Postnatal services in China

During my stay in hospital a couple of weeks ago, a random auntie gave me a bunch of leaflets one day. Well, when she saw my face she was going to give them… Continue reading

A week in a Chinese hospital

You might have noticed that last week I didn’t publish any post, as usual. And it was because… I was in hospital! I had never stayed in hospital in my life. Heck, I’ve… Continue reading

Maternity photo shoot

In China people love having photo sessions. The pre-wedding pictures, the maternity pictures, the newborn pictures, the pictures wearing clothes from the Han or Tang dynasty… Not to mention the huge amount of… Continue reading

“Fruit makes you fat”

A couple of weeks ago I went to a childbirth preparation class that ended up being more of an informative speech by the doctor –I expected a more practical approach, to be honest.… Continue reading

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