So, decision made. I'm staying. I've got to finish this. It is the race of my life after all.
In other news I had possibly one of the best nights of my life last night at The Lennon Bar. Fab Chinese food, rugby and an amazing live band. (Ride. Sally. Ride was a classic) and yes Team Totton there was even dancing on tables - I couldn't help myself! The halyard dance was a classic. Top night with all the crews.
WiFi here is a bit pants but have managed to Skype /WhatsApp home which has been lovely. Lots of shopping malls and high end outlets. This is a city on the move. Cars rather than mopeds like Danang and more organised. The skyscrapers are beautifully lit at night and the marina and large parts of the city were built specifically for the 2008 Olympics.
.....After a couple of days working on the boat I have a day off. I spent this morning visiting a primary school where the children were just delightful and we were treated like heros. It was like being a pop star with all the kids wanting our autographs. There were speeches as always and they kept saying how brave we are! They put on an amazing show of traditional music and Kung Fu which were then able to participate in. Bruce Lee eat your heart out! Another memorable day.
Last night was prize giving and although we weren't on the podium this time it was good fun. There was dancing on stage to the boat song and the most fantastic spread of Chinese food I've ever seen. All in a luxury hotel where there was someone to meet your every need - well almost! There was even a man who brought me tea while I was on the phone! The evening ended fairly early and I made my way back to the apartment, made full use of the shower and had an early night. Sweet dreams.
Day off tomorrow with another cultural visit to see traditional Chinese life. Qingdao is so modern and so Chinese. Vietnam had the feel of going back on time with local customs and dress much in evidence. Qingdao is definitely in the present.