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Lovely earthquake island

Unknown to many in the West, Taiwan is blessed with some unique natural beauty. Its 168 mountains that top 3000 meters, squeezed into just 32,260...

The European high standard of hygiene is relative

When I started offering my home-made food at a traditional market near where I live in May, my neighbor to the left was selling...

Lovely old gentlemen

The term “Mainlanders” essentially refers to the group of people from all over China and extremely different backgrounds that arrived in Taiwan between the end...

Epidemic busyness

As a German with a strong Spanish touch, after decades of dealing with Chinese people, both in their natural environment, and with the diaspora...

In memoriam of Father Rábago

Last Saturday, July 2nd, 2022, I had the solemn duty to attend the funeral of Spanish Father Andrés Díaz de Rábago at the Holy...

Berlin’s underground, railway to hell

From June 4th to June 20th, 2022, I will be in Europe for a rather short visit, as I can’t leave my cats alone...

Eurovision joins the Ukraine hype

One of my childhood memories from Spain is the annual Eurovision Song Contest (Concours Eurovision de la Chanson in French), usually hold in spring by...

Ten years ago, I left my Taiwanese government-sponsored niche

It’s amazing how time flies! It has been ten years since I quit my relatively well-paid, quite comfortable and supposedly life-long job at a...

My old friend, the dedicated doctor

Recently I went back to see the first Chinese medicine doctor that I ever consulted in Taiwan, which back then I found through a...

Dealing with the dead in Taiwan and Germany

According to the Chinese Lunar Calendar, Tomb Sweeping Day, also known as Ching Ming Festival, one of the most important holidays in Greater China...

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