Shanghai – Day 2
The hospitality of the Qingdao folks was felt both after then show and this morning, so it was a late morning wake up for the Redbucks. Breakfast on the Observatory’s rooftop, set everyone straight and we decided to tackle the streets of Qingdao.
We set off with Qingdao’s the endless stacks of Qingdao beer kegs in mind. Beer is cheaper than water in this city and we think more readily available. It wasn’t long before we found a woman with a keg and a scale (beer is sold by the half-kilo here). Before we knew it Bonedaddy and Yeehaw had bitten the corners off a bag and were no different from Nine Pound, Two Sheds Jackson’s 7-week-old newborn.
With our beer-bags in tow, the Bucks went for a stroll along Qingdao’s crowded beaches. Breathing in the sea breeze was a nice change from Beijing’s stale summer air. Yeehaw found a street stall selling crabs, mussels and other briny morsels and a hole-in-the-wall restaurant prepared everything. For fear of registering on the hive count, Uncle Luke among others decided to opt out of local seafood.
At the table, Sweetgrass was coerced into a drinking contest with a Chinese man…and lost. Something worth mentioning is the taste of Qingdao’s unfiltered beer that is light years ahead of it’s clear, green-bottle counter part. Perhaps it gives the locals an unfair advantage. In true Redbuck style, Two Sheds and Amy mounted quarter-cent plastic horses, but were bucked off when they found out they cost 10 kuai a ride.
Then it was off to the airport and hours spent finding a hotel on unreliable public wifi. The World Expo has made this task quite difficult. It was a race against time, however, Spice’s skills came out on top and before we knew it, we were driving above the bright lights of the World Expo by a jolly Shanghainese man.
The evening ended with A little World Cup, followed by several things not fit for print. The Redbucks are in Shanghai and we are ready for another face melting show at Mao Live tonight. We hope to see you there!