*Note: please excuse typos. This post was typed and uploaded from my smartphone. It's a live post uploaded directly from the Macau ferry! You are all here with me!
Before boarding the ferry back to Shenzhen this afternoon, we squeezed in a bit more adventuring. We began with a tour of University of Macau. The campus is absolutely stunning! Professor Jin is the Dean of Arts & Humanities at University of Macau and Professor Xu is also a professor in the same faculty. They showed me their teaching building, the magnificent library, and the dormitory buildings. Made me want to get a third Masters so I can study there! Don't worry, I'm heading back to America soon. It was just a fleeting thought.
As senior faculty at the university, Professor Jin and Xu get awesome on-campus housing with a fantastic view of the glistening city across the river and plenty of space (I got my own guest room!) We decided I am going to stay over there in the fall for a few days during the school week and work on my thesis at the University of Macau library. It's a great place to focus without distractions - we already picked out my study corner (nerd alert). One perk of living in Macau as opposed to the Mainland - you can actually access Google and Facebook!
Macau is primarily known for its extravagant casinos, it is absolutely worth a visit even if you aren't into the gambling scene. I was surprised by the city's diversity - tranquil hiking trails, quaint old fishing villages, historic museums and ruins, a popular black sand beach, beautiful temples, cobble stone walking streets lined with traditional Portuguese architecture, superb cuisine of all kinds - Macau is really a unique place with a very peaceful and relaxed atmosphere. Well, it might be a different story if you're busy gambling away your life savings at the Venetian, but my visit was full of zen vibes. No slot machines for me this time - it's hard to gamble when you're a student already in debt, eek.