Ni hao people and friends! Gues what happend to me. I met Irene in Beijing! Some of you still know my Australian/Chinese friend, whom I met in Stockholm,Sweden. She came to visit me, even in Basel and Slovakia. And since she and I are real backpackers and travelers, that get along with eachother very well, we do have a lot to tell to eachother. So it happend, that she met my family. And now it's the other way around, I get to see her family. My chinese is still very bad, so that I couldn't really open a smalltalk with everybody. I didn't even know what I am allowed to ask and what not. Like, in Switzerland I assume, it's already a little bit too much to ask, weither or not you have children, how old they are, what they do, what you do, what your income is etc. So, I was kind of unshure what to say, and what I said was even in a bad chinese. Uff...I thought I was really bad, but thanx to Irene, she helped me out well and introduced me to all the habbiets at a chinese table. I give you an example so you got a clue what I'm talking about. let's say you go to Italy to visit a friend. And that friend invites you to a dinner where everybody is Italian older than you and from Sicily. Would you start smalltalking about somebodies daughter or rize your wineglass to toast all the older people at the table? :D Well, in a way, that was how I felt like. But thanks again to Irene, she really helped me out.
On the first of October is the Chinese National day, like the 1. of August in Switzerland. Everything is ready to celebrate the 60. Birthday of todays China. There will be a huge military parade at the Tiananmen square and I assume, also music,dance and a firework in the evening. I'm looking forward to that, since I'm really curious.