Outside the rain goes on….
Minutes later we’re introducing ourselves and having a shy conversation. By this time a new friend of them has arrived at the scene.
Having spent all the afternoon and evening working, I feel like why not to have a beer so I invite them to join me. The guy who names himself Dennis is super receptive and answers “of course !” but the girl is a bit reluctant. He explains me they had been in the bar having vodka just before coming to Starbuck’s for a shelter and they are already a bit drunk. Anyways, minutes later I find myself under the storm and the four of us sharing two umbrellas. Fortunately the bar they wanted to show me was practically next door. It was a student bar.
We took a small lift in a modern buiding and entered into a smoky noisy atmosphere with plenty of beautiful chinese faces talking, laughing and playing dices. Actually most of the bars in China supply its clients with a cup for each player on the tables and five 6-sided dices per cup. There are different ways to play it, we were using only 1 dice per cup and who got the lowest number should drink or complete a “challenge”, consisting in drinking more/screaming out loud/asking random people to add them on WeChat (the Facebook/Instagram/WhatsApp equivalent in China). While we were having a beer tower (just like if I was in Brazil), a waiter came to our table to dare my new friend Dennis. As the guy lost his own challenge we had some french fries for free.
The atmosphere in a chinese student bar is just the same from everywhere else in the world : loud music, people having fun, laughing, flirting, discussing, playing… we tend to think that in countries such China people live their lives too differently but after all is just the same : human questions and needs.
After all, this kind of experience is what really makes life worth living. Tonight I’m hanging out with Dennis & Co again.