Category Archive: Personal

A weekend in Madrid

Since we are going to be in Spain for now and my husband is probably not going to have so much free time on his hands until he retires, I want to make… Continue reading

3 months out of China

It’s already been three months since I left China. It’s the longest I’ve been away for almost a decade! How am I feeling and how is China doing these days? I had to… Continue reading

My summer life

It’s the last day of July, a month that I spent in the place where I used to stay for a good part of my summer holidays when I was a child. I… Continue reading

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

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

Merry Christmas from Suzhou

This has been a strange year, and many people are now facing the strangest Christmas of their lives, as they won’t even be able to celebrate with their loved ones. Here in Suzhou… Continue reading

Our Halloween

It’s already mid-November! I’ve been wanting to write about what we did for Halloween for the past several days, but I had no time! Is it ok if I talk about it now,… 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

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