It should be easy, but it is China

One of the biggest annoyances in the life of an expatriate is the difficulty to do something that should be simple. Buying a certain product in the market sometimes it is an impossible mission. Finding a service or place is like trying to find the city of Babylon. Clarifying a simple question or understanding anContinue reading “It should be easy, but it is China”

Part 2 – Hong Kong in good company

Unlike the 36 hours the first time, I went to Hong Kong (link to the post), 5 years later I had the opportunity to spend 5 days with the best company I could ask for, my son. The path was similar, we took a plane to Shenzhen, and a bus from the airport to HongContinue reading “Part 2 – Hong Kong in good company”

Part 1 – Hong Kong in 36 hours

I started writing this article because it bothers me that I’m in China and can’t explore the country and take André to new places because of this virus. For more than two years we have limited ourselves to nearby cities or within the province, the fear of going out and ending up having to quarantineContinue reading “Part 1 – Hong Kong in 36 hours”

China, the new year and a certain virus

Happy New Year! Yes, you read that right, Happy New Year. Although China follows the Gregorian calendar on a day-to-day basis, Chinese traditional celebrations follow the lunar calendar, therefore the 354 days of the year 4719 ends on January 31, 2021.  I remember my anxiety and disappointment the first time I spent the end ofContinue reading “China, the new year and a certain virus”

Taishan – Part 2

The day was spectacular, the sky was clear, the sun was warming us at the top of the mountain, but it was time to go back. I don’t know exactly how much time we spent there, but it gave us time to get some rest, explore, eat and take pictures. I saw that not farContinue reading “Taishan – Part 2”

Taishan – Part 1

The year is 2014, I had only three months before going back to Brazil and I wanted to take every opportunity I had to explore the country, until that moment I didn’t imagine I would return to China any time soon. I was invited to climb a mountain with a small group of Chinese, allContinue reading “Taishan – Part 1”

My China, my houses

The expatriate life is much harder than the glamor that many imagine. The problem of living in a country where the language bears no resemblance to any you’ve ever learned is that a simple activity can become a real nightmare. As I said before, I have been living in China for seven years. I’ve alreadyContinue reading “My China, my houses”

What I have learned in China – Part 2

Welcome back to our misadventures in China. If you missed the first part, here is the link to it https://wp.me/pdhW2x-5u. In these two weeks between part 1 and 2, I ended up noticing other cultural differences. André helped by questioning some events of the last week, but I did my best to find the most important,Continue reading “What I have learned in China – Part 2”

What I have learned in China

I had already thought about writing a list of what I have learned as an expatriate in Asian lands, but I believe there is no better opportunity for that than now, considering October is the month that I personally celebrate my first arrival here and it is the 72nd anniversary of the People’s Republic of ChinaContinue reading “What I have learned in China”

中秋节快乐

This week is a celebration called 中秋节 (Mid-Autumn Festival) or Mooncake Festival. So today, Saturday, I was working as if it were Friday; yesterday, I worked as if it was Monday; and now I have three days off ahead of me (Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday). It’s no use calling me lucky, because I’ll be backContinue reading “中秋节快乐”