Category Archive: Anecdotes

The Chinese hamburger

The other day I suddenly felt like eating roujiamo (肉夹馍). A roujiamo is like a sandwich and it is originally from Shaanxi province (Xi’an is the capital of Shaanxi province). The bread is… Continue reading

The Shanghai Biennale

Last Saturday morning we hopped on a fast train and went to Shanghai to see the Shanghai Biennale of contemporary art. The Biennale is celebrated every 2 years (hello, Captain Obvious!) in the… Continue reading

The real China

The last time I went to Shenzhen to join the company’s New Year dinner I went out with some colleagues. In the taxi to the restaurant a foreign guy from another department sat by my… Continue reading

“My mum is also a foreigner”

Most kids (and also adults) in my compound are scared of Nico because she is bigger than the mini poodles Suzhounese people like to have as pets. But there are a couple of… Continue reading

Don’t do that!

One evening last week I was walking Nico around our compound, as usual, when I saw a man sitting by a big white cabinet which is installed in the garden. You know, one of… Continue reading

Chinese zombies

The other day C. and I were talking about the differences in what is considered scary in the West and in China. He said western ghosts are not scary because “they are just a… Continue reading

Feminine hygiene in China

Today I read an article about something that happened on Sunday: the Chinese swimming team ended up 4th and Fu Yuanhui (China’s newest internet sensation thanks to her funny reactions) mentioned that she had… Continue reading

The Olympic Games

Every summer I used to watch the Olympics while I was on holidays. August is the preferred holiday month in Spain and I would invariably be spending it in our apartment by the… Continue reading

Stereotyping foreigners

I’m sure you have heard many stereotypes about Chinese people in particular or Asians in general. Chinese people are noisy, Chinese people work a lot, Asians are good at maths, all Asians look… Continue reading

China’s drinking problem

Last Sunday, C. had a meeting. Yes, there are some companies that are horrible enough as to make you work on weekends. After the meeting there was a lunch. At 8 pm, C.… Continue reading