QAIS Family Fun Run 2017
On May 20th, we met with fellow expats and Qingdao locals for a 5km fun run along the coastline. This annual QAIS event, held at the Hyatt Regency from 10am – 1pm, was open to everyone who wanted to join. QAIS [“Qingdao Ameriasia International School”] is one of the international schools here in Qingdao. Unfortunately, Justin was still in the States on this particular weekend, but Eli and I should still joined in on the fun. We did this run fun as a family last year – check out that post HERE – so I really missed Justin on this day!
After a few days of very sunny skies, we woke up to overcast weather. Although blue skies would have been amazing, I am sure that we all would have been much a lot more sunburnt if the sun was out. With so many families participating, there wasn’t much sense of urgency. Those who wanted to run RAN, others did the course on a bike or scooter, and many, like us, just walked. And trust me, we were in no hurry! We took a very leisurely stroll along the coast, and then turned around and headed back to the hotel for some relaxation. On the lawn of the Hyatt, we enjoyed live music, delicious food, sporting events, kite making, and trampoline fun.
All in Blue
Guests were asked to pre-register and request a t-shirt size. On the day of the fun run, we were all given a free t-shirt to participate in. Although it doesn’t sound like much, there is something fun about all wearing the same color and walking along the coastline. Above, some of our friends who were at the fun run this year.
Below, Last year we all wore orange shirts.
After the fun run, Eli drew on a kite, and then we took it to a flat grassy area above the beach to fly it. He absolutely loves kites – but I don’t think he quite understands that HE can fly them himself. He just ran around, with a huge smile on his face, shouting, “kite kite kite”, looking up at all the kites.
Above, Nana had never flown a kite before, so she flew Eli’s kite.
You might recognize this little dog from a recent shoot – Lucia’s Spring Shoot. Lucia and her dog, Coco, joined a group of us on the grass, eating, drinking, and relaxing. Eli is in a stage of really enjoying dogs – he seems fascinated by them. Joshua was absolutely captivated by Coco. After plucking up the courage to get close to her, he began to feed her tons and tons of snacks and chips.
A friend of mine, Serene, had spent the previous night at our place, so we walked home together. We only live about a 20-30 minute walk from the Hyatt, so it is quite a convenient location for us. No taxis or buses required. Along the way we stopped to eat Korean food, and chat for a couple more hours before coming home.
As you can see, Eli is NO STRANGER to Korean food…
Hopefully next year we will be able to do this walk as a family again. Justin was missed at this annual family event! I spent the rest of the evening diving into a craft project to keep my mind off missing him.