China: Year 2, Week 5
This week was another relatively quiet one. Some of us in the Mosby-Esser House have been ill, so we have all been trying to rest and stay as healthy as we all can. Poor Zachary has tonsillitis!! Justin has been running with me, and I have been doing p90x workouts. Amazingly, after just one week of diligently taking care of my body, and avoiding sugar, flour, and white rice – I feel incredible! This week the school informed us that they have figured out a way to get my work visa processed. This really is FANTASTIC news, and we are so thankful. Once we receive more details about what the process will involve, we will let you know. It looks like I will still have to leave China to convert the visa, but hopefully not for too long.
Yunnan Cuisine ~ Shredded Beef and Grilled fish
On Sunday evening we met up with our good old buddy, Josh, who is from Canada. He lived on the school grounds with us in Dongying, and we basically saw him almost every single day for our first year in China. He still currently lives in Dongying, but he works at a university now. Josh was fortunate enough to have his parents visit him for a few days, and while they toured Qingdao we got the chance to meet them over dinner and a few beers. We had a great evening with these funny, down-to-earth people, and it was great to see Josh again after a year.
This where we ate ~ ‘Typical Yunnan Cuisine’
Fried mushroom and Onion in a pumpkin-type bowl
Scrambled egg and vegetables, beer, and fried rice.
Bread bowl filled with eggplant, and covered with cheese.
Qingdao’s Computer City
Justin’s computer screen has been giving him trouble for the last few months. We have assumed that we would need to buy a new one, but we can’t afford that right now (post-wedding and too many flights around the world) so we decided to take it in to be looked at. This area of Qingdao has tons of stores specialising in electronic goods. Zachary gave us a number for someone who could speak a decent amount of English, and we made our way there to see if he could help us out.
700 yuan later and Justin’s computer is in perfect working condition again! This is a big relief for poor Justin who has grown very frustrated with the lines that kept appearing across his screen. We are happy that we don’t need to buy a new computer!
This technology area is well developed.
Tree branches above the front door
Everyday we see these branches above our neighbours door, and we have been wondering what they are for. I recently learnt that they are to ward off evil spirits. The red stickers with Chinese writing on them are to welcome or wish happiness and good fortune for the family inside.
Out and about
Typical Chinese-looking work vehicle.
Trying to get a cab
We have come to realise that sometimes catching a cab in Qingdao, especially from outside our apartment, can take forever. Nowhere else in China have we seen this, so it feels strange to have to wait for up to 15 minutes. Perhaps we are just in an odd place and there is a busier pick up point nearby.
Local kids on their bicycles
Scooter decorated with stickers
Fried kimchi, courgette, and egg
I was overjoyed to find that the grocery store near our house sells containers of Kimchi for about 10 yuan ($1,60 or R15) so I have been eating it everyday. I add it to most dishes, or sometimes just eat it alone. We don’t live in South Korea anymore, but fortunately I can still enjoy my favourite Korean things on frequent basis. I look forward to preparing some Kimchi Bokkeumbap for Justin next week.
View from our bedroom
Justin and I have been
stalking watching these security guards for a few days. They have a barrier up so that cars cannot enter from the road, but they they simply lower it when any car approaches. We haven’t seen them stop a single person. It got us wondering – Why are they there? And why do they have the barrier up? Perhaps the Mosby’s know, but we haven’t figured it out yet. Anyway, as weird as it is, I like to watch them from my bedroom window. Creepy? I think this confirms that I need to get back to work asap!!!!
Justin often falls asleep with his macbook on his lap, and as you can see, he even has his hand on the keyboard. Very funny!! I will turn around for a few minutes, and when I look back he has dosed off. He has almost completely adjusted to our new set up, but we still sometimes stay up too late chatting or watching movies. It has been a good week for us here in China.
We joined the Qingdao Hash House Harriers – a running club – on a trip to Laoshan (Lao Mountain) this weekend, and we will get those photos out in a blog as soon as we can. The fresh air, hiking, running, and a fun night of socialising has left us tired today, but it’s a rainy day here so it’s prefect for resting. Although the weather was not fantastic, we had an amazing time hiking among the ripe cherry trees, and running through the villages.
Stories and pictures coming soon.
We hope that you all had a wonderful week!