Not just greetings: “Have you eaten yet?”

Chinese culture is also eating culture. You might already know that Chinese greet each other by asking: “Have you eaten yet?” “What have you had?” But you probably don’t know that these are potentially larger questions – depends on how you answer them: “I’ve been eating too much.” means you’ve been minding other people’s business; “I’m […]


It feels noontime when we are picked up at the airport. The mass of sun remains grand beyond the grey clouds, leaves a subtle glow on the edge of everything. Slates, flower bushes, smaller cars. I don’t remember this mountainous road leading home, but the balmy wind that rides with us is familiar: 18°C, slightly […]