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.
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!
Ro and Me at Tudali
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.
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...
The dusty road to school!