Ping Su Adores Slovenia
She is so used to living in Slovenia that she cannot even imagine a possible return to China. After the wedding, she and her husband decided that each year Ping Su would visit her family. However, a trip to China with two children is an extremely tedious affair.
This year, four of them visited the hometown of Ping Su. She remembers that it took her children a while to get used to the local food, climate and language. Ping Su was very happy meeting her relatives who had not visited her in Slovenia. In China, it is a very troublesome and costly process to get a visa to travel abroad. Ping Su says that the current state of the economy in China is far from rosy. Once the inhabitants of her native town used to be more open-minded. However, today all of them are more concerned about their own life and income, so the Ping Su’s family has not yet seen her new home.
Meanwhile, Ping Su does not suffer from an excessive nostalgia for her homeland. She is very independent and can take care of herself. In addition, the husband’s family accepted her so openly and cordially that in Ihan she feels at home. Her mother-in-law Helena and father-in-law Marjan look after the children when she works with clients, and their great-grandmother Ivanka enjoys playing with her beloved great-grandson. Children know two languages, both Slovenian and Chinese. Ping Su’s 18-month-old daughter Lina utters only a few words, but fully understands her mom.
Ping Su is delighted with Slovenia! She notes that the Slovenes are very friendly to foreigners and all the people with whom she communicates are always happy to help her finding the right word. She adds critically that sometimes it is still difficult for her to choose words. “I would love to learn more new words, so I always ask locals how to name this or that thing,” she says with a smile. At the beginning of their family life, Ping Su communicated with her husband mostly in English and a little in German, but now they talk only in Slovenian.
Slovenia immediately won her heart, though, being a foreigner, she enjoys far less privileges in work than the locals do. In this regard, she notes that the Slovenes are behaving quite tough. In Slovenia, there are several laws that strictly regulate the business activities of foreigners. Nevertheless, Ping Su is naturally an optimist. She believes that her business will grow gradually. Now she has to pay a lot of attention to children, and later the time for her career will come.
A Good Attitude Is the Key to Success!
She and her husband love to invite friends and relatives to their home. They treat their guests with Slovenian and Chinese dishes. Ping Su loves to cook rice, fried vegetables and chicken chopped into small pieces, but most of all they love her specialties, such as “jing jiang rou si”, which is roast pork with leek, and “jing shao qie zi”, which is fried eggplant in soya sauce.
She loves Slovenian dishes as well, especially “Obara” (a stew cooked from various kinds of meat and internal organs), which her father-in-law cooks, as well as blood sausages with potatoes and sauerkraut cooked by her mother-in-law. Even without being a sweet tooth, Ping Su loves the apple pie cooked by her husband’s grandmother Ivanka.
Ping Su’s name in Chinese means a type of local algae, and the easiest way to describe her surname is to use the verb “wake up”. Her life path is not strewn with roses, but because of her mood, confidence and charm, she can overcome any obstacles.
Love has played a special role in her life. This was the feeling that brought Ping Su to the country on the sunny side of the Alps. This fact is felt in her attitude to husband and children, and in her attitude to the parents-in-law and all the people that are part of her new family. Therefore, Ping Su is simply happy in her new homeland!
Text: Vesna Sivec Poljanšek
Photos: Andraž Gregorič, personal archive