A few days later I traveled to my friend’s home in Lai Zhou （莱州）. Lai Zhou is a small town, speaking in terms of size compared to many cities in China. Everywhere I went the people who lived in Lai Zhou would stare at me. There were many times when I heard people whisper “外国人” (foreigner) or “俄罗斯人”（Russian）. (I don’t know why but everyone always assumed I was Russian!) I spent my last few days in China at her home. Her family welcomed me with open arms. I truly felt like I was a part of her family. Her mother was always feeding us. I really believe it is the custom in china, to constantly feed your guests until they are so full they cannot eat any more. I would wake up in the morning and her mom would serve breakfast. After breakfast she would give us fruit and sun flower seeds; then comes lunch and the same snacks after lunch…etc. I noticed in my friend’s house, like many other houses in the Shandong province of China, they used solar energy. I found it very efficient and actually cheaper. Shandong Province is one of the top provinces in china that uses solar energy.
After my week in Lai Zhou I took a bus from Lai Zhou to Shanghai. I was on this bus for 12 hours. This was a really fun experience. When I got on the bus I realized there were not any chairs there were only beds. My bed was a top bunk in the middle of the bus. On this bed I felt like I was on the deck of a swaying ship. I could feel the bus’s every movement! I think this was the best way to end my semester in China.