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20. How Do I Say “I’m Lost”?

Susan Spano Roaring Forties Press ePub

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HOW DO I SAY “I’M LOST”?

A Chinese proverb perfectly sums up the months I spent studying Mandarin in Beijing: To suffer and learn, one pays a high price, but a fool can’t learn any other way.

The infamously difficult Chinese language could make a fool out of anyone. Standard Chinese, known as Mandarin or putonghua, has tens of thousands of characters, many taking more than 20 strokes to write, and a transliteration system called pinyin that expresses Chinese words in the 26 letter Latin alphabet of English. The grammar seems deceptively simple. But consider such anomalies as noun classifiers known as “measure words” and rules of sentence construction that put objects before verbs. To make matters infinitely worse, Mandarin is a tonal language. In effect, the same pinyin word has four totally different meanings depending on the intonation indicated.

Chinese is spoken by more than 20 percent of the people in the world. But while studying it at Beijing Language and Culture University, I often wondered how Chinese children ever learn to speak. Generally, I felt like a child, or at least deeply humbled. But on those rare occasions when I could read a sign or tell a cashier I didn’t have any small change I felt like Alexander the Great at the gates of Persepolis.

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5 SAN JUAN ATT RACTIONS

John Marino FrommerMedia ePub

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San Juan Attractions

The Spanish began to settle in the area now known as Old San Juan around 1521. At the outset, the city was called Puerto Rico (“Rich Port”), and the whole island was known as San Juan. Today, the streets are narrow and teeming with traffic, but a walk through Old San Juan—in Spanish, El Viejo San Juan—makes for a good stroll. It’s the biggest and best collection of historic buildings, stretching back 5 centuries, in all the Caribbean, and you can do it in less than a day. Some visitors have likened it to a “Disney park with an Old World theme,” since even fast food restaurants and junk stores are housed in historic buildings. In this historic 7-square-block area of the western side of the city, you can see many of Puerto Rico’s chief sightseeing attractions and do some shopping along the way.

On the other hand, you might want to plop down on the sand with a drink or get outside and play. “Diving, Fishing, Tennis & Other Outdoor Pursuits,” later in this chapter, describes the beaches and sports in the San Juan area.

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Pacific Rim National Park Reserve

Michelin Michelin ePub

80mi northeast of Medford on Rte. 62. Open daily year-round. $10/vehicle. t 541-594-3000. www.nps.gov/crla. Steel Visitor Center open late Apr–early Nov daily 9am–5pm; rest of the year daily 10am–4pm; closed Dec 25. Rim Visitor Center open late May–late Sept 9:30am–5pm.

Crater Lake National Park
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Crater Lake (elevation 1,932ft) is the world's deepest volcanic lake. The sapphire-blue lake rests in the basin of a collapsed volcano, surrounded by steep-walled cliffs. Wizard Island, a volcanic cinder cone, rises at its west end.

Ringed by mountains tinged with snow much of the year, the 6mi diameter lake attracts hikers and sightseers from around the world. The lake—so renowned for its clarity that its water has set new standards for water purity—was formed when the cataclysmic eruption of Mount Mazama 7,700 years ago created a bowl-shaped caldera that filled with snowmelt.

One of the most scenic drives in the world, 33mi loop Crater Rim Driveaaa has more than 20 overlooks, but there are ample other attractions here as well, including hikes through mid-elevation pine forests, and the famed boat touraa to Wizard Island.

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TREMÉ AND FAUBOURG MARIGNY

Michelin Travel & Lifestyle ePub

DISCOVERING

TREMÉ AND
FAUBOURG
MARIGNY

Walking east from the tourist driven French Quarter gives you a different take on the city. The Tremé and Faubourg Marigny neighborhoods have a historic past as the original location for Creole settlers. At the turn of the 19C, French-speaking freed black slaves, working class whites, and other immigrants settled in the area.

Tremé is arguably the oldest African American neighborhood in the country—it was definitely the first neighborhood where freed slaves were able to own property, and many free persons of color had land here. Tremé has several museums dedicated to African American life, history and culture, including The African American Museum and The Backstreet Cultural Museum where visitors can see artifacts from New Orleans traditions such as Mardi Gras and jazz music.

The neigborhood is home to the Louis Armstrong Park, dedicated to the famous jazz musician, as well as St. Louis Cemetery No 1, the final resting place of many of New Orleans’ prominent figures.

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Medellín and the Inner Northwest

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Medellín and the Inner Northwest

Tierra Paisa—the lands that encompass Medellín, its surrounding rural areas and the Zona Cafetera—is blessed with fertile, sweeping terrain characterized by banana plantations, coffee fields, dramatic valleys and soaring volcanoes. Sleepy colonial villages seemingly stuck in time provide a stark contrast to the sophisticated urban chic and ultra-sleek modernity of Medellín, the prosperous capital of Antioquia. As the center of Paisa Country’s cultural scene, Medellín boasts a long-standing patrimony of the arts, finding expression in innumerable theaters, orchestras, operatic companies, ballets and comedy clubs. Having emerged from darker years of conflict, Medellín has been reborn as one of the nation’s most progressive and safest cities, and has taken its place again in the global community.

Highlights

1 Marvel at Medellín’s spectacular array of urban outdoor art, iconic landmark buildings and space-age structures, all symbols of the city’s rebirth

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