Last year it was busy busy busy for Justin and I. We were never able to just take Saturdays at our own pace. This year we have slowed things down – drastically – and weekends are now OURS. We love it! There is almost always something happening around Qingdao on a Saturday morning, and we love to freedom to go, not go, stay in bed, have brunch or even just hanging out in the playroom while Elijah plays. This weekend we decided to check out the Qingdao Amerasia International day. This international school is located just a short bus ride away from where we live, right at the eastern edge of Fushan mountain. QAIS holds an international day every year to celebrate the great diversity of our community through food, crafts, activities, and performances! This year, their student body represents 29 countries and territories. Parents and restaurants shared food from Italy, Japan, India, China, Korea, Germany, France, USA, Poland, Sweden, Romania, and Switzerland!
We walked from stall to stall, each representing a different country, looking at what they had to offer. There was food, coffee, cakes, souvenirs, and many games to take part in. Outside there was also a stage area with live music, dancing, and fun activities for the families to join. We watched musical performances from several student ensembles.
Elijah’s nap-time fell right in the middle of all the excitement, and we didn’t want him to skip his vital rest time (being a toddler is hard work) so we took his stroller along, and he was asleep before we even walked into the gates of the school. Oh dear, poor boy missed all of the excitement, and even slept through all of the shouting over the loud speakers… but mommy and daddy had a good time strolling around. We saw a number of familiar faces – I love how almost all of the expats in our city are linked in some way in Qingdao. If I don’t know someone, then Justin knows them from soccer/ men’s group/ work, and if he doesn’t know someone then I probably know them from ladies groups/ playgroups/ coffee meet ups.
Here is a look at our Saturday morning at the QAIS International Day…