Category Archive: Travel

Travelling during Chinese New Year

Getting on the road during Chinese New Year can be a risky (and expensive) business. In China, many people live and work in a city which is not where they are originally from, so… Continue reading

Time-traveling in a Chinese train

For our trip to Luoyang a couple of weekends ago I wanted to take the train. I frequently ride the high speed trains in China but I had not been in an old… Continue reading

Weekend trip to Luoyang

Last weekend we made a short visit to Luoyang, in Henan province. We took the train from Suzhou (17 hours) on Friday and arrived there on Saturday morning. Luoyang was the capital of… Continue reading

Presents from afar

Chinese people have this habit of bringing souvenirs for everybody when they go on a trip. Their favourite souvenirs are local snacks or food specialties from the places they visited. If you work… Continue reading

A trip to Algarve

My holidays in Spain are almost over so I will be regularly updating the blog again. These last few days will be spent in my hometown of Cáceres where I will meet some… Continue reading

Similarities between China and Spain

I am currently on holidays (yay!) in a small town in the southwest of Spain. It is one of those places by the sea which are quiet and empty during the winter, but… Continue reading

Visiting Lingyan Mountain Temple during the Ghost Festival

On Sunday it was not too hot so we decided to visit a temple on the outskirts of Suzhou: 灵岩山寺 or Lingyan Mountain Temple. It is a Buddhist temple located on the top of… Continue reading

Back to the Past III: My first trip to the Philippines

C. likes telling people that Philippines is my third home country (after Spain and China). My friends ask me if I am trying to obtain a Filipino passport. But I think they are… Continue reading

Taiwanese Snacks

A few weeks ago we read somewhere that there was a Taiwanese Snack Festival going on in Suzhou. I completely forgot about it until today, when I suddenly felt like going there for… Continue reading

Back to the Past II: Vietnam & Cambodia

Smell is a powerful sense. I’m sitting in my office in Suzhou and I just need to spray the mosquito repellent on my legs to transport my mind to a guest house room in… Continue reading