I mentioned our trip to Qing Dao but today I downloaded pictures and thought I would tell a little about the International Horticulture Expo that we went to.
First I have to mention another restaurant that we went to. We are always looking for good western style food so our friends took us to a bar-b-que place. When I saw the name I thought it was a beer joint but it is Karona with a K not a C and it was a very good place. Hanson is eating the giant sized hamburger that he said was "delicious". That is the word they say for all food they like. I had a pulled pork sandwich which was also "delicious". We are in hog heaven when we find these places.
Saturday we spent the day in the rain at the Horticulture Expo. There were exhibits from many countries but the one I think was best was Thailand. Their building was beautiful and really gave you the feel of their country.
We are always taking pictures of children. They love to pose and are always so cute.
Wayne thought this was really interesting. It is a solar powered water station. The Chinese only drink hot water so this filtered the water and heated it.
Our weekend was really fun and especially because we were with fellow BYU teachers. They treated us royally while we visited their city. We were able to meet for church on Sunday with them and it was such a treat to be with so many other members (even though the total there only equalled 34) and sit in a meeting where the speakers were actually with you (not speaking over Skype). We left right after church and took the high speed train back to Jinan.
I will throw in just a few other pictures that show happenings in the last two weeks.
Most of the concerts we have been to have been filled with the aroma of fresh flowers. At the end of the concert, kids will rush to the performers to present them with these bouquets.
This is the group of ladies at church. Kathy Gou, Zina Cox, Lulu Pilson, Nancy Pace, Pam Carter, Wendy Purnell and me peeking from the back.
Lulu had worn some bead work from her native South Africa and that was what started all the picture taking. She always looks so cute when she comes but this was so ethnic we had to snap her.
After stuffing ourselves at our usual Sunday potluck, we had another potluck to attend for the Foreign Teachers. All of the BYU teachers brought desserts and we only ate some jello and the desserts. One of the other Foreign teachers had brought a cake from the bakery that was really special.
There were only a few pieces taken out of it and so she let me bring it home to serve to 7 Chinese students who are coming to dinner tonight. I am serving them all American foods. I will blog about that another time.