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The Shitty Restaurant

A few months ago I went to a toilet-themed restaurant and I forgot to write about it here. Well, here it goes!

The restaurant was located in Tianzifang, an area with narrow alleys and old houses that has become a very touristic place and is full of eateries and cute (and overpriced) shops. 307 more words

Life In China

Team Building

In Chinese companies, or foreign companies established in China, it is very common to organize an annual day out to do outdoor team building activities. If you work in a Chinese company, you will most probably have to sacrifice a day of your weekend to participate in the team building (Chinese companies don’t really understand the concept of “private life”); if your company is foreign, or a nice Chinese company, they will organize it on a working day. 610 more words


Interview in Expat Focus

A few days ago, the website Expat Focus contacted me to do a brief interview for their Experiences section. In it I talk a little bit about expat life and how life in China is for me. 190 more words


Barbecue Season

When I was 18 or 19 I went on a road trip through Ireland with my family. It was cloudy and raining most of the time, as it is usual there, but one day the sun started shining in Dublin. 590 more words



If you’re looking for a truly delightful read, look no further. Lost On Planet China, by J. Maarten Troost is truly hilarious. I may be biased–stories about foreigners in China are especially near and dear to my heart–but Troost’s self-deprecating, colloquial narration gives the reader a tragi-comedically accurate idea of what a day in the life in China feels like for a foreigner. 211 more words

A Book A Day

My first Chinese wedding

Is that title misleading? Ha! I will not be talking about my own wedding, as I have never been married! Today I want to talk about the first wedding I attended in China. 514 more words


A Laowai Again

Having spent the Spring Festival at home, surrounded by my friends, family and all the things I hold dear (hot water, English breakfast tea, fresh air, cereal, soft mattresses, central heating and peace and quiet) I am now back in China, ready to start the next semester. 483 more words