I will just put it out there. There is a new guy in town. That is not just the line of a Rolling Stones song, but it is also completely true. Now I will promise to stop talking in third person.
Let me introduce myself to you in a classic way. My name is Stephan, I am 22 years old and I am coming from Berlin, Germany. 3 months ago I decided that for a certain amount of time I want to leave my beloved old continent called Europe to make a life changing new experience. A good friend of mine made me familiar with the idea of going to China. 3 months later the idea became a reality and now I have arrived in Qingdao and he is living in Shanghai.

Me playing the guitar

I have arrived in Qingdao only 2 days ago and it was a long journey to get there. I started with a train in Berlin going to Frankfurt where my Lufthansa flight started. After a 11 hours flight, there was supposed to be a short stop in Shenyang for about an hour, before the same aircraft would bring me safely to Qingdao. But things turned out differently.

After leaving the plane to wait in the transit zone, they told us that the new Lufthansa staff had food poisoning and the flight was cancelled. Despite the setback, they told not to worry, and that they would immediately supply another plane. After 3 hours this plane was also cancelled due to bad weather in Qingdao. What a mess!

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Luckily some first class flying Germans helped me to get into the first class lounge of the airport where I got a nice place to chill out and a pretty good buffet. You can say I made the best out of the adverse situation. Still, I had to spend 9 hours at the airport. At midnight a plane from Xiamen Airlines finally brought me to Qingdao where I was picked up by my new roommate and IC staff; Marina.

At 2.30am I got to see the place I’ll be living in for the next 5 months. I was surprised in a positive way as we got a big flat with 2 bathrooms. After eating some noodles in the middle of the night, my new bed made me the happiest person of the city at that moment. As my room was previously a child’s room, there are bright stars on the ceiling when you turn off the light. That let me rest assured as I fell asleep looking at the stars.

I am planning to settle in real quick, and get started with helping new people come to Qingdao and making sure they have a good time! Hope to see you soon!

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