Travel in general, and China in particular, is all about surprises. And surprise was the common thread between witnessing hundreds of brides being photographed on a single beach one day here in Qingdao and finding ourselves eating bugs for dinner in a tiny Shandong town. Pretty suibian, but why not?
First, the brides:
The four or five chilly brides visible in this shot represent just a tiny fraction of all the brides on the beach.
The photography was clearly a labor-intensive process for all involved.
But there were still touching moments.
And now, the bugs:
This was our plate of bugs, before we dug in. Take a good look. This really happened.
Thinking about it.
Taking the plunge!
Our taste for bugs developed almost instantly.
This is what a plate of bugs looks like when you’re done eating it.