Hello again from Qingdao!
I've spent today immersing myself in Chinese culture. Firstly a visit to a local community centre with displays of dance, calligraphy and martial arts. It's been a beautiful day. Cold and crisp but sunny. This afternoon we went to the old town, ate delicious soup in a Chinese greasy spoon, found a beautiful bay by the sea, ate spicy fried squid on a stick, visited a space needle viewing platform (very high!), got stranded, negotiatated a car ride home, went shopping for spare hats, gloves and a shower curtain (to stop my bunk getting wet) -successful on all counts!
Now back in my apartment with a cup of tea, random Chinese food and Good Will Hunting on the TV.
Back on the boat tomorrow.