No niin ryhdistäydytään ja catch upataan nää viikon vikat blogipostit nyt. Perjantai aamu valkeni meille siis Xi'anissa.
Wuhaniin meidät oli kutsunut Central China Normal University eli CCNU, joidenka järjestelyt olivat varsin pedantit. Jups luetutti kännykästä kahden päivän intensiiviohjelmaa. Pohdimme, että mikä oikein on "Footbath" ja tulimme siihen tulokseen et se on varmaan kirjoitusvirhe ja kyseessä pitäisi olla "Foot path" eli jonkinlainen kävelylenkki.
Paikallisoppaamme 'Kevin' kolleegoineen nouti meidät kentältä ja majoituimme kampuksella olevaan hotelliin. Jokainen sai oman kahden huoneen sviitin(!) Tämän jälkeen söimme lounaaksi mitä mahtavinta kalasoppaa, josta valitettavasti ei ole kuvia, koska kuvauslaitteistoni sekoili tässä kohtaa matkaa. Lounaan jälkeen nukuttiin päikkärit ja sit suunnattiin töihin.
Luentoa seurasi ns. virallinen osuus, jossa allekirjoitettiin soppareita yms. CCNU:n ja Turun yliopiston välille ollaan nimittäin juuri solmittu uusi 'Double degree' sopimus, jossa opiskelijat voivat ottaa kursseja molemmista ja saada KAKSI tutkintotodistusta valmistuttuaan. Aika hyvä diili minusta.
So on Friday it was time to leave my Xi'an behind and head into an entirely new city in central China. We arrived to Wuhan by midday and were picked up by our very generous hosts from Central China Normal University. University of Turku has just made a double degree agreement with them and therefore we were privileged enough to be invited for this visit. I have never been to Wuhan before, so this was certainly an exciting day. We were staying at the campus in a nice hotel, which also served us with one of the best fish soups of my life for lunch. Eetu and I have been contemplating the broth recipe ever since. At least it contains Szechuan peppers.
After lunch we napped for an hour and then then older and younger generation of silver fox professors (aka Jups & Eetu) gave a lecture on Service design and business modelling to the bewildered Chinese audience. This was rather entertaining to follow, as these two guys obviously have known each other for a very long time and can pick on each others' queues. It is not necessarily easy to share a lecture hall with another teacher, but in this case, worked like a charm. My job was to write a reading list, which was challenging enough with a non-working internet, as usual... The Chinese students were kept in the loop by asking them questions like 'Please let us know which of the concepts did you understand, which you didn't'...? This is important to do when speaking in China, because the levels of English vary so greatly.
In the evening, we did a session on agreement signing and introducing SINOFINN Capstone to the CCNU. There seems to be no Capstone courses as it is, in their curricula, but they are certainly interested in collaboration with the project. Our hosts then took us for a marvelous dinner of Wuhan specialties (Wuhan is a river region, so the fish and prawns were very fresh and delicious) and of course some Moutai. Even though in Xi'an, we always drink Xi Feng, this was not my first time to try Moutai (170euros per bottle, btw - and never drink just one bottle, it's bad luck...What could possibly go wrong...?) but this was the first time I saw the method on how to check if your Moutai is real or fake... You break the bottle's neck and find two glass pearls inside... This is to stop restaurants from refilling the bottles. Seven times in China - every day there is something new to learn.
The lessons of this day were not over by the dinner. We were then taken to a 'Foot bath' where basically we were put into a room of massage chairs and CCTV on the wall, where Chinese ladies came in to wash our legs and give us massages for like two hours. I was listening in my Finnish companions complaining on the 'rough touches' of the Chinese women. I guess as I'm mostly massaged by uncle Timo, this was certainly nothing new for me, power vise. Never the less the experience was just want we needed after a full week of running around China. Absolutely wonderful end of a long day.