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Attending my first wedding in Taiwan

The big cultural gap between East and West also became evident to me when shortly after my return to Taiwan in May 1999 I...

Does Valentine’s Day match Chinese culture?

Mostly due to American influence, young Taiwanese have adopted some Western customs like Valentine’s Day on February 14th, which originally honored three early Christian...

Festive money in Chinese culture

First of all, I would like to wish my readers a very happy Year of the Ox, which hopefully will be significantly better than...

Something is rotten in the state of Spain

I try not to purchase fresh vegetables and fruit at supermarkets here in Spain because I want to avoid unnecessary packaging and there are...

Helmut Schmidt’s mighty German Hair Force

Before Social Democratic politician and World War II Air Force veteran Helmut Schmidt (1918-2015) became Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG), he served as...

Japanese Don Quixote plans to conquer Taipei

Japan’s biggest discounter Don Quijote, named after the most famous novel about a crazy nobleman (spelled Don Quixote in English) by the greatest writer...

Travelling with pets these days isn’t an easy task

Theoretically I have only three months left in Valencia, as from April 11th, 2021 I’m allowed to take my two cats back to Taiwan,...

Heinrich Harrer, venturesome tutor of the young Dalai Lama

Austrian explorer, mountaineer, sportsman, geographer, author and tutor of the young 14th Dalai Lama, Heinrich Harrer, died on January 7th 2006 in Friesach, a...

When Santa Claus drives a bus

Christmas 2020 will be remembered in most Christian countries as a very special occasion, even though for all the wrong reasons! I’m currently in...

Honorary seasonal worker in Valencia for one hour

With an annual production of over five million tons during the last decade, Spain is the largest producer of citrus fruits in the European...

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