Who pays for the dinner?

You are going out to have dinner with your boyfriend and with another friend. You get the bill. Who pays?

Where I’m from, everyone just pays their own part. Sometimes the boyfriend invites, and sometimes the girlfriend invites too. But usually my boyfriend and I always split the costs. It would just not be fair for him to pay each time when going for dinner. I would not even want that and I would not want to pay for his dinner each time either. We usually just split the cost of the bill into half.

We went for dinner with a chinese friend. When we asked for the bill she calculated the price. It was 26 Yuan for her and then she told my boyfriend that it was 52 Yuan for him. I was ready to give her my part of the money. I think I tried like three times to pay my part but all the time she pointed to my boyfriend and telling him that he has to pay 52 Yuan.

By the way we communicate with a translator machine because she can’t speak much English and my Chinese is still not good enough haha. Just so you can imagine that communication wasn’t easy either.

So my boyfriend paid 52 Yuan and I then gave him the half of it. The chinese friend seemed surprised. For me it was just the normal thing to do.

One day later when we met again she asked me why I paid my own bill and if my boyfriend and I always “go dutch”. I explained her that I don’t want him to pay and that it’s just not fair for the guy to pay all the time. I told her that this is very normal in Austria. She was really surprised and told me that here in China the boyfriends always pay everything …poor guys haha.

 

 

 

My 25th birthday

I never had a birthday party. My mom never did this kinds of things when we were kids so maybe that’s why I don’t do it now either. Also, since my birthday is in the middle of summer – on the 31st of July – many people are on vacation and out of town.

This year I celebrated my birthday with my boyfriend. Just him and I, on Gran Canaria. It was a great day and one of the best birthdays ever – maybe even the best one! (I don’t remember much of the others right now haha)

In the morning we went to have breakfast outside because he knows that breakfast is my favourite meal of the day. I love eating a lot in the morning! My favourites are: fruits, croissant, oatmeal, musli, bread with jam and butter mhmmmmm just thinking of it makes me hungry already.

During the day we did some sightseeing etc. The best part was the evening! We went to have dinner at a really nice restaurant next to the ocean. We ordered a huge fish plate with different kinds of fish and it was super delicious. The waiter – a brasilian guy – was so nice to us. He made us feel very welcome there. After the fish plate the waiters turned off the light of the whole restaurant and brought a slice of cake with candles to me while singing happy birthday. It was sooooo nice of them and I felt super excited… and a bit embarrassed haha. After the dessert Javi gave me so many cute gifts and he made it all so exciting. First he gave me one, then another, then another and so on. It was super funny and the gifts very thoughtful and sweet.

Then we went for a walk along the ocean and he gave me his last present. We sat down on a bench and he gave me earphones and his phone. It was a VIDEO WITH ALL MY FAMILY AND FRIENDS. It was so sweet and I have already watched this video several times because I love it so much. This was definitely the best gift. He has only seen my family once but managend to contact them all and make them do a video for me.

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My birthday was on the 31st of July.

P.S.: the day after my birthday it’s my sisters birthday πŸ™‚

Tenerife (3/5) – North and West Coast

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Today we went to Garachico, to the so-called natural swimming pools. We went really early because we had a lot of things planned. It was really nice and quiet there and lots of big waves ❀ Later more and more people came and at around 10:00 it was already crowded so we left. If you go there I recommend you go early – it’s worth it, because there is not a lot of space!

I didn’t go swimming because there were so many crabs – BIG crabs! Never saw real crabs that big ever haha.

Garachico is next to Icod which is also a tourist attraction but we did not go there because it’s about a tree. I am sure it’s beautiful but we don’t really wanted to go there and maybe even pay entrance just to see a big tree.

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Then we kept driving along the coast to the west to “Buenavista” and from there we took a bus to go to “Punta de Teno” because cars are not allowed there. The bus only costs 1 Euro but only goes once per hour. The good thing was, that there were almost no people. The bus ride is really nice (sit on the right side of the bus!) because the view is amazing! You can also see the huge banana plantations.

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After that we continued our way down to the “Gigantes” but first we stopped in “El Palmar” to get lunch and in Masca (very nice landscape there). Unfortunately I don’t remember the name of the restaurant in “El Palmar” but it was so good and they gave us a dessert for free called “mousse de gofio”. It’s typical from the canary islands and soooooo yummy (unfortunately didn’t take a picture of it 😦 ). The waiter told us that he has the best mousse de gofio ever. We thought it’s probably just some try to tell us how good they are but the truth is that after 10 days on the canaray islands and trying other mousse de gofio, he was right. The mousse de gofio in el palmar is THE BEST.

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Then we went to see the “Los Gigantes” which are cliffs right next to the ocean. They are really amazing but the beach wasn’t that special to be honest. We liked the Playa de Bollullo in the north much more.

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In the evening we went to discover Puerto de la Cruz a little bit (where we stay at the apartment) and we were positively surprised by how nice it is at night. The walk next to the beach is really long and nice and there are many restaurants, bars and shops.

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Marina, Beach and Spanish Tapas

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In Valencia there is a Beach Club called Marina Beach. My best friend’s name who came to visit me last weekend is also Marina… so of course we went to Marina Beach together πŸ˜›

During day it’s a bar and also restaurant with pool while at night it turns into a club with loud music and people there are all dressed up nicely. I decided to wear my new jumpsuit from Stradivarius. (https://www.stradivarius.com/)

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We didn’t spend much time at the beach club though because we are not really into partying at the moment (sounding like a grandma.. I know). Instead we went for a walk on Malvarrosa Beach and after that we went to have dinner – Spanish tapas! Typical tapas here in Valencia are: Patatas Bravas with Alioli, Calamares, Chipirones/Puntillas, Chorizos, Tortilla de Patata,…

We went to a Tapas Bar called “el pato mareao” which literally means “dizzy duck” as you can see the painting on the wall:

We ordered Patatas Bravas, Puntillas and Calamares to share and then ordered Quesadillas for Marina and me and a Pita Sandwich for Javi.

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