Birthplace of Confucius

Trip Start Jun 03, 2013
Trip End Aug 25, 2013

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Flag of China  , Shandong,
Friday, August 2, 2013

Ate lunch on the train and played Plants vs. Zombies on Ada's iPad. The two and a half hours went by pretty quickly.

Ada's Aunt and Uncle picked us up at the train station. We then drove into the town which is so different than Beijing. The buildings are all old and full of character. There is a drum tower and a bell tower. Although the street is humming with people and cars and mopeds and bicycles and even horse drawn carriages, it's much quieter than Beijing. I love it!

We checked into Queli Hotel which used to be a part of the Kong Family Mansion (the family of Confucius). The mansion compound is, therefore, just next door. It's a very nice hotel; apparently it is where VIPs stay when they come into town. I wonder if that will change when the new, shiny Shangri La Hotel opens in a couple of months? Anyway, I think someone in Ada's family owns or has some connection to the hotel, so they put us up there. So very nice of them!

We had dinner at a place that has these private bungalows in the orchard: Picked out what we wanted from the kitchen. I ate a cicada. We talked Ada into eating one. If the foreigner can do it, so can she! She didn't like it any more than I did. Whole little shrimp in a pancake. They had sharp little parts, and I didn't like their beady black eyeballs. They had green peppers stuffed with pork that were awesome. I also liked the battered lotus roots and the caramel covered white yams. So good! To drink, we had Chinese beer (very light like a pale ale) and tea.

Ada's cousin, Ada, and I then went walking around the town. We went down a busy street that has a lot of food carts. Some had lots of snails. There were other interesting foods too. Then we went to a beautiful park along a river. I was able to get a couple good pictures, but it was difficult with the low light. Towards the end, Ada pointed out a ginormous spider in a web, and I was back at the car in no time. I told her if she ever wants me to leave a place, just show me a spider. Uuughghgh.

Then her cousin treated us to a foot massage at the spa. It was very nice and relaxing. The girls got caught up, while I watched "The Voice, China" on the TV. There's always a TV in the spa rooms, which seems odd to me, but whatever. The Voice is the show we always watch.

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