With the weather taking a turn for the better in Qingdao, Justin and I were excited to get some sand between our toes, and sun on our skin. I was working mornings for the month of August though, so we needed to wait until midday to see if the sun was out for good on any given day.
As I left work on this day, I was immediately struck by the wonderfully clear skies, and the lack of humidity. I swung my arms around, trying to “feel the air”. That tells you how familiar the humidity has become to us. The lack of it caused me to move my arms, wondering where it was. It was the strangest feeling. I quickly caught a cab home while calling Justin to prepare our beach stuff. I didn’t want to miss a second of this beautiful day sitting inside a building.
As you can see, the sand is yellow/ brown here. Sadly it is not very pretty, especially when compared to the beautiful white beaches of Southern Asia, South Africa, Australia, and other places we have traveled to. But it is a beach, and there is a pretty view of the mountains behind the beach, so that makes up for the sand a bit. We do love that superb mountain view!
To escape the busy crowds of people staring at us, we went for a nice long walk along the shore, looking for a quiet spot to settle. Fortunately the crowds thinned out as we walked away from the swimming-section of the beach. At this point we felt more like we were on a private beach as there were only a handful of people around. Mainly foreigners, also looking for an escape from the madness.
Fried rice, meat, and vegetables, topped with egg
We had packed some simple food and other refreshments, but we had minimal time to prepare so this wasn’t a fancy lunch. Just a snack to get us through the afternoon. Our meal was still hot and tasty when we opened it up to dig in. Hhmm! When our bellies were full, we lay down and opened our books. This was a very relaxing time for us. No crowds, no noise. Just us, our books, the sun, and the soft sand which, by the way, was less brown further down the beach. All the more reason to escape the crowds.
I took a walk alone to collect some pebbles. Justin kept soaking up the last few rays of sun and reading. As I walked to the water I noticed that there was, what looked like, a haze above the crowded portion of the beach. It certainly was hot walking between all those people, but wow, who knew that the heat could be visible?! Our private spot was MUCH better…
When the sun had almost completely dropped behind the city skyline, we took a stroll down the beach in the opposite direction from which we had came to see what we would find. The rocks were rough to walk on, and there were a number of little sea creature running around. Besides that, it was quite pretty here with the last rays of sun shining onto the rocky beachside. The fishing boats really complimented this portion of the shore.
Around the corner we found a very quiet beach that could possibly be a truly private beach. There were no people in sight, and there was a golf course that went right up to the beach sand. As you can see, the LoaShan (mountain) range stands behind this area, which is very close to where we live.
We stayed on the beach until the moon was up and the sky was almost completely dark. Even then there were still people swimming and playing in the sun. It was the perfect summer’s day, and all those out-and-about intended on making the most of it. Including us. We walked along the evening beachside stalls and took in the festivities. The atmosphere was wonderful, so we walked for a couple hours before we decided to head home.
Ironically this was our only beach day during the summer. Now that the sun is out, and the humidly has gone, we are back at school and settling into our new routine. Perhaps autumn will reward us with some more pleasant beach afternoons on the weekends.