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

Eating out

The other day I was thinking how common it is in China to go out to eat, even for families with children. When I was a child in Spain, we basically never went… Continue reading

The 2010 Shanghai Expo

Yesterday I was working on a translation that mentioned the football World Cup that is going to take place in Russia soon and I remembered the 2010 World Cup. Football (soccer for Americans)… Continue reading

Pregnancy taboos in China

Chinese people are very superstitious. A long time ago I wrote a post with several superstitions I’d heard, you can check it here. They also often do things “just in case”, even if… Continue reading

Graffiti exhibition in Suzhou

There are not many graffiti in China. I have only seen them in the 798 art zone in Beijing and around Moganshan street, which is also an art space, in Shanghai. In Europe… Continue reading

There’s a man in China that does everything

There’s a song from the middle of the noughties called “There’s a man in Spain” and the lyrics are very cryptic. They go like this: There’s a man in Spain that does everything,… Continue reading

Why I think Suzhou is a great place to live in

Sometimes I receive emails with questions from people who are considering moving to Suzhou. These people are often married with kids and are moving to Suzhou because their company is sending them here… Continue reading

“Look, the penis is here”

On Monday I had the prenatal check-up for the 24th week and one of the tests was a fancy 3D ultrasound in which the doctor checks that the baby has all the expected… 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

My favourite Chinese characters

Most people think learning Chinese is difficult. Every time I’m back in Spain and I tell someone I can speak Chinese, they invariably reply with a: “Wow! Isn’t it super complicated?”. Some (weird)… Continue reading