Annual Grand Walk│2016. This year the students of Grand High School walked from ZhanQiao Pier all the way to Marina City. Justin was excited that Elijah and I were able to join the students again for this yearly school big walk. We also took part last year, and our friends, Trent and Angie, even walked with us for a portion of the way too. We met the students at the starting point, which is on the other side of town, bright and early. At around 8:10am we started our walk towards downtown, following the Qingdao coastal boardwalk. This amazing boardwalk is about 43km long – absolutely perfect for a marathon (which Qingdao doesn’t have, I have no idea why!).
You can check out the pictures from the 2015 Annual Grand Walk here. As you can see, we were blessed with good weather last year, but this year was EVEN BETTER! The skies were blue and the pollution was not too high (our perception has changed – oh well, we take what we can get!). I won’t give a full running commentary on each area and place that we walked by, because honestly, there was no time to stop and smell the flowers. When one of us stopped to take a picture, we would have to run – dodging crowds of high schools – to get back to our place. Each teacher was assigned a class to walk with, and our little family was with one of the grade 10 classes. We had a fantastic time, and we are so grateful for these school events where we get to sneak in extra time together as a family. Here are some of the pictures from the Annual Grand Walk│2016…
We will still be in Qingdao next May, and that will be our third big walk with the Grand High Schools students. I’m sure that Elijah will still be in his stroller, but each year he is able to get out and run/ walk for longer distances. Hopefully next year there will be four of us… or at least a “baby on board”.
We said goodbye to everyone at Marina City, and the three of us walked to Taigu Square for some brunch at The Canvas. It was there that we realized that we were absolutely shattered. Four hours of brisk walking in the sun will do that to you!