Friday’s Foreigner: Pedro
Hello, lovely readers. This week I’d like to introduce you to someone who is relatively new to the Blue City, Pedro Rodrigues!
Check out our previous interviews here, and check back next week to meet someone else!
What’s your name, where are you from, what brought you to Hohhot and when did you arrive?
My name is Pedro Rodrigues and I am from Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal. I am a football coach and I arrived here in the last days of October 2015 to teach football.
What have been some of your professional successes in your industry?
Of course, before being a football coach I was a football player! As a player I won three times the District Championship of Porto in U9, U10 and U12, one time the International Pontinha Tournament in U12 and I was series Champion in U16 of the District Championship of Porto. As a Football Coach I was two consecutive times series champion in U18 of the District Championship of Porto and I won the São João de Ver Tournament in U11.
If you have free time, what do you do with it?
Yes, I have free time and I enjoy it a lot. I like to see movies on the cinema, read books, go to the gym and stroll into town…
Tell us something about your pre-Hohhot life that most people here don’t know.
My life before Hohhot was particularly linked to teaching physical education and football. I was giving physical education classes in a public school and I was football coach of the first team of Lamas Union Football Club.
Favorite local food and where you like to get it:
I am a person who likes very much to eat and unfortunately I cannot say the names of Chinese restaurants which I usually go, because for me is hard to pronounce the name and is difficult to write in English. I don´t know the name, but I can tell that I like to eat a kind of bread with vegetables and meat inside. However, I usually go to restaurants with international food and of course I know the name of them, it is the Fanier and the Seven Pizza Bar.
If you could make one city-wide change to Hohhot, what would it be?
For sure, I would like to have a subway in the city.
What has been the most surprising aspect of life here?
For me this is the first time in China, so of course it was the traffic on the streets and the way the Chinese people drive the cars.
What’s the funniest thing you’ve experienced here?
I think you will laugh a lot. The funniest thing that I have experienced here was after a dinner in a barbecue restaurant. I try to speak in Chinese and I call the waiter, but instead of saying that I want the bill I said that she was sexy, I confuse the Chinese words. You know, it was embarrassing, my friend was laughing, I turn red in seconds, I understood my mistake and I made what I need to do, I apologized to her. After I said the correct word to ask the bill, me and my friend laughed a lot.
What is the kindest thing a local has ever done for you?
I cannot specify a moment or a local, everyone has been nice, welcoming and polite with me.
What advice would you give to someone just arriving to Hohhot?
Come to Hohhot and bring warm clothes.
Where do you go to “escape?”
I enjoy a lot two things to put my mind where no one can disturb me, when I´m running in the gym or listening music and walking in the city.
When your time here is done and you return home, what do you want to take with you?
I want to take all the good and bad memories that can make me better and more competent and professional. I hope with this experience, in another country with a different culture, I can become a better football coach.
If someone is interested in your program, who can they contact?
The people who want more information about Winning League Football Academy can call to this number 13171090089 or 13304712425.