D-Day + 1
Woke once more at 7.30 a.m. and did what I do everyday. Had a long shower, ate a bowl of Cheerios, watched an episode of something amusing and checked out the newspapers.
At 9 a.m. I crossed over to Bettinas’ for what I hoped would be the last time. I continued reading from where we had left off last night. At noon, we had finished the read through and were satisfied with the result. Spent a couple of hours going through all our sources, writing acknowledgements and generally finalizing everything.
At 2.30 p.m. we were finished. Felt kind of strange. We headed out the door and downtown to have it printed. We had heard stories from the other groups of long, 24 hour, waits, but the nice man at Copy General assured us that we would have it ready in half an hour. Of course, we didn’t believe him, but said OK.
At 3.30 p.m. we sat down outside at Element Fresh for lunch in the sun. Before we had received our food, the copy man called and said that everything was now ready for pick-up. I was impressed, but still dubious. We ate our lunch and went down to see if everything was as it should be with the thesis. Impressively, it was. Six copies, printed and bound, for 400rmb.
Pleased with ourselves, Ouafa and I returned to Linping. I picked up my computer from Bettinas’ place and went back to my own apartment. Here I sat down on the veranda for a while, trying to let all the stress and bad feelings out of my body and replace it with a sense of completion. I sent off the paper by email and felt pretty good about it.
At 7.30 p.m. Frode and I took a taxi to Super Brand Mall to meet the rest of the guys at Hooters. As it turned out, only two more showed up. Marcus, Jonathan, Frode and I had a great time anyway. We faked Jonathan’s birthday and got a hooters song and a balloon. At 9.30 p.m. we left the restaurant for Barbarossa. The ladies had all gathered here for ladies-night. It was good fun actually. Been a while since last everyone had gone out together. When I say everyone, I say it very loosely. I guess 2/3 of the class was there.
Around 1 a.m. we left Barbarossa for Shanghai trendy hot spot; Bar Rouge. The only reason for coming here, in my opinion, is the fantastic outside area on a Bund roof-top with unparalleled views of the city.
At 3 a.m., the bar closed and we left. Silje and I shared a taxi back to Linping. I was in bed just before 4 a.m. Completely exhausted, I was asleep before my head hit my pillow.