On new Years Day, we went on a little family outing. It was absolutely freezing cold, so outdoor activities were out of the question. Instead we ventured towards Justin’s school to check out the new shopping mall that just open directly across the road from where he works. This couldn’t be a better location for him. During lunch, or even after school, he can stop for coffee, groceries, or various other items that we might need. Even better, it is not just a normal Chinese grocery store, but rather an “Aeon” (a nice chain of grocery stores in Qingdao). It is a little more expensive, but much higher quality than the ordinary Chinese grocery stores. The meat is fresh and properly stored, which is not the case everywhere else. It is not unusual to see raw meat sitting out on a table, even on a warm day. They stock foreign products, healthy food options, and many ingredients we would otherwise have to travel across town for. We still don’t know the Chinese name for the new mall, so we simply call it “The Aeon”. That name will probably stick for us since we’ve been using it so frequently lately. We have already spotted a number of other stores that we know we will visit, like Starbucks, UNIQLO, Baskin Robbins, a neat Japanese store with all kinds of useful goodies, and a clothing store with some great bargains.
|The Aeon entrance to the new mall|
Many of the stores are still in the setting up phase, but there’s enough to look at, so we took a stroll around the mall. Being New Years Day, there were tons of people out and about. Tons of very annoying people were reaching into Elijah’s stroller to touch his face. Others would get very close, and then cough!! This momma couldn’t handle it, and daddy was more than annoyed. We tried to push the stroller quickly by people, but that really defeats the point of a slow stroll around the mall. We are looking forward to when Elijah can use his own hand to push intruding hands away. After a couple of frustrating situations arose, we decided that we had seen enough for one day, and we would return another day (when more people were at work). Feeling rather peckish, we crossed the road and had Dak Galbi for lunch. If you don’t know what Dak Galbi is, you can read about it here – Date Night: Dak Galbi – in a previous post. Thankfully, it was already 3pm so the restaurant was completely empty and we got to enjoy our lunch in peace. We had never been to this restaurant during the day, and quiet enjoyed the change.
|Our Dak Galbi – read to eat!|
2015 is going to be an amazing year. We can tell already!!