I’ve decided to start this blog at the instigation of some of my friends, who apparently don’t want their mailboxes stuffed with my lengthy e-mails. The objective is to describe my life and (mis)adventures in the bustling city of Hangzhou (the home of the Longjing – Dragon Well – Tea, as subtly suggested in the title of the blog), where I’m studying Chinese art history. One would think that with a diploma in Chinese Studies and a year-long experience of living in Taiwan nothing would faze me, but… Surprise, surprise. The mainland China is turning out to have achieved a whole new level of randomness. Enjoy!


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  1. Great Stuff, Pukes!! OD put me onto the blog, as I was not aware of its existence. The hash has been informed, so you may have a few more followers now.

    All the best in the ‘Well…..

    Witch Doctor

    • Great and thanks for the words of encouragement, these are always nice to hear!
      I was sure I sent the link to the blog in the last e-mail update. Anyway, thanks for spreading the news and I’ll try to make it interesting and regular!

  2. Hi! No, I haven’t been to Sushi Express or the Tianren Mingcha here in Taipei yet. I will have to figure out how to do that. Your green tea smoothie favorite reminds me of a green tea with salty foam on top that a foreigner friend here highly recommended. It is DELICIOUS. I think I could safely say it’s the best thing I’ve consumed in this country so far.

    I just spent the last 30 minutes reading your blog. I like your humor and can relate to your perspective. It’s interesting how things can feel more interesting here than back home because they are so different. But, do you ever feel guilty because the people around you are kinda sorta the butt of your sarcasm? Or maybe that’s just me.

    • Sushi Express is a chain, so it’s pretty easy to find. You wrote about living close to Da’an – if you know the Eslit Bookstore at Gongguan Station, there’s one a bit down the street, along the campus (you have to pass a Methodist church on the way). I loved that place, because it’s cheap (30 NTD for one portion) and sushi in Poland is very expensive, and also because of the clever tea contraptions that were just amazing. As to other delicious things – I don’t know what you think of the sweet red bean paste, but if you love it like I do, try the cakes with it. They’re called dousha bing and the best one’s I’ve had were across the street from my uni (National Taiwan Normal University Mandarin Centre at Heping East Rd, right were the ShiDa Night Market is. Opposite the uni gate you have a delicious vegetarian place, a tiny shop with dumplings and pansticklers – both places highly recommended! – and then a shop with Chinese sweets and cakes). Mmmm, just thinking about it all (and checking the street names on google maps, because I don’t remember them) makes me miss it all so much… It was the best year of my life so far!

      Glad you like my blog. And you’re right, I do feel very guilty about sharpening my wit on these innocent people. But I hope everyone knows that it’s slightly exaggerated for the effect – and then again, they in turn laugh at me and point me out all the time, so we’re even. Anyhow, I am trying to train myself in the art of non-judging and stop stereotyping so much… A slightly more serious (therefore more boring) post about it on the way!

  3. Hi Agnieszka Walulik,

    I stumbled on your blog from here http://matadornetwork.com/bnt/getting-hit-in-china-and-walking-away/ and it is one lovely blog. I absolutely loved the honesty. The entire story is so calm that it just moves you. Well written and from all the posts I managed to read, I am intrigued. Looking forward to read some more. Your stay must be coming to an end. Good luck!

    Lots of love from here here 🙂

    • Hi! Welcome to the blog and thank your for the encouragement about the article. Yes, I’m actually not in Hangzhou anymore, but still in Asia – enjoying an extended holiday in Taiwan and preparing for the clash with reality, ha ha. I’m sooooo busy with all my holidaying (yes, I know it’s not a word, but since I’m making a profession out of it, I think it deserves its own verb!) that I’m lagging behind with posting, but you’ve just given me the necessary boost. I’m going to prepare something right NOW. Enjoy!

  4. Great blog. Keep up the interesting photos and stories.

  5. maklu001 said:

    Hi Agnieszka Walulik,
    I wanted to let you know that I’ve nominated you for a Liebster Award. You can read all about it here: http://xiananigans.wordpress.com/2014/04/02/liebster-award/

    • Hey, thank you so much!
      I won’t participate this time as I did it a few weeks ago, but I really appreciate the sentiment, thank you!

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