Am I still in China?
Our second trip outside of Zibo was to Qindao, a coastal city that was previously under German occupation.
It took us about four hours by bus to get there, but once we were finally there the long journey seemed worth it when we witnessed the beauty of the sea side city.
The city was bright and the architecture was much more European than anything else I have seen in China; the red brick roofs and narrow streets reminded me of photographs of Italy.
The air was cooler and cleaner by the sea as we walked the coastline and took pictures.
Our hotel room had two floors; I called dibbs on the loft as soon as I saw it. It was the first time that I got to sleep in a bedroom all by myself since I had been in China and when I woke up I didn’t even realize where I was.
On our second day in Qindao we visited an Aquarium and the Tsingtao brewery. After a full day of walking around a few of us split up from the rest of the group to take a look around Qindao and to visit Pizza Hut.
I was shocked when I entered the building and the hostess told us that we would have to wait for a table because the restaurant was so full.
As we sat in the lobby we took a look at the menu, which had items on it that I had never seen on any Pizza Hut menu in the States. When we were finally seated, we were all so surprised at the difference between one food chain in two countries.
In China, well at least in Qindao, Pizza Hut was fancy, jazz music played as we sat underneath amber lit chandeliers.
As tempting as the steak looked on the menu, we all ordered Pizzas; maybe it was just because we missed Pizza so much but they tasted even better than in the states.
We managed to make it back in time to see the rest of our group eating fresh seafood, including starfish, and for a moment I regretted getting Pizza Hut in Qindao when I could have had such an exotic dish.
As I dozed in and out of sleep on the bus ride back to Zibo, I wished I could have spent more time in Qindao; it must be the most beautiful city in Shandong.
— Deanna Barnes, junior art history major