Daxue Lu Explorations
As you can tell, lots of birthday blogging going on today. In celebration of my incredible husband’s 34th birthday, I set up three unique little outings. The first was a date night for just the two of us at a microbrewery, the second was an End of Summer BBQ with friends, and the final one for us as a family. Actually, this day didn’t turn out exactly as planned, but we loved the way that it worked out. We all “slept in” that morning – i.e. lay around in our Pjs and drank a ton of coffee. Once we had surfaced, we went to the old downtown area of Qingdao. Once again, Justin had no idea where we were going.
During my “birthday activity search” I had been informed that Daxue Lu was an amazing little street, filled with cute cafes and interesting little stores. There are a number of little gems like this in Qingdao, and most of them are in the older parts of the city. We live in Laoshan, and we love it because it is quite spacious, clean and modern. It is, however, really cool to come down to these traditional areas. There are tons of German buildings, culturally inspired Chinese sights, and a number of gorgeous tree-lined streets. While we walked around, I was reminded that we really should make a trip to old town when the leaves have all changed.
While He Naps
There was quite a bit of traffic on our way to old downtown. The weird part is that although it was a Saturday, this was actually a working day in China, so we had no idea why so many people were on the road. Maybe this is what all working days are like, but we never have to cross the city the way that we did.
Eli ended up falling asleep in the car, so when we got out the taxi, we put him directly into his stroller. We didn’t walk more than a few steps before finding a place where we wanted to sit down for some coffee. In fact, it was so peaceful sitting under the shade of the umbrellas, that we ended up sitting here for a couple of hours.
We settled at a nice cafe, with a pretty decent menu. Justin had some fries, but we decided we wouldn’t eat here. Mostly because I had decided to intermittent fast (a big part of my keto journey – which I REALLY need to blog about soon) until dinner-time. We had a couple of coffees and Justin had a nice cold beer. When Eli woke up he was pretty happy to see that we had ordered “chippies”.
Back on Daxue Lu
After a nice relaxing stay at Migao Cafe, we got back onto Daxue Lu for a bit of stroll. We found really interesting little stores and lots of coffee shops. All of them decorated, warm and welcoming!
My initial plan for the day was to take Justin to a little bar run by an expat microbrewer that we visited about two years ago. The problem was that the bar didn’t open until after 3pm. I assumed that we would stay in the area until dinner, so I had also hoped to take him to a little Taco restaurant that I heard had great Mexican dishes. In the end though, we decided to postpone those two ideas to another day and walk around instead.
We are currently in the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival. This whole week is a National Holiday here in China, and there are mooncakes E.V.E.R.Y.W.H.E.R.E. Grocery stores, 7Elevens and even Starbucks all have their spread of mooncakes for sale. We have received, and given, our own mooncakes –> Admittedly though, we gave away the same box that we were given. None of us really likes mooncakes, and “regifting” is the name of the game when it comes to Chinese festivals. hahaha!
A mooncake is a Chinese bakery product traditionally eaten during the Mid-Autumn Festival (中秋節). The festival is for lunar appreciation and moon watching, when mooncakes are regarded as an indispensable delicacy. Mooncakes are offered between friends or on family gatherings while celebrating the festival. The Mid-Autumn Festival is one of the four most important Chinese festivals. – Wikipedia
It was such a blessing to get to spend this day together, see a new area of Qingdao, and enjoy a third birthday celebration with my love. I wish that we were able to get out and explore something new every weekend, but life gets busy sometimes. Plus, we just really enjoy being at home. Funny enough, when we are out, we don’t feel like home-bodies at all!
Happy Birthday Justin! I love you.