Trip to Qingdao
We started the month with a trip to the beautiful Qingdao. We visited the Zhanshan Temple, May Fourth Square, Zhongshan Park, Bathing Beach, Qingdao Aquarium, and the Taidong Pedestrian Street night market. I also met up with one of my students (cute little Ruby) and her family as they happened to be in Qingdao that weekend too. We went to a cafe* for lunch and we had the nicest mashed potatoes I have ever tasted, I will be going back to Qingdao again just for those! We walked along the beach and had such a relaxing weekend, our only disappointment was when we found a Harry Potter-themed cafe and it was closed. ☹️
When we got back to Jinan we took a trip to Thousand Buddha Mountain, Furong Street, and explored the city. We were thankful that we did because a week later we got SNOW!! On Valentines Day I woke up and looked outside to see a blanket of snow and was so happy, we don’t get snow like this in Belfast! The excitement lasted a whole 2 minutes before I realized I need to drive my E-bike to school -_- It was too late to try and get a taxi so I just took my E-bike and I made it all the way to the first bus stop outside my building before I went on my backside…..the funny part was that I wasn’t even driving when it happened! I had stopped the bike to let people get on the bus and when I tried to take off again the back wheel slide from underneath me. So there I was, lying on the ground trapped under my E-bike when another E-bike almost ran over me. My backpack was stuck under the other bike’s front wheel guard, so when I tried to get up I slid straight back down on my back. The guy starts shouting to me in Chinese ( I am guessing he is saying get up ) and I am looking at him shouting move your bike back! (which surprisingly he understood and moved back) At this point,3 Chinese men had come to the rescue and lifted me and the bike back up onto the pavement. Of course, this had to happen right in front of a bus stop full of people, just my luck! Thankfully that was the only incident on the way to school and I got there in one piece. The rest of the day was a lot of fun, we took the children outside and had a snowball fight.
A few teachers decided to do a photoshoot as we found a photography studio that had an offer on and we thought “why not?” It turned into being a 6-hour event with a Chinese photographer shouting “so beautifulllllll” every other picture. We had a lot of fun trying on the traditional Chinese outfits but we were exhausted by the end of the day and realized none of us had a future career in modeling….except maybe Wanita.