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.

 

 

 

Food Market in China

Javi and I are part of a group chat in WeChat (the chinese kind of Whatsapp) with almost 400 foreigners living in Nanning. An italian girl got in touch with me before I arrived in China and we chatted a lot. On the third day after arriving in Nanning I finally got internet on my phone (it was btw NOT blocked.. I just went to a different phone company and it worked without any problems). I cancelled my spanish phone number and now I got 10 GB each month for only 6 Euros. Awesome.

So I asked the italian girl if she wants to meet up in the city centre and that’s what we did. She showed us some places and then went to a street food market in the city center. It was really interesting there. Mostly the food there was: Tofu, vegetables, dumplings (jiaozi and baozi), fried insects, a looot of different kinds of meat and many other things I have never seen in my life before. Also many interesting desserts with fruits or pudding-kind-of things. We decided to have dinner there and try the food.

I decided to eat the Jiaozi (like meat or vegetable filled dumplings) and Javi and the italian girl ordered some tofu with vegetables and mushrooms and meat on a stick. What Javi and I did not know was that most of the food here is spicy – and we both don’t like spicey. A day later Javi and I went to a normal restaurant and asked for non spicy food but there was only so little. Almost everything was spicy!

One time we bought green pepper at the supermarket. It looks like normal green pepper, like in Austria and like in Spain – but it was super spicy! I could not even eat it (yes, it may sound like I am exaggerating but I really cannot eat anything spicy).

On the other side I love the fruits here in China – there are so many fruits that we don’t have in europe and they are super delicious. On the streets you can find many people selling fruits or fresh fruit juice.

Here are some pictures of the food market:

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