Author Archives: ChinaLatina

About ChinaLatina

Creative • Art Director • Traveler. Food + books + movies. China-Latina born in Hong Kong, traveling the world. martha-lee.com

Observations of Sicily

Observations/Thoughts on Sicily: • Sicilians often don’t speak English. • People take siesta like Spanish, such that the city is DEAD between 2-5 p.m. but CROWDED afterwards. It’s been over a year and still, this phenomenon amazes me. • Crazy … Continue reading

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La Scuola Adotta la Città

La scuola adotta la città, literally “the school adopts the city,” is a program in Palermo since 1994, where students research on certain monuments/sites of the city and then give out tours to the public. This year, 102 schools and … Continue reading

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Becoming a Digital Nomad

Well, well, it’s true that I have been freelancing remotely for two years now and worked full-time, on-site for four months in between, but I have always considered myself on sabbatical. Now, I am finally (trying to) seeing myself as … Continue reading

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The Best Baci according to my Host

I’m in love with my Airbnb host. Too bad she left me alone in Palermo for her boyfriend in Mexico 😝😍📝🎁🍫

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Spanish History Lesson with Airbnb Host

My Palermo Airbnb host, Valeria, is a historian, who conducts research and sometimes gives lectures at universities . One night after offering me a wonderful Sicilian dinner, she clarified some questions I had about Spanish history. Valeria: Historians called the … Continue reading

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Drinking Espresso in Italy

After having lunch with Sicilian Couchsurfing host in Noto: Host: Would you like a coffee? Me: Sure. Walked into a cafe and ordered two espresso. Host downed the shot in 5 seconds: Let’s go. Oh oh oh, you are still … Continue reading

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Sicilian Street Food

I don’t eat pork or goose large intestine Chinese style, and I never like Turkish kokoreç (grilled offal wrapped in small intestine) for the strong taste. So when I saw Sicilian grilled lamb small intestine, Stigghiola, I thought I’d just … Continue reading

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