I think all of us were completely floored today by the hospitality of the people here. We have volunteer Chinese partners, which is where we get to learn about China and our Chinese partners get to learn about America. We speak both Chinese and English, and we both get lots of practice and screw up all the time! Learning to work up the confidence to speak is definitely a lot of not worrying about messing up. But anyways, some of our Chinese partners really wanted to show us around, so planned out an entire day for us. At the end of the day, however, one of the girl’s fathers invited a bunch of his friends and treated us to a dinner. All of them were very generous and were quite intent on making sure to explain Chinese customs around the dinner table. Although the conversation itself was pretty relaxed, I was still pretty conscious of just how difficult it can be pick up on these different traditions, even when they are being explained to you! But we all felt like we were completely welcomed, even though we did mess up a bit here and there with meal etiquette. Even though it wasn’t perfect, it seems like it’s better to make an effort than not try anything for fear of messing up.