Friday, September 4, 2009
Late Nights and Small Victories
After taking care of business, we bought some more baozi (steamed dumplings) and headed home. Besides the fact that it was a gloomy day, we just wanted to stay in and semi-recover from the night before. Chris (2nd year PiA-er) took us out on a grand tour of bars and clubs, which was a lot of fun and terrible for our livers. After dinner - where I successfully opened a bottle of beer with chopsticks after many failed attempts - we went to Hopscotch, a bar with an awesome red interior and crazy weird lights and posters and comfy couches and knick-nacks. It really appealed to me. We did some shots there, and then went to Dave's, another bar. Dave's was pretty quiet, and so after a drink there (with some complimentary watermelon), we went to a club called 2046. The name reminded me of the Wong Kar Wai movie, so maybe it's a sign that I'll meet a young version of Tony Leung, one of my many Celebrity Crushes (p.s. Jordan, I'm sorry I dropped the ball on guest-blogging for you, but I am going to hop back on that wagon soon!) It was kind of a ridiculous place, but we danced a lot and that's always a good time. Plus they played Sean Kingston's "Fire Burning," a personal favorite hot summer jam.
Despite it being a fancy-seeming club with fancy lights and fancy stools and fancy cocktails, the toilets are still just holes in the floor. I have yet to come across a public restroom that has a Western-style toilet, but I have to say that I'm getting better at using them. It's kind of like camping, except that instead of being in the pristine wilderness, you're in a filthy, graffiti-covered bathroom littered with cigarette butts. So I consider not peeing all over myself or the floor one of my many Small Victories here in China.