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The dusty streets of Jimo - this was the road to school: the guy with the rainbow coloured umbrella was a bicycle repair man - much needed! We all got punctures pretty frequently!

Why eating, drinking and singing karaoke in Jimo of course! That and a few trips into Qingdao for shopping, sun bathing and visiting the aquarium, as well as staying in VERY dodgy hostels and going sailing and eating pizzas made in frying pans...

When we weren't working, we'd be partying! We usually had dinner out a couple of times a week - usually in a place we called the Pink Chair Restaurant, mainly because it had pink plastic chairs - it was a pavement restaurant, one of about 4 in a row on what we called Bar Street! That was also where the infamous karaoke bar we went to was. But all was not what it seemed! It was in fact a karaoke brothel!! Two of our group were mandarin speakers and it as Wen-Shen who said we had to make sure not to ask for anything other than drinks.

Ro and Me at Tudali
He had to make it very clear to the owner we didn't want any 'company'! But it was a great wee place and we went about five times - they brought us melon slices with the beer and we were usually there 'til closing time 0130! Problem was we were usually working the next day!

Trips into Qingdao were always pretty good fun too - we had to get the public bus and people would stand up and offer us their seats - think they thought we were someone important! We usually ate at either the Yacht Club or La Villa, an anglo-francais place where the wine was extortionate if you drank imported, and dirt cheap if you drank the local plonk! Afterwards we usually stumbled along to Lennon's Bar, where our favourite trick was to send some of the boys to flirt with young Russian girls on school trips! I know it's cruel but it was SO funny! The dance floor was bouncy, which made for an interesting experience - trying to dance while a tad tipsy on a spring floor! They also had a snooker table which was great for tournaments and the beer challenge - a bottle of beer at each pocket, when you pot a ball you've to swig!

What else did we do - spent quite a lot of time in Tudali, at the Pink Chair Restaurant, we played Amoeba lots (can't remember the rules properly, something to do with the evolution chain), we drank beer and ate ice creams in Mohe Park and occasionally spent time with our home stay families and doing prep for class!

The other notable thing - we were all out for dinner one night, the guys who were based in Qingdao come up for the weekend and we all hit the town.

The dusty road to school!
We were having a great dinner until a goat was led out from between our restaurant and the adjacent one. It was the tied up onto a lamp post and uncerimoniously slaughered in the street! Some people got pretty upset about it, but apparently a local man will have bought it to be slaughtered to impress his friends, then it'd be chopped up and cooked and served. So weird...

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The dusty streets of Jimo - this w…
The dusty streets of Jimo - this …
Ro and Me at Tudali
Ro and Me at Tudali
The dusty road to school!
The dusty road to school!
Owen, El, Henry (and Ro riding bac…
Owen, El, Henry (and Ro riding ba…
Heading for school on a cloudy day…
Heading for school on a cloudy da…
Playing Amoeba at the Pink Chair R…
Playing Amoeba at the Pink Chair …
Mark and Wen play Amoeba
Mark and Wen play Amoeba
Mark, Me, Wen, andy and Kirsty, ou…
Mark, Me, Wen, andy and Kirsty, o…
Andy was our local helper, such a …
Andy was our local helper, such a…
Farhad, Wen and El at the restaura…
Farhad, Wen and El at the restaur…
Nick and Roisin
Nick and Roisin
Angus the Kiwi and Ying
Angus the Kiwi and Ying
You get the feeling Angus (whos h…
You get the feeling Angus (who's …
A double duet!
A double duet!
Ying, Angys, Mark and Ro
Ying, Angys, Mark and Ro
Ro and Nick in the aftermath of a …
Ro and Nick in the aftermath of a…
Enjoying a post-class beer in the …
Enjoying a post-class beer in the…
Sunset at Mohe Park
Sunset at Mohe Park
This much water flooded in about a…
This much water flooded in about …
Mohe Park again
Mohe Park again
It actually did look blurry - but …
It actually did look blurry - but…
Celebrating Paulas (second from l…
Celebrating Paula's (second from …
WuShi monumnet - Tiananmen Square…
WuShi monumnet - Tian'anmen Squar…
Caviar - edible on opening?!
Caviar - edible on opening?!
So Long, Farewell!
So Long, Farewell!
Phil and Michael, our other boss, …
Phil and Michael, our other boss,…
Kirty Boss and Raewyn
Kirty Boss and Raewyn
Sophie, Laura, Paula and Manissa
Sophie, Laura, Paula and Manissa
Andy a tad worse for wear!
Andy a tad worse for wear!
Changmins hubby poaching panda ci…
Changmin's hubby poaching panda c…
Ro and Henry
Ro and Henry
Changmin - everyones boss
Changmin - everyone's boss
Purty carrot birdy!
Purty carrot birdy!
Phil does a great Joe Cocker imper…
Phil does a great Joe Cocker impe…
Elizabet Cogar - one of the best p…
Elizabet Cogar - one of the best …
Overseeing proceedings...
Overseeing proceedings...
Phil, Michael and Kirsty
Phil, Michael and Kirsty
Last Night at Karaoke
Last Night at Karaoke
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