May 11, 2008 and it was Mother’s Day. My whole trip to China was centered around this one date to be with my son.
It was everything and more I had hoped for.
Sam and I started the day by borrowing a friend’s dog. We walked up a hilly street and onto a path that led further up the hill. It is here where the local people grow and tend their own vegetable gardens. They are sectioned off, and various paths lead to different locations. Up in these hills are also flat surface areas. Starting around 5 AM Tai Chi is practiced here. I couldn’t get up quite that early, but did my own tai chi version later that day.
- Sam and the borrowed dog
Me and my Tai Chi again
We played with the dog, walked around, and eventually returned the dog to his owner.
The dog is returned
Sam and I took a bus to the “tourist” downtown section of Qingdao. The bus fare was equivalent to 10 cents.
The bus ride
The waterfront in Qingdao is magnificent. Here the Olympic torch is viewed. It is a symbolic reminder. Countries may compete against each other, yet we all still live in the same world. The upcoming sailing event for the 2008 Olympics would be held in Qingdao.
The pier in Qingdao
Sam knew my weakness. He arranged a stopover at Selene’s, a very high-end top-notch chocolate bar. It was exquisite!
The great chocolate bar
The Olympic Torch
Mother’s Day in Qingdao was perfect. I had everything I needed near and dear to my heart. The greatest gift I received though, came the next day. A magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck China. No one in the USA really knew where I was. They only knew I was somewhere in China. Mother and child together, we were safe.