5 (and a half) things I got used to after moving to China

At the beginning of this month it was my Chinaversary (8 years since the first time I came) and I started thinking about some things I got used to after moving to China. Some… Continue reading

What have you been doing while I was away?

I am back in Suzhou (after a 28 hour trip!) and C. and Nico were very happy to see me again. But what have they been doing during the month I’ve been away?… 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

Beijing vs Shanghai: a song contest

Everybody knows that Beijing is the capital of China, but Shanghai is its most developed and cosmopolitan city. Beijing is about politics, culture and historical sites; Shanghai is about money, cocktails and shopping.… Continue reading

Chinese people, English names

Most Chinese young people, and some of the not-so-young people, have English names, apart from their official Chinese names which appear in their identity cards. Lots of them choose their English name (or their… 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

“Don’t tell anyone you bought them here!”

Two blocks away from our compound there is a wet market where all the old ladies from the neighbourhood go shopping. Sometimes I also go there, as the fruits sold in supermarkets are… Continue reading

Book review: Good Chinese Wife

When I first heard of “Good Chinese Wife”, by Susan Blumberg-Kason, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to read it or not. Why? Because of the description, which sounded terrifying: A real-life, cross-cultural fairy… Continue reading