Writer, journalist and adventurer Sanmao was born in China in 1943. She was full of life and travelled around Spain, Germany and many other countries. In 1973 she travelled with a burden on her shoulders, as her then fiancé had passed away just days before their wedding. Being true to her get up and go attitude and quite different from other women of her time, Sanmao chose not to live by daily customs, but to go to Spain and get on with her life.
Without any of the technology and communications we take for granted today, the lack of awareness of Asiatic culture compared to the Western world was simply enormous, and contact between the two cultures was tiny or non-existent for the great majority.
In Spain, Sanmao met up with José María Quero, whom she had first met in a previous trip when the young man, who was eight years younger than she was, was just fifteen years old. Now he was 22, Sanmao saw he was of sturdy character. Not without a certain reticence at the beginning, they would become partners for life.