Visiting Ningbo

This year we had 8 days off for the combined holiday of Mid-Autumn Festival + National Week, and I was thinking about where to go. For a while I considered travelling to Guilin… Continue reading

Mooncakes!

Tomorrow is the Mid-Autumn Festival! This is one of the traditional Chinese festivities that have become more important in recent years since it was appointed as a national holiday in 2008. A few… Continue reading

The Suzhou Zoo

Last Sunday we went to the Suzhou Zoo. Up until a few years ago, it was located inside a park in the old town and it was very small, based on what I’ve… Continue reading

September: New beginnings

For many people, September feels more like the start of a new year than January. And for me too! I guess I got that feeling when I was a child, as school started… Continue reading

Holidays in Sanya

I should be in Spain right now, but you know what happened with the plans we had for 2020: They all went down the drain. So Spain was off the table, but because… Continue reading

A stroll around Soochow University

Soochow University is one of the oldest universities in China and it’s located in the heart of Suzhou, within walking distance of Pingjiang old street (Soochow is the old romanization of the name… Continue reading

Rainy summer

In Suzhou, the rainy season usually starts in the middle of June and lasts for about 3 weeks. This period of rainy weather is called 梅雨, which literally means “plum rain”. This year… Continue reading

Why I want my son to learn Suzhou dialect

Did you know that there are many different languages in China? Many people are only familiar with two: Mandarin, or what is known simply as “Chinese” and is the country’s official language, and… Continue reading

The clothes swapping event

Do you remember the post I wrote last month about how I hadn’t bought any clothes in a year? I’m still keeping at it and I haven’t bought anything, except for underwear which… Continue reading

Am I jinxed?

I don’t know what’s going on with me lately, but it seems I only have to say something on the blog to make the situation I’m writing about change radically. If this is… Continue reading