We just celebrated the Qingming Festival here in China, or "Tomb sweeping day" as it's also called.
"During Qingming, Chinese families visit the tombs of their ancestors to clean the grave sites, pray to their ancestors, and make ritual offerings. Offerings would typically include traditional food dishes. The Qingming Festival has been observed by the Chinese for over 2500 years. " In the office, we celebrated this holiday the day before trying out one of the traditional dishes, which is a kind of green dumpling made on rice dough and often filled with sweet red bean paste.
I took the chance to change my days during this holiday so I had a long weekend, and was free from Friday - Sunday. So, here is how I spent those days!!
Friday began with me and Filip going to meet Igor for some breakfast / lunch. Filip had encountered the owners of Papito one week earlier, which makes Croatian pancakes either filled with fruit and nutella or food. SO incredibly good. We got one each of the food filled ones, plus we shared one with banana and nutella. Guess if I was full after that. ha ha.
After this Filip and I went to some apartment viewings. Since we first moved to Shanghai, we have been living with Filip's father and his family (which we are incredibly grateful for) but now we feel it's time to find our own place.
This was a condo we really liked, with both a loft and a terrace.. but the hunt continues!
I also went past the hairdresser after all the apartment viewings. My hair is easily washed out, but from the water here in China, it's really turning yellowish incredibly fast. I was even there recently, but I had to drop by again and throw in a toning. Now it’s going to be silver shampoo at every shower plus silver treatment once a week to try and keep a fresher shade.
After the hairdresser, I went home and spent the rest of the night in bed with movies and dinner. Filip was out on adventure with friends so I had a clam evening by myself at home ;)
Saturday started with two more apartment viewings together with my colleague and friend S. Afterwards we took a lunch and sat and talked for a while. When it was time to leave, I walked past my favorite place and took a 90-minute massage. It was AMAZING!
When I got home, I was waiting for Filip, who had been working at a career fair all day. And he brought this bag home! FIKA Sweden is a company here in Shanghai owned by an incredibly nice girl, and we often order Swedish sweets from her. It was also from her that Filip ordered the princess cake for my birthday :)
After Filip had his well-deserved powernap, we headed for The Bund and W hotel for a dinner date. The view is amazing there, but unfortunately I think the food is a bit too expensive (The Kitchen Table is the name of the restaurant). They have good food, but you can find cheaper and better options in Shanghai.
We took a non-alcoholic drink, and this was Filip's. But I thought this tasted like resorb (the drink for when you are dehydrated.). ha ha.
We took Pavlova with fresh fruit for dessert which was probably the best thing during the whole dinner. A real sugar bomb!
After dinner, we went home and watched a movie until we fell asleep :)
The Sunday was spent in the sun on Anfu (westerner’s favorite street) where we met with a group of friends and enjoyed lunch and sun. After that, we went to buy new shoes for Filip (and one pair to me) whose Converse has seen significantly better days. It was time for a new pair ;) We strolled a bit before we decided to sit down at the park inside our Compound.
We bought a little snask with us and sat down and read for a while until it became too cold and windy.
We then ordered the dinner home and enjoyed it in the bed in front of a movie. As you can see, we are real nerds when it comes to movies and series. ha ha. But it’s so lovely to end the day in front of a movie or series, don’t you think so? ;)
Now it’s back to work and we have a packed schedule as always. What we have planned you'll see soon;)