Double Happiness: “He Calls Me ‘Guapa'” — A Chinese-Spanish Love Story

A Chinese guy and Spanish girl in love -- Tony from China, and Laura from Spain
Tony, from China, and Laura, from Spain.

Guapa means good-looking or handsome in Spanish. It’s also a lovely word to start off a story about an equally lovely couple — Laura, from Spain, and Tony, from China.

Thanks to Laura for sharing this story, and the photographs.

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Tony calls me cariño (dear), sometimes guapa (good-looking), and other times Lauritina. It is really wonderful to have someone who calls you guapa when you get home.

We met in a Suzhou Starbucks, while I was having a coffee with a friend and he was chilling out after a meeting in Suzhou.

He came over the table and he introduced himself. He wanted to practice his English and our table was the most suitable one for that purpose. We talked for some minutes and when we told him we actually speak Spanish, he took out a book from his bag, I couldn’t believe it, he bought a book to learn Spanish the same day we met. Well, that must mean something, I thought.

The Stadium, where Tony first told Laura he liked her.
The Stadium, where Tony and Laura went on that memorable date.

In the following days we met a few times more in the same place, and then finally exchanged numbers. After some weeks of talking and meeting randomly, he invited me for a night walk and hot tea.

How I remember that night, when he held two cups of tea in his hands. We talked and walked, never minding that the night was cold. We went to the Stadium, where Tony spoke of his hobbies, his favorite poems, and life.

He walked me home, where he suddenly popped a question. “Do you like me?”

I turned red like a cherry tomato, and felt so much pressure at first. But he looked a bit worried — and I thought, Well, he is asking for some reason. So I said, “Yes!”

Then he also said, “I like you.”

One evening, we went out for dinner with his mum, sister, brother-in-law and nephew. I won’t forget that day since we shared such a nice time together. His nephew, Shuo, also enjoyed kicking me under the table. Afterwards, we met his sister’s family quite often.

Tony with Laura's father, visiting China.
Tony with Laura’s father, visiting China.

His sister and nephew even spent two weeks with us during the summer holiday — by that time, Tony and I were already living in Shanghai. Coming home after work to such a nice family really made me feel like I had a real home. Dinner was sometimes ready, and Shuo was jumping around.

This year, we went to Linyi for Mid-Autumn Festival to visit with his family. Just like every other Chinese family, we gathered together and ate — a lot! (I guess that’s why I was so sick in the days afterwards.) We spent time with Tony’s mother and father. I have to say, Tony’s family is amazing. They are so happy and easygoing. I had a lot of fun with his father, who I met for the first time. He made such a great effort to communicate with me, and we really connected.

During those days, many people came around the house to say “hello” — and also to see me, the foreign girlfriend. Everyone raised some interesting topics: Which language do you use? How is your family? Do you have brothers and sisters? Do you like it here? What are your plans? My favorite question of all was, Do you have peanuts in Spain? I liked it because peanuts are so important in Spain — such as in peanut soup. Someone even proposed that I export their peanuts to Spain (I’ll think about it).

My father is now in China, and he has enjoyed his time with Tony’s family. They somehow manage to communicate, from a few Spanish words to a few Chinese words and all of the translations in between. They manage to communicate even when nobody is there to translate for them, which is awesome.

Laura and Tony
Laura and Tony, sharing a light moment.

I have to say, Tony and I really complement each other. He is very patient and that calms me down a lot. Maybe this sounds like a stereotype, but I seem typically Spanish in that I can’t stop thinking sometimes — in a messy way — about everything. When I had problems with my visa, he was always there to put my mind at ease. Later, after I got my visa, Tony confessed that he too struggled with my visa issues, yet he didn’t show his struggles. He was so strong, a strength I hope to have one day.

Laura is a project manager in Shanghai.

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20 thoughts on “Double Happiness: “He Calls Me ‘Guapa'” — A Chinese-Spanish Love Story

  • December 21, 2012 at 11:27 am
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    What a cute love story! The best is that you two complement each other really well and look so cute together. 🙂

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  • December 21, 2012 at 5:39 pm
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    @Jocelyn. Great story and thanks for all of your postings.

