Category Archive: Personal

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

One year without buying clothes

Last year I challenged myself to stop buying clothes. I’m not a fashionista or anything like that and I’m sure I own less clothes than the average woman, but my wardrobe always felt… Continue reading

A morning in Suzhou Park

Last Saturday we went to Suzhou Park, a park located in the center of Suzhou. I wrote about this park many years ago on the blog and I think I had never been… Continue reading

4 things my son learned during the COVID-19 pandemic

My son is only 19 months and he will not remember the pandemic that stopped the world in its tracks and turned our lives, including his, upside down, but he has definitely learned… Continue reading

My quarantine tips

Wow. Just wow. The tide has turned and while in China (well, outside Hubei province at least) we are slowly getting back to normal, Europe is now at the center of the pandemic… Continue reading

Making bread at home

One of my favourite foods is bread. Simple, humble bread. In my parents’ place in Spain there’s a loaf on the table every day and I can easily eat half of it in… Continue reading