Not just a running event!
01.04.2009 - 06.04.2009 24 °C
It is Monday morning the sun is shining, it is 24 outside and most importantly I’m off work today it is a national holiday!
What a week! The social expectations in Beijing are higher then any expectations that I have (and I’ve been told that in general I have extremely high expectations!). Anyway I had dinner with my colleagues on Tuesday (it was my one month anniversary in Beijing!) That was super yummy; the smoked deep fried duck is amazing! Wednesday was spicy Sichuan with friends then drinks… and then a repeat but with Taiwanese food and drinks and going out on gay night!
So this exhausted girl with only a few hours of sleep strung together last week headed to Qingdao.
My friend Marc (Dutch guy I met here) and I met at the train station and were whisked off to Qingdao at around 240 k / hr! Since we had both had a pretty punishing last few days we thought that we would just take it easy and sleep on the train as it is a 5.5 hour journey. Needless to say that didn’t last very long and we popped our bottle of bubbly (compliments of Moi) and indulged in some tasty snacks. We had a fun filled journey hanging out at the “bar” and mingling with the staff.
We arrived late to a very cold room, and my bed was incredibly hard – pretty much a piece of wood with a blanket on it. We headed out for a drink but were both exhausted so called it a night pretty quickly. Needless to say I had a horrible night of sleep and bruised back and hip from my bed. We agreed to check out and stay some where more comfortable. For as much as I like hostels, after freezing for weeks earlier this year in India/Nepal I think I’m ready for some more pampering
Saturday we walked around the entire day enjoying the city but it was quite cold and not the weather we expected. We went to this revolving restaurant on the 25th floor of this hotel for a drink in the afternoon and I can imagine when it is not foggy that the view is amazing. We decided to stay in the Vogue Hotel California (and yes they did play the song) and checked in there before dinner.
(these are pics from Marc I need to upload mine still)
We were told that the New York bar was good but you had to get there early… we followed the instructions and arrive early to find the place empty. However the band showed up and started there sound check (and they sounded really good) so we decided to stay – the good news was they had an amazing burger on the menu so dinner was not a complete spoil. We had a delicious meal listen and danced (oh how we danced) to some great music and managed to be home around midnight. Not bad for a days work if you ask me.
Having slept exponentially better Saturday night I woke up ready to conquer our day – oh and to return a day early. Between the weather and nice offers in Beijing we decided to come back a day early, Qingdao is really a warm weather place. Yesterday morning we went to the Brewery and thankfully could take a self guided tour that was our sleep and still lots of fun. Then we sat on the beach and enjoyed watching all of the Chinese tourist/residents alike having fun on the first sunny weekend of the year.
We took the mid-day train back relaxed slept a bit and then finally arrived to the most massive taxi que I have ever seen. There were several hundreds of people in line but in almost no time we made it through the line and were speeding into the Beijing night. Marc and I parted ways both off for drinks with respective friends and another fun night was had in Beijing.
Today I’m going to lunch with a girlfriend and going to relax and soak up some sunshine. It is nice to have a day just to relax and recharge after my marathon week.