Sloth in the Sun

Trip Start Aug 25, 2010
Trip End Jun 29, 2011

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Flag of China  , Shandong,
Sunday, April 3, 2011

On Sunday, we started with breakfast in our hostel then took a long walk along the coast and visited a local park.  Though not quite warm enough for real beach activities, the weather was warmer than it had been the day before and around lunch time, we found the only outdoor cafe along the beach, as far as we could tell, and sat on the sun deck for a couple of hours.  We had beers, peanuts, and potato chips.  There was no real food, unfortunately.  I was dying for a shrimp po-boy.
I was glad to see people out enjoying the nice weather.  Despite the slight chill, there were people lying on the beach, flying kites, and riding bikes.  We even saw a scuba diver in the shallow water near the rocks.

For dinner, we walked from our hostel to the German restaurant inside the old Governor's Mansion.  The food was amazing.  I had lentil soup followed by cheese sausage with mustard, mashed potatoes, and sauerkraut.  We had Paulaner beer and DAB.  I never liked beer much before coming to China, save for Abita Amber, but I've grown to like and appreciate it since it's often the only beverage available in Chinese restaurants beside Coke and orange juice.

At the restaurant, we were in a small room with only two other tables and at one of the tables, there was a family with a toddler girl about 18 months old.  She noticed us and we noticed her, and we spent the better part of our evening waving to her from our table and clapping when she took bites of her food.  When Tiffany and I momentarily stopped watching her, she turned to her mother and said (in Chinese, of course) "auntie clap!"  Needless to say, she won our hearts. 
When we arrived back to our hostel, we decided to have one more round of drinks in the lounge.  We found a large table with soft chairs.  A few minutes later, one of the staff came to tell us that there would be a power cut in the lounge, but that we were welcome to stay.  After a few minutes, the power indeed went out, and we watched the live band by candlelight.  

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