This past weekend, Patrick and I had the honor of being invited to our first Chinese wedding. Shuo Duan, who works with Patrick at Schaeffler, and his wife Li Ye have both lived, studied and worked in Germany before they moved back to their homeland China. They fell in love five years ago and just tied the knot on tropical island, Hainan. It was a beautiful and very touching ceremony, a testament to their love. Family, respect, honor, tradition – these are the words that come to mind when I think back on it. There were about 60 guests, mostly Chinese with the exception of the Schaeffler crew and Duan’s stepfather. Duan arranged everything to the utmost detail, the gracious host. After the wedding on Sunday morning, we were driven to Sanya, the island’s tourist spot with the beautiful sand beaches. I left on Sunday night, but Patrick stayed on with his friends Jozef and Jens to have a couple of relaxing days, touring the town and scenic spots. We missed the memo about bringing matching Hawaiian outfits. Till next time Sanya!

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