Tag Archive: foreigner in China

The Year of the Monkey

  The Year of the Monkey starts today! I am currently on holidays in Japan but I wanted to schedule this post to wish you all a happy Chinese New Year. As you… Continue reading

The nosy neighbour

A few days ago I went to walk the dog right after waking up. Picture me wearing my bear pyjamas, with eyes full of sleep and messy hair. A middle age neighbour, also walking… Continue reading

The coldest winter

There has been no other topic on the Chinese news and social media in the past few days: it is cold! The local Suzhou newspaper warned us a week in advance: it was… Continue reading

So this is the new year

Every time a new year starts, I remember Death Cab for Cutie’s song: So this is the new year, and I don’t feel any different. I also remember a strip from Calvin &… Continue reading

Suzhou on the cheap (and vegetarian!)

Two weeks ago, a couple of my workmates came to Suzhou to spend the weekend with us. I asked what they wanted to visit in the city, they only said “old things”. Well,… Continue reading

Getting up at 6:40 on a Sunday

I want to be honest with you. I am not a very active person. I have never been a big fan of sports. I don’t mind walking long distances, but that’s about it.… Continue reading

The daily commute

As I mentioned in the post about books, since October I don’t have a room in Shanghai anymore and I have to commute every day from Suzhou. That implies taking 2 trains. Does it… Continue reading

The old village of Bright Moon Bay

As we had three days of holidays last week, we decided to go somewhere instead of couchpotatoing the whole time. We were considering Chongming Island, in Shanghai, and Xishan Island, in Suzhou, and… Continue reading

Going to the hospital in China

Before actually going to any hospital in China, I had already heard a ton of horror stories. I am not sick easily so I wasn’t very worried. I have never had any kind of… Continue reading

Chinese Massage

There are some things I do in China, that I never did in Spain. One of them is getting a massage. It sounds kind of luxurious if you do it in Europe, but… Continue reading