I took the bus after class again on Friday afternoon and arrived in Guangzhou a little bit early to meet my host Melody.
I went to her metro station and I had a few hours to kill, so conveniently, there was a glasses store and a passport photo shop right next to it. So, I went glasses shopping and got my passport photo taken. I'm gonna need it for my trip to Laos in January. I got some new purple glasses and eight visa photos. Ready to go for maybe another year or two of crazy Chinese bureaucracy. You always need a visa photo for everything.
Melody had one of her couchsurfers meet me at the station, his name was Rune and he was Mongolian. He told me his favourite book was Into the Wild and he's traveling like his hero, without any money. I could feel him egging me on and hinting that he needs money. I wasn't about to pitch in for this experiment.
Melody's mom makes dinner every night for her father and his father's workers. They do construction work and all eat together at the end of the day. Rune and I chowed down. He was really hungry.
After that we went to the weekly couchsurfing meetup near the opera house. That night there was a light festival, so it was packed. We met some nice people and a couple of annoying ones, who we talked about all the way home.
In the morning Melody and I went to the Guangzhou museum and the Guangzhou art gallery, which are next to each other in Yuexiu park. Rune had to go to a "meeting" and I speculated in my own mind at what that actually meant.
Anywho, the museums were cool, and I found out that I had visited all four of China's best ancient towers. Without even trying! Imagine that.
It rained a little bit on us on the way home and we took a nap. Later that evening an Egyptian guy showed up. Wouldn't you know it, it's the one who was looking for "friends with benefits" on the couchsurfing chat group... Mohamed. I was not impressed. We had gotten into a fight online three months ago and the rest of the couchsurfing people attacked him for it too. The thread was eventually deleted so I had no proof that this actually happened. I explained the situation to Melody and she was also surprised. I didn't say anything to Mohamed, so he treated me like anyone. Asking me to find him a job after meeting me for five seconds, and telling me that I have to learn more Chinese, while bragging about his proficiency at German.
We all ate her mom's amazing dinner and went to bed.
Melody and me at the museum