After the training ended, I decided to take a vacation day to relax at the retreat. I had breakfast on the river, just like on the first day. Most everyone else was leaving at noon, so we had a lazy morning saying our goodbyes.
Then Kristin, Kelly, Jayaseelan and I went for another raft ride. It had been so beautiful and peaceful (except for the water fight) that we wanted to do it again. It was as peaceful and beautiful as the first time.
After rafting, we met Rick for dinner at the roof-top Cafe Luna in Moon Hill Village. Delicious Italian food. Another memorable experience listening to French music in China eating Italian. I noticed the architecture from the roof-top all looked so blocky. It wasn't at all what I expected in China; I expected curly-cue roofs and pagoda-style homes. But because of communism, everything is white block housing. Very drab and sad.
After dinner, we went to a show on the river - a show with a cast of hudreds all performed on the river on rafts. It was directed/created by the director of Hero and of the opening ceremony of the Olympics. It was an interesting cultural experience watching Chinese entertainment in an all Chinese audience. It was hard to focus as the audience talked loudly the entire time, which is how they roll. I didn't really understand the plot. There was something about singing and rafting and mountains and water buffalo and lots of naked ladies.
Once again, another interesting experience, if still not quite my favorite.