Saturday, August 18, 2018 Blog 122

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I have to pinch myself sometimes when I stick my head out the door and realise I actually live in El Terreno in

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Friday, August 17, 2018 Blog 2002

I'm starting a new series of Rolling Armchair Travel pieces from Palma de Mallorca! Yes, Rolling Armchair. It means I'm kind of sitting down - while moving! I will show you Palma and

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Thursday, August 16, 2018 Blog 182

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As we get out of the car and start walking towards New Slains Castle - a mere stripling of 420 years, whereas the old Slains

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Sunday, August 12, 2018 Blog 203

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I have only one principle in life. Well, two, but they are connected. One, I never go to fast food shops where the chairs

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Tuesday, July 31, 2018 Blog 254

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One of the many great things about Palma is the many churches. I don't

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Monday, July 30, 2018 Blog 439

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O people who don't want the Mandarin juggernaut to take over Hong Kong and the world: Please know that the fight for Cantonese

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Friday, July 27, 2018 Blog 299

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Guess what happened last week: My Cantonese student (victim) on Skype, Ah-Fu, came all the way from Switzerland to eat Sichuan food! What a great but

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018 Blog 215

There they stand in the corner of my anteroom, accusing me. 

 

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Yes, my two banjos! On which I never play anymore! 

In

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Saturday, July 14, 2018 Blog 281

Yesterday was an exciting day in the old El Terreno Country Club! The venerable photographer Stuart Pearce came to take photos for - wait for it - my old

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Thursday, July 12, 2018 Blog 150

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FOOTBALL madness!

OK - no. I'm still not really interested in football. But I have to say this: When I lived in Hong Kong, any

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Cecilie has worked as a feature- and column writer and photographer at the South China Morning Post, as a Cantonese radio presenter at Radio Television Hong Kong as well as making hundreds of podcasts and language videos and travel documentaries.

After 30 years in China/Hong Kong where she ran Happy Jellyfish People’s Democratic Language Bureau specialising in making Cantonese a world language with the slogan “Learn Cantonese the Natural Way – from a Norwegian!” Cecilie’s life mission as a “Cantonese Fundamentalist” was to make the whole world speak Cantonese. Failing somewhat in this endeavour she eventually felt the pull of her European roots, and packed up her beloved “gaff” on Lantau Island, scene of hundreds of Sichuan lunches and dinners, in January 2018.

She now lives in Palma de Mallorca with her two dogs, enjoying fresh air and architectural beauty.