the train leaves on time, yet nobody in the seat next to us, we try to sleep huddled as long as possible, before the train gets crowded. At 6am we have to put seated, the train is packed now, but we had been lucky enough. The journey is long and tiring, we eat the noodles and look out the window, we read a little and stare at the preposterous junk the train crew is trying to sell to passengers. At one point, a monk gets in, with a giant backpack, sits and begins to make bracelets with rubber threads. Do you remember them? They were fashionable a decade ago. The Chinese ladies on the train rave, they see it as a wonderful thing, surrounding the monk that seems to be happy. It's also quite talkative apparently because he talks non-stop for an hour spun.
We pass these five days walking around the city, talking a lot with Jana, finally cooking something more elaborate than instant noodles. From the Jana's window, who lives on the twentieth floor, the fog of pollution is bloody thick. One morning we not even see the opposite building and we do not feel too well. It's an overwhelming feeling. There's an app for phones that says every day the pollution rate of the city, a bit like the weather report. The figures are terrible but in truth probably even worse since the app is controlled by the government. But if everyone in the world wants cheap stuff somebody must produce it somewhere. The next day the sky's a bit better, not blue for more than half an hour, but you can tell where the horizon begins. The waterfront of the city is cute and nice, this also had to be a beautiful city once. From 1897 to 1919 he was colony of the German Empire and there are in fact several buildings and churches in european style. And then the famous beer (Tsing Tao, which is pronounced Qingdao), the most drank in China and in all the Chinese restaurants in the world. We also visit the nice narrow streets of the city center market, when for the first time we see insects sold as food, although this stand looks more the kind of a tourist attraction, the local Chinese are horrified like us.