Spanish bureaucracy

I’ve long complained about Chinese bureaucracy, but now that I’m experiencing Spanish bureaucracy… I don’t know which one’s worse! As it looks like we are going to stay in Spain for at least… Continue reading

A week in Abu Dhabi

In mid May, we spent a week in Abu Dhabi as a stopover on our trip from China to Spain. I have to be very honest and confess that the United Arab Emirates… Continue reading

Travelling in times of covid-19

Long time no see! I’ve had a hectic few weeks. And, well, also an international move. Kind of. We’re in Spain! We weren’t planning on travelling this year, but an unexpected (and quite… Continue reading

Getting the covid-19 vaccine in China

Until late last month, China didn’t seem to be in a hurry to get the general population vaccinated against covid-19. After all, there are barely any cases here! When I check some YouTube… Continue reading

Heart of glass

Heart of glass, aka 玻璃心 is a condition that seems to affect many Chinese people lately. This term is used to refer to someone who gets easily offended, especially on the internet. I… Continue reading

Sunday in the sun

A couple of weeks ago we had unseasonably warm weather and we took the chance to visit a village in the outskirts of Suzhou. I had heard about it but I’d never been… Continue reading

Questions Chinese people always ask foreigners

This month it’s my 9th Suzhouversary! I’ve been living in Suzhou for 9 years already! It’s the longest I’ve stayed in a city, excluding my hometown, where I lived for 18 years. Before… Continue reading

An unusual Chinese New Year

Only 3 more days until our holidays start and 4 days until the Lunar New Year begins! This will be the second Chinese New Year we spend in times of covid. Last year,… Continue reading

Motherhood milestones

I guess everybody has heard about baby milestones: holding their head, sitting up by themselves, starting to eat food… But what about the milestones that mothers reach in their journey through motherhod? Last… Continue reading

Books with a China theme (2020 list)

Another year, another one of my annual book lists. Writing a post about the books related to China I read during the year has become a tradition on this blog! I made these… Continue reading