On a Monday afternoon, we ventured downtown to have lunch at The Diner. This is another one of our favourite restaurants in Qingdao, they make really great burgers and salads. It is hard to try anything new here since we know the few things that we love. Justin did however, on this family date, decide to have the meatballs and rice. I went for one of my all-time favourites, the Pecan-Encrusted Chicken Salad or The Diner Salad (I can’t remember which one, and it doesn’t matter, they are both wonderful!
Eli’s latest thing is to put on of his feet onto the table while we eats, and he doesn’t care where we are eating. At home, or in a restaurant, he gets one foot onto the table and continues eating like nothing is wrong. We can do nothing but laugh. If we removed his foot, he puts it back again. Sometimes he tries to shove bits of food between his toes. We ahem no idea where this phase is going – but it sure is entertaining!
Daddy takes a bite of that sweet foot that made it up onto the table…
Yum yum… Elijah loves anything containing ground beef, so he loved Justin’s meatballs. Justin’s food was part of a lunch special, so he also got a slice of blueberry cheesecake as a dessert.
After lunch we went to “Book City”, which is a massive book store selling mainly Chinese (and a few English) books and textbooks, games, office supplies and more. We had bought a few textbooks but there weren’t any of the listening CDs inside them when we got home. We had the receipt and one copy of each of the books, but the information desk people were literally screaming at us in Chinese. Apparently we could have bought these books anywhere (the receipt said Book City), and they were angry with our ridiculous request. We explained that there should be a stamp on our receipt saying that we had collected our CDs, but since that stamp was lacking, we had OBVIOUSLY not picked up our CDs (since we were unaware of this, and the person checking us out did not inform us of this). The two women helping us were shouting at each other, and also at us. They were very confused and upset because we were not taking no for an answer, and what we were requesting was out of the realms of what they normally have to do. This often happens in China. It is hard for people to think out of the box. Even if we try to explain a logical solution, they simply can’t comprehend that things can be done different and still work out correctly.
We finally got our CDs and had to walk away laughing.
Life in China. Ever-challenging!