I have just arrived at Chongqing airport on this Friday in early June 2012 and am taking a cab to my hostel. After the usual small talk the cab driver points at my jeans and asks:
“Foreigners really like wearing jeans, don’t they?”
I: “We do. Don’t Chinese people like wearing jeans too?”
He: “Chinese people prefer to wear normal trousers. Are you sure you want to live in that hostel? The area the hostel is located in is really old and not very central.
I: “That doesn’t matter. I still want to go there.”
He: “You can live with me and my wife. We love foreigners. We hardly get the chance to chat with them. We’d be delighted to have you stay at our place.”
I: “That’s very nice, thanks, but I don’t want to be a burden.”
He: “You’d really be welcome.”
I: “Thanks, but I’ve already booked a room.”
He: “That’s a pity. You know, Chinese people really love foreigners!”
Have you ever been invited to stay at a stranger’s place in a foreign country?