The Hello Kitty plane

Last December we saw this plane in Shanghai Pudong Airport:   We had already heard about it. One of our friends was going to Taiwan very frequently and he had taken this flight… Continue reading

How to get your driving license in China

Yesterday I got my Chinese driving license!   The procedure is quite straightforward (well, as straightforward as Chinese bureaucracy can be!) if you already have a driving license from another country: you only need… Continue reading

Back to the Past: My first backpacking trip

In January 2008 I bought a backpack in the Silk Market in Beijing and went backpacking for the first time in my life. We travelled by train, leaving from Beijing, and the chosen… Continue reading

My Archaeological Adventure

Linda’s post about MOOCs has inspired me to write about an online course I studied last year: Archaeology’s Dirty Little Secrets. The description of the course in the Coursera website is: Admit it —… Continue reading

What no one told you about studying in China

Most people that come to China to study Mandarin are university students or recent graduates that want to improve their language level, or even maybe start from scratch. And most of them choose… Continue reading

The tallest building in Suzhou

Chinese men are very competitive -they can’t just play a game for fun- and Chinese cities also like to compete with each other: which city has the tallest building, which one has the… Continue reading

Why I started studying Chinese

I started studying Chinese during my first year in University, back in 2002. I studied Translation and Interpreting, my first foreign language was English and my second foreign language was German. I wanted… Continue reading

The karaoke

One of my favourite weekend activities in China is going to the karaoke. I have always liked singing, just for fun, I don’t have any musical ambitions. But in Spain karaokes are creepy… Continue reading

Liebster Award

A few days ago Feifei from Things on Feifei’s Mind nominated me for a Liebster Award. It seems this is an award given by bloggers to other bloggers that are starting or have… Continue reading

The park

Parks in China are like a parallel universe where you can find anything. Of course, there are trees, flowers, benches and all the usual things that you would expect to find in a… Continue reading