Category Archive: Anecdotes

The time I was mistaken for my husband’s tour guide

A couple of years ago, my parents in law and four of our friends (two Taiwanese couples that live in China) flew to Spain to attend our wedding. As it was the first… Continue reading

“What does his name mean?”

Every time I tell a Chinese person what my baby’s name is, they invariably reply: “What does it mean?”. This question reveals a very obvious difference in the way Chinese and Western people… Continue reading

The typhoon season

Every summer, Suzhou stands on the way of some of the typhoons that come from the western Pacific Ocean. Usually, when they arrive here they have already lost most of their strength so… Continue reading

“Fruit makes you fat”

A couple of weeks ago I went to a childbirth preparation class that ended up being more of an informative speech by the doctor –I expected a more practical approach, to be honest.… Continue reading

Protection against evil spirits

And for the second time this month I’m saying that Chinese people are very superstitious. The other day C. came home with a branch of some plant that someone gave him. I had… Continue reading

The obsession with fakes and brands

When I was studying in Beijing, my parents, brother, uncle, aunt and cousins came once to visit me. They wanted to make the most of their trip and see other places in China… Continue reading

Working from home is also working

Working from home is not something common in China, a country where “being in the office” means “working”, when everybody knows that you can be in the office warming the chair and wasting… Continue reading

Speaking English in Spain

I am back in Spain! I arrived last Tuesday and have been super busy with work and organising the wedding. The Chinese wedding was a breeze because I didn’t need to do anything,… Continue reading

The professional interrogator

I have started to suspect that the neighbour who lives in the 5th floor of my building, a middle aged lady, is a professional interrogator trained by the CIA or the KGB. Every… Continue reading

“Europeans are always on strike”

A few days ago we met with several of C.’s friends. One of them told me: – “Europeans finish work at 3 pm and they don’t do anything for the rest of the… Continue reading