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The Scots plus an Honorary! That's Mandy in the middle and Christine on the right

One of our pre-teaching activiteis was to teach the kids something of our own culture, so Christine - the other girl from Glasgow who was there - and I had arranged before we left we'd teach the Dashing White Sergeant, a traditional ceilidh dance. We hadn't reckoned on the fact the girls and boys don't want to hold hands with each other and this dance calls for a set of six, with two girls and a boy on one side, and two boys and a girl on the other. It's not the most complicated of ceilidh dances, but still only two of 10 groups managed one round all the way thourgh!

Needless to say Christne and I were exhausted by the end of it, as we were leaping about and showing they what to do! We were also joined by Mandy from New Zealand who apparently has Scottish blood and knew the dance, which made things easier.

This was the night we discovered Tudali, which seems to be a chain of bars in Shandong. We saw a couple in Qingdao too, and we think the owners were Korean, but weren't sure. Anyway, it became our post school watering hole, and on occassions lunchtime drinking spot too - but only when we were all fed up with the heat and the smell of the school!

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