Ahhhh, ennui. Between extended bouts of lounging in solitude, one fellow "guest" remarked to me that she was appalled to realize that she had no desire to do anything anymore. We no longer sit outside. I have stopped trying the crossword puzzle, and that killer 16 x 16 sudoku that I gleefully began days ago sits unwanted in my bag. I haven't even been able to sit through a whole movie. One of my colleagues refers to this as "Big Brother Syndrome" and we've all got it, and got it bad. What a relief that we get outta here tomorrow!!
Tonight was our final tai chi class. We have learned the first of twenty-four movements of one tai chi form. I can't imagine what this week would have been like without two tai chi breaks per day. We presented our instructor with a certificate and letter of thanks for all his patience and instruction, and took lots of pictures. Oddly, even while wearing a mask, we all smiled for the camera!
A new cohort of inmates arrived today to the sight of ranks of masked foreigners doing tai chi under a huge red sign reading "Thank you for your understanding and wish you good health." A new sign appeared today stating "Wish you our love and best wishes for your trip! Bon voyage!" (Bon voyage in Chinese is "a peaceful road.")