He's going to be gone in Harbin next week to give a presentation, so I'm going to help babysit his reactors and feed them substrate every day. It's pretty exciting, though a little weird at first. I think it's always hard to come into a new place to do work, because you have no idea what to do.
I had dinner with my language partner on Sunday (he cooked Chinese food, and next time I'll make western food) and talked for about 3 hours in mostly Chinese. Someone who lived down the hall came to chat, and I had an entire conversation in Chinese. Also, my language partner has a classmate from University who's doing her Ph.D. at the U of M Civil Engineering Dept. I wonder if I've seen her.