When I woke up, I had some trouble with diarrhea. I didn’t feel too bad and no throwing up. So it wasn’t food poisoning at least. I guess it happened because of the unusual food in the last days. I took some pills against it and it got better quickly. But I had to take it easy today.
I stayed in my room while the girls went for breakfast. Meng brought me some light food when they came back. After a while, I was ready to go again. These Imodium tables work wonders. It was lunch time and we went to a restaurant nearby. We got rise porridge, fried mushrooms and sweet pumpkin fries, covered in duck egg yolk. A good and light lunch, perfect for my situation. Then we walked to the seaside. Qingdao was a much more quiet city than Beijing and finally we got blue skies.
There are about 10 million people living here but it didn’t really feel like it. There were not many people at the tidy seaside, which was well worth seeing.
The Olympic sailing competitions were held here in 2008. The monument of the Olympic torch is a reminder for the events.
There was a big screen at the marina, showing a replay of the match Germany-France from the European football championship. I knew the unfortunate result already; better to move on quickly.
The three of us at the beach:
It was getting very warm and we decided to check the shopping mall (it was Sunday but in China, stores are always open). I needed some more t-shirts anyway.
In the end, we spent about three hours in the mall. I got enough shirts and an pair of shorts, which will be good to have for the warm days to come.
There was a big grocery store in the basement. It was interesting to see what was on offer in this country. I learned that wine is more close to Norwegian prices here (10 euro and up). Beer and spirits were cheaper, comparable with German prices. We bought some duck eggs, which were marinated in salty water for a month and then boiled. Pretty good stuff; funny to eat boiled eggs which are already salted.
The girls decided spontaneously to have dinner in the store. There you could choose your own ingredients for a soup (vegetables, mushrooms, noodles, fish and meat balls), give it all to a cook and he would boil it for you and spice it. So we all got our custom soups.
Maybe it doesn’t look so nice on the picture but was pretty good and very hot. This dinner cost about 1.5 euro per person. The pineapple for desert was super sweet. One of the best I tried so far.
Then we were sitting outside for a while, with a view over the marina. The Olympic monuments looked pretty in the night.
Khan bought a big piece of durian fruit. I tried a tiny piece of the fresh fruit this time and still couldn’t bear it. It was sweet first but when I was breathing out through the nose the rotten onion taste was just too much. I guess durian is the surströmming of the fruits. I also tried a Chinese white beer, which was different from the German versions but still good.
Suddenly the girls told me that they had booked a massage for us. Great idea! So we started walking to the massage place and got a 90 minute massage (this cost about 13 euro here). This was a good experience. Head massage, legs, arms, back and an extensive foot treatment. They told me (translated by Meng) that I had trouble with my digestive system and didn’t sleep well, based on my feet apparently. That was pretty interesting after what happened this morning. Fascinating what you can read from somebody’s feet. Chinese massage is less painful than the Thai version and we all felt relaxed afterwards. It was 23:30 when we arrived back at the hotel. Time to sleep!