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.

 

 

 

The arrival from the airport to the city of Nanning

If you read my last post you know how long the journey was and can maybe imagine how tired I was because i was not able to sleep at the plane…not even for a minute. So I arrived in Nanning at the airport and a chinese lady, who was on my flight from Guangzhou to Nanning, helped me negotiate the taxi price (100 Yuan instead of 150 Yuan = 12 Euros). First of all – the people talking to you on the airport saying: „taxi, taxi, taxiiii“ are only wing men. They bring you outside and then call their friends who are driving around all day long to pick up people from the airport. He talked to like 3 different people and no one could take me because they either had some other customer going to another direction or whatever reason I did not understand because they were speaking chinese the whole time. After a while waiting outside he called another person and finally took me and another chinese girl to the city center. It was a lot of trouble for them to find my address and despite talking to like 5 different people nobody knew the street where I had to go to. They all tried to tell me that the address is wrong and the street name is a different but similar one but I was 100 % sure of the street name. But I did not have any interent so I was not able to show them. Anyways he took me and while driving to the city center the girl next to me helped me figure out the street name (which was correct of course!).

In the taxi it was so difficult to not fall asleep, seriously. I felt like I reached my limit. I could have fallen asleep within a second. It was a trouble for the taxi driver to find the street name but he kept driving around to find the right house number which I found really nice. So I took out another 10 Yuan of my wallet to later give him tip. The chinese girl next to me saw that and when the taxi driver was not looking she took the 10 Yuan and put it back to my wallet and pointed that I should not give any tip and that 100 are okay. So I am not sure what that means. Was 100 Yuan too much? Or are tips not usual here? No idea. (I later found out that in China it is not common to give tip)

We found the right house number and I got off the taxi. It was around 14 o’clock by that time (time in China, 6 hours more than in Austria). There was a China Mobil store right next to the entrance so I wanted to buy a SIM card to finally have internet on my phone again. But of course it would have been too good to be true. She said that my phone is blocked and the SIM card does not work on my phone. Great.

So I went back to the entrance of the apartment and waited there for my boyfriend. Of course it would have been easier to just wait for him 2 hours at the airport but that was not possible because someone from his work picked him up.

So I waited and waited… moving around to places in the shade because I was wearing long jeans and a short sleeve shirt. It was so humid and hot – I was so hot and sweaty I felt really awful there. So it was 15, then 16, then 17 o’clock. Then I thought that something cannot be right. He was supposed to arrive at 16 maximum at the apartment but I waited for one more hour because you never know (delayed flight or traffic or whatever reason).

So I walked around to find a restaurant with Wifi which btw is not easy at all. The places around that area are all small restaurants without any WiFi and because of the broken luggage I could not walk around that much. Luckily I found a fast food pizza place and they had WiFi.

And then I saw the message of my boyfriend Javi… he got picked up from the work colleague but they brought him straight to work to do his first training and he finishes at 19. They seriously cannot wait one day? Like travelling for around 20 hours is not exhausting plus the jetlag. Anyways he got to meet the whole team and all so that was great for him of course. I tried to stay at the pizza place as long as possible. I finally was able to contact my whole family to tell them that I arrived safely. After answering all these messages my phone ran out of battery. There was no plug in this restaurant…not even a toilet. So my final message to Javi was that at 19 I will go back to the entrance of the apartment and told him the street name again.

I was relieved and thought that this time it would work. So I went back to the entrance and waited there…and waited… and waited. I put the straps of my bags around my feet in case of robbery. I sat there and just could not resist anymore and fell asleep. Not for long, always for a few minutes but it was a hard fight. Have you ever been so tired that you had to fight but you just could not resist? It’s awful. So it was 21 o’clock and I started to get really worried. Now my options are: Keep waiting but I have no battery nor wifi and everything was already closed OR look for a hotel but that means walking around with 3 luggages and one of them even broken and not knowing where to go because… well, because no internet. And old people say it was better back then without internet. People were loosing a lot of time waiting or looking for each other. If I would have had internet it all would have been much easier haha.

