down to Starbucks. Met her
around 2 p.m. We sat around discussing the thesis and the high demands that
some people have on themselves and life around them. At 4 p.m. we strolled up
Linping to the video store. Getting harder to find movies I want there now.

On my way
pack to the apartment I picked up some food and sat watching TV as I ate. Very unfulfilling
actually. I am truly fed up with the fat, greasy food with only mediocre taste.
I don’t know when I last time ate something and thought: Yummy!

We have to
comment on another groups thesis for next week, so I started reading it after
dinner. 100 pages or so of academic thesis is tough to read. I am glad I don’t
have to read and grade all of them. Sat for a couple of hours at my desk before
realizing that I had to get ready for the big night.

birthday was last Monday, but he is holding a big party tonight. I got picked
up by Arill and his visiting friend around 8.30 p.m. The party was at one of
Frodes’ Italian friends house on the other side of the city. Took us a while to
get the 15-20km from Linping to Grand gateway. Grand gateway is a city in
itself. Huge shopping centers and office buildings fight for space in the over-crowded

apartment was a very modern and spacious one. Relatively much higher standard
than I have seen before. But then they are serviced apartments and are only
rented out to company employees who are here for a limited period. The walls of
the apartment was lined with Chinese girls. I soon realized that this was not a
design feature or the maid, but that these Italian guys, and Frode I guess, had
invited lots of Chinese girls whom they had met at random nights on the town.
In the early stages of the party there were probably 5 girls to every guy, but
the odds evened out after a while; at least 4 to 1 later on.

It was
interesting as, we mostly hang out with other Scandinavians. The girls were
friendly enough, though some had clearly been out with western guys before and
knew how to act. I was glad to see Jon and Juliana show up around 11, along
with Gigi and Kristoffer. We hung around for a few hours and watched the
apartment fill to the brim.

At 1 a.m.
the party moved on to a place downtown. I used this opportunity to return to
Linping. Took a taxi together with J&J.

In bed just
before 2 a.m.