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  • December 22, 2012 at 1:58 am
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    @Jocelyn,
    Thanks for publishing the story of Laura and me. Wish we can meet soon. 预祝圣诞节快乐!

    Tony

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    • December 22, 2012 at 1:02 pm
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      @Tony, really, it’s my pleasure! Your story is beautiful and inspiring.

      祝你们圣诞快乐,新年吉祥,万事如意!

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  • December 24, 2012 at 1:23 am
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    Beautiful story 😀

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  • December 26, 2012 at 5:22 am
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    It’s wonderful story,my folks r kinda against me learning Spainish,my gosh,what am I gonna do?

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  • December 26, 2012 at 9:06 pm
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    Hi!
    @fernandocruz,
    1. Where are you from then? I look at your nickname and is 100% Spanish…
    2. Is it important what your folks think you should learn?!!!

    @ Jocelyn,
    Thanks a lot for sharing our story!
    🙂

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  • December 27, 2012 at 1:09 am
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    Hola,@Laura,
    well,maybe I get too emotional,it’s really not that bad.My folks kinda wanna send me to UK or US for Master D,and I find myself totally devoted to the latin culture,I’m mixed of young latino guy and old black lady indeed,well,It’s about my personality.I wanna go to spain or latin America instead,emmm,I’m from manchuria in case u wanna know.Anyway,best wishes for ya.

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  • December 27, 2012 at 1:17 am
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    @fernandocruz,
    Being too emotional is part of our culture so you are already in the game!
    If you can choose to study in another country and afterwards move to a one of the countries you like that’s great. The reason why I say that (instead of studying there) is because at least in Spain, Universities don’t have many relations with companies (yet, hope in the future there are), so during your years of study you may only study.
    On the other hand, is the best way to enter in the job market, which I am sorry, but is not the best market right now, even for locals.
    I’m mixed and not mixed at the same time, my parents are Spanish but my father’s family has roots in Cuba, many years ago many people from my province emigrated to Cuba and some couldnt come back, so is mixed and not mixed at the same time 😉

    If you want to learn the lenguage I encourage you to do it, I do love my language, and I think all its verbs forms and diminutives are interesting!

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  • December 27, 2012 at 7:21 am
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    @Laura
    Thanks alot for your advice,I shall continue chasing my dream.It’s kinda crucial that I should think about the future if I do choose to study in spain.I will take your point into consideration.
    I have many latino and spainish friends,and nice meeting ya.
    Muchas Gracias.
    Btw,I’ve been studying spainish song,recently been crazy for Mexican song El Rey,cool song indeed.

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  • December 27, 2012 at 8:16 pm
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    Felicidades! Vosotros sois una pareja guapa! Congratulations – you guys are a good-looking couple!

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  • December 27, 2012 at 8:19 pm
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    @ fernandocruz,
    I listen to music at fulltono.com there you can find a lot of music in Spanish. Though I’m not sure if you need a VPN for that..just try!

    @ David,
    Thanks a lot for your kind words! 🙂

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  • December 28, 2012 at 12:37 am
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    @Laura
    Muchas Gracias,I will do,plus I don’t need VPN for that,not a quite.

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  • December 28, 2012 at 7:23 am
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    Hha I like this story
    I’m from Dalian
    I University in Qingdao
    I know she was in Hangzhou Lol Good luck

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  • December 28, 2012 at 7:17 pm
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    @dingjie,
    How do you if she was or was not in Hangzhou?.

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  • December 28, 2012 at 7:41 pm
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    Ohhhhh Me Gusto !!! ohhhh 🙂

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  • December 28, 2012 at 8:10 pm
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    Nice to see this couple! I come from a Latin country too and I know is not common, is more common to see couples from other countries but not Spanish-Chinese.
    Wish them all the best!

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  • January 2, 2013 at 3:37 am
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    @ Bruce,
    Thanks for the “likes”!
    Thumbs up!

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