So I sat there thinking the whole time: „should I stay or should I go“ 😛 and I seriously was about to go look for a hotel but imagine if I go to a hotel, I would have Wifi and I could charge my phone and text him BUT Javi did not have WiFi either so he could not have read the message and maybe was looking for me the whole time and would have kept doing this for hours. It is horrible not knowing what the other person will do or where he/she is when we were supposed to meet up.

I think it was around 21:15 when he finally passed by the apartment and we saw each other. I cried of relief and he just hugged me a lot. He was running around the streets looking for me for more than one hour. We than realised that the community we live in is so huge it has many different entrances in different streets as well. He kept asking chinese people about the street name I told him and they all told him different directions although it was only 5 minutes walking distance. Not even the security guy of the building could tell him where the street is and since he did not have internet either the only thing left to do was running around.

Anyways it all ended well.

As you can imagine I fell asleep within seconds once in the apartment.

Tenerife (5/5) – Last Day

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All we do here is eating and eating… we ate so much the last few days! But the food is just too good here. So today in the morning we went to the beach next to our apartment to do a little workout – but honestly my motivation wasn’t that great haha. So no more workouts on vacation. I rather go full power after the vacation again. I’ll just see it as a little break.

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Today we wanted to go up to the Teide again because yesterday the tickets were sold out so we bought tickets online for today. In the morning right before going up there I got an SMS and an e-Mail saying that the cable car is closed because of meteorological reasons. So we had to cancel our tickets and they gave us the refund – what a pitty! So we went to Tenerife without ever being on the top of the Teide…- but I would say that this is a good reason to come back to Tenerife in the future!

So instead we had to make other plans and decided to go to the south of Tenerife – to the beach of El Médano.

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It was nice but we definitely prefer the north of Tenerife over the south of Tenerife. We had lunch there and ordered a very interesting salad. It was a new salad they added to their menu and it tasted great. It was a fruit salad with grilled cheese and the bottom of it was a crepe.

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On a hot day like today it was just perfect and so refreshing. Really yummy.

Then we went to the botanical garden. It was 3 euros to pay entrance. We actually only went there because we were tired of lying around the beach all day. It was nice there but not a must see of Tenerife.

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In the evening we went to the pool terrace on top of our apartment and then for dinner in the city and that was our last day in Tenerife – tomorrow we are going to Gran Canaria!

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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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Where the rich people are

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I am really surprised by how many beautiful and special places there are in the community of Cataluña. We went to Empuriabrava which is a city with canals where you can rent a boat and navigate around. The houses there are incredible. All really beautiful with their own big boats or yates (some even have garages on the water for the boats). So this is where rich people are in summer haha.

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We rented an eco-friendly electric boat from the company called “ecoboats” (www.ecoboats.es). It was 50 Euros for 1 round which takes around 1 hour. Empuriabrava is full of french and german people.. it’s obvious because they put their flags on their boats. On a hot day like that the boat ride was perfect!

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When navigating around and seeing all these rich families I was thinking: “I am wondering where they got their money from”, they have a high paying job? Or because they have their own company? What kind of company? I am really interested in knowing different business ideas but unfortunately it was not possible to talk to any of them.

After that we went to the beach to Aiguablava (it’s catalan and means “blue water”). The view from up the hill where we parked the car was great but on the beach there were waaaay too many people – I didn’t like it that much.

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The water was a bit cold but refreshing. Parking is really difficult there. There is a parking lot but it was already full when we arrived there. We parked up the hill – it was around 15 minutes of walking. On the way back we saw that every single car on the way up to the hill got a fine of 80 Euros. We were lucky because we parked all the way up the hill and apparently it was fine there.

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So that’s the end of our trip to Girona. It was great! This weekend I will be staying in Valencia because I am getting visit from Austria but after that Javi and I are going to the Canary Islands for 10 days to celebrate my birthday there 🙂