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We went to a restaurant recommended by Jasmine, my mentor teacher, which looked like the Globe Theatre in London. Really nice decor and great food to boot! My pen pal from Hangzhou also came at this time and we celebrated a double birthday (cringe...). It's my favourite restaurant in Qingdao and I've since been there 3 times.
Qingdao has weird locational placement of its retail and services. I guess it's seen across China but Qingdao especially has what geographers call 'horizonal/functional zoning' (and who said a geography degree was useless!) :P Anyhow, part of my 'settling in' into Qingdao was finding Coffee Street, a whole street filled with independent coffee shops all selling an assortment of cakes. YUM.
With an extensive English section!! With geography books no less!! This made me nostalgic for uni life. I even thought about starting a voluntary academic research project. Hindsight's a wonderfully strange thing is it no?
This is clearly why China wins so many gold medals...and these are just the TEACHERS who clearly look like they could deal out some mean punishment to unruly kids. Harsh. I had to participate in the English department's relay team and they had their best ever result! Then again, that's not saying that much...they usually come last but this time we came 6th. I'm not going to name any names regarding causal factors....
The weeks and months after coming back from October week were when I really explored and settled into Qingdao. I even came across this delightful shopping mall complete with its own shifting sky. However, like most malls in China, it seemed almost always empty. Rise of the middle class eh? Not quite yet.