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Finally, no bureaucratic mess!

Although I complained many times about Spanish bureaucracy during the three years that have spent in Valencia, to be fair I have to admit...

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...

A Sinified German from Valencia in Taiwan

While living in Taiwan for almost 20 years, as a German who grew up in Spain totally bilingual, I was regularly asked by Taiwanese...

Heaven and hell: about banks in Taiwan and Spain

To deal with banks in Spain mostly makes me feel like being in a novel by famous Bohemian writer Franz Kafka (1883-1924), as the...

Singapore and Taiwan: No diplomatic relations, but military ties

Though an exchange of trade missions between both countries occurred in 1969, Singapore never had diplomatic relations with the Republic of China (ROC), still...

The sunset in Valencia and the city’s decay

I live near the beach and still try to go there every late afternoon for a short swim in the Mediterranean. The water got...

Wansei Back, a movie about Japanese born in Taiwan

After the First Sino-Japanese War in 1894/95, by signing the Treaty of Shimonoseki on April 17th, 1895, China was forced to concede Taiwan to...

Eisenhower’s short visit to Taiwan in 1960

General Dwight D. Eisenhower, the 34th President of the United States from 1953 to 1961, was born on October 14th, 1890 in the city...

The Treaty of Portsmouth ends the Russo-Japanese War

The negotiations between Czarist Russia and Imperial Japan about ending the war they had been fighting since February 8th, 1904, arranged by then US...

Taiwanese tourists still excluded from the EU, but not the UK

On March 9th, 1973 ideological foes Francoist Spain and Maoist China established diplomatic relations. The Spanish Embassy in Taipei, in what was then known...

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