Conor '16  唐客

I have come to the conclusion that Gao Lao Shi has a peculiar case of narcolepsy. At times it appears that he is immune to fatigue, but then you have other instances where he can fall asleep standing up, sort of like this picture.   His sporadic sleep-wake cycles have brought me to my hypothesis; however, at times it appears that Gao Lao Shi is able to control this strange human behavior. I personally believe that it is the availability to an abundant supply of “legit” Chinese food that is the partial elixir to Gao Lao Shi’s narcolepsy. 

The reason I have brought this to attention is because I think Gao Lao Shi has made our schedule accommodating to his sleeping routine. Just like how my mother packed my toiletries bag, Gao Lao Shi has created a schedule that is jam-packed with events. There is rarely a time where I, or anyone of my fellow travelers, can have an hour other than late at night to hang out. Gao Lao Shi has created a general daily routine for us: wake up at 7, breakfast, approximately 15 to 30 minutes to go back to our room to prepare for the day’s activities, activities at EFZ, lunch, 15 to 30 minutes again, go into Shanghai, dinner in Shanghai, and finally arrive back at the dorm at around 9:30 where all of us are tired from the day’s festivities, therefore resulting in an almost immediate slumber. However, things in the past couple of days have been different; they haven’t followed this daily agenda, but don’t get me wrong, Gao still planned an extremely busy schedule.

To give a quick idea to what I mean, I’ll put it into perspective. Yesterday, we were all in Sanya, China’s southernmost city, where it is currently 80 degrees and is a tropical paradise. We are now currently on an overnight train leaving from Shanghai heading towards Beijing. That’s right, this train originated in Shanghai, which is a solid three and a half hour flight from Sanya. So that means, that just in a matter of three days, we will have travelled from China’s southernmost city to its northern capital (Bei Jing means northern capital). Not to mention we have gone to two high-end dinners and have said our good-byes to our partners among those days. Although these past few days have been strenuous, there is no issue, because I think Gao Lao Shi’s antidote of Chinese food acts as a fueling agent for all of us. Despite that busy schedule we have been following, we, as a group, have traversed China with stick-to-itiveness and swagger.

Today specifically was actually a bit unadventurous. The theme of the day was packing. So, in order to pass our boredom, my roommate and I established theme songs throughout the day. He forced me to listen to 30 minutes straight of Robot Unicorn Attack’s theme song Always, which I do not recommend doing, and later in the day, four of us listened and sang to an a cappella heavy metal song (which actually does exist and is quite fun to listen to). Our final song of the day was Peaches, which is a grungy rock song about peaches, which we listened to as we took our positions on the train.

So here I am now, at exactly 12 o’clock at night, writing this blog entry, with the mouthed guitar riff of the a cappella song stuck in my head. One may worry that I may be sleep deprived as we arrive at 8 o’clock in the morning in Beijing. I guess on the morrow I’ll just have to depend on this Chinese food wakening thing.