We don’t “talk” anymore… 🎵 We don’t travel anymore 🎵 We don’t go out anymore like we used to do 🎵 那又如何？待在家一样可以长见识 不信？看看吧！ 这一集邀请Fearless Passport的Yeeven来到我们节目 This time we’ve invited Yeeven from Fearless Passport to join us. 我们会谈谈 We’ll talk about the following.
人们为什么想要旅游？ Why do people want to travel? 为什么我们不想再去旅游? Why we don’t want to travel again? 如果不去旅行的话，有什么方法可以达到一样的目的 If you don’t travel, is there any way to achieve the same goal?
This channel is about Western and Eastern cultures, things beyond the eyes of tourists, and share the best tips for learning languages, brought to you by Alice, who speaks 6 languages and traveled to 50 countries around the world. I recommend using the video here for listening practice! [The following article is written in Chinese and English]
Este canal trata sobre las culturas occidentales y orientales, cosas más allá de los ojos de los turistas, y comparte los mejores consejos para aprender idiomas, presentados por Alice, quien habla 6 idiomas y viajó a 50 países de todo el mundo. ¡Recomiendo usar el video aquí para practicar listening! [El siguiente artículo está escrito en chino e inglés]
通6种语言、旅居各地环游世界50国的小爱Alice，和你分享东西文化及纯旅游不知道的事，还可以用来学语言哦！ Zhège píndào shì…Tōng 6 zhǒng yǔyán, lǚjū gèdì huán yóu shìjiè 50 guó de xiǎo ài Alice, hé nǐ fēnxiǎng dōngxī wénhuà jí chún lǚyóu bù zhīdào de shì.Hái kěyǐ yòng lái xué yǔyán ó! This channel is about Western and Eastern cultures and things beyond the eyes of tourists, brought to you by Alice, who speaks 6 languages and traveled to 50 countries around the world. You can also use it to learn languages here! Este canal trata sobre las culturas occidentales y orientales y cosas más allá de los ojos de los turistas, presentado por Alice, que habla 6 idiomas y viajó a 50 países de todo el mundo.¡También se puede utilizar para aprender idiomas!
What do Europeans eat for breakfast? Fun fact: They don’t actually eat like this. I like to eat something salty in the morning, and most of them eat something sweet such as yogurt with fruit, bread spread with jam, and coffee milk. My type of breakfast is only common in restaurants and hotels as they usually eat something savory later in the day!
¿Qué desayunan los europeos? Dato curioso: en realidad no lo comen así. Me gusta comer algo salado por las mañanas y la mayoría come algo dulce como yogur con fruta, pan untado con mermelada y café con leche. Mi tipo de desayuno solo es común en restaurantes y hoteles, ¡ya que generalmente comen algo sabroso más tarde en el día!
最近早餐吃得不错，想和大家分享一下简单丰盛甜甜咸咸的健康欧式早餐鸡肉香肠加苹果丁 Zuìjìn zǎocān chī dé bùcuò, xiǎng hé dàjiā fēnxiǎng yīxià jiǎndān fēngshèng tián tián xián xián de jiànkāng ōushì zǎocān jīròu xiāngcháng jiā píngguǒ dīng I’ve been having some good breakfast recently. I would like to share with you a simple, hearty, sweet, and savory healthy European breakfast with chicken sausage and diced apple. Recientemente he estado desayunando bien. Me gustaría compartir con ustedes un desayuno europeo saludable, sencillo, abundante, dulce y salado con salchicha de pollo y manzana en cubitos.
Where is Chinese New Year celebrated? 世界上有哪些地方庆祝春节？
You might say in China of course but it’s not only there. To answer this question correctly, we need to zoom out and look beyond just the name of the country and think globally about Chinese people and their culture.
There’s a so-called The Chinese Cultural Circle (中华 / 汉字文化圈Zhōnghuá/ hànzì wénhuà quān) which encompasses China and its surrounding areas which used to be a part of China at some point in time or were in a close political relationship with The Chinese empire. Therefore both North and South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Myanmar, Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, even Mauritius in East Africa all have Chinese New Year celebrations. Needless to say, it is also popular in Chinatowns around the world. It’s believed that 1/6 of the world population participates in Chinese New Year festivities. In fact, you can say where the Chinese are, the culture is present!
In the mid 19th century, due to the fall of the Chinese empire, 4 more ports were forced to open to cover the West’s ever-growing demand for tea, spices, porcelain, and silk…Because of that, a lot of workers that were working at the only harbor in Guangdong lost their jobs. *The only harbor that was opened due to the Close-door Diplomatic Policies of China was in Guangzhou (in Guandong province), near Hong Kong, where the Opium war with the British took place.
Zài 19 shìjì zhōngyè, mǎn qīng zhèngfǔ mòqí, yǐ mǎnzú xīfāng duì chá, xiāngliào, cíqì hé sīchóu bùduàn zēngzhǎng de xūqiú,4 gè gǎngkǒu bèi pò kāifàng. Yīncǐ, xǔduō zài guǎngdōng wéiyī dì gǎngkǒu gōngzuò de rén shīqùle shēngjì. *Yóuyú mǎn qīng de suǒguó zhèngcè, wéiyī kāifàng dì gǎngkǒu shì zài xiānggǎng fùjìn de guǎngzhōu (guǎngdōng shěng), yěshì yǔ yīngguó de yāpiàn zhànzhēng fāshēng de suǒzàidì.
If you think the history of African slavery was cruel, “Chinese Volunteer” was the later version of it. With the ban of African slavery, some western countries like Spain, Portuguese and The Netherlands started importing cheap labors from China and India to work at different plantations, mines, construction sites of bridges and railways, even battlefields. Like that people were sent to different parts of the world, to the U.S., Canada, Cuba, Peru…
Some people from the West like to joke around saying Chinese people came like a plague and spread everywhere. But very often they forgot about the history of colonization. Chinese workers were brought to the West by their ancestors and some were even tricked to work under very harsh conditions and were treated unfairly. For the Chinese, it wasn’t intentional, it was all about survival. It was a matter of life and death of the whole family, many took only one-time advance payment or just a broken promise in hope to save the family from dying of hunger. A great deal of them never made it back to their homeland to see their loved love ones. Some lucky ones had their names carved on their gravestones in a foreign land but many of them just got forgotten in history.
You might be able to recognize them through the faces of their offsprings like I have some friends from Central and South America, Thailand, Indonesia whose grandpa or grandma were Chinese, some could even speak my grandmother’s dialect! And good things did happen too as many revolutionists like the founding father of the Republic of China “Sun Yat-sen” was in fact one of those overseas Chinese (华人huá rén). With the termination of hunger, they were able to pursue something far greater with the resources abroad and were able to collaborate together to overthrow the Chinese Empire in 1911 (满清帝国Mǎn qīng dìguó).
Nín yěxǔ kěyǐ tòuguò tāmen de hòudài de miànkǒng lái rèn chū tāmen, jiù xiàng wǒ yǒu yīxiē láizì zhōngnán měizhōu, tàiguó, yìndùníxīyà de péngyǒu, tāmen de zǔfù huò zǔmǔ shì zhōngguó rén, shènzhì yǒuxiē rén huì shuō wǒ zǔmǔ de fāngyán, yǒu tāxiāng yù gùzhī de gǎnjué! Lìshǐ shàng yě quèshí yīncǐ fāshēngle hǎoshì, yīnwèi xǔduō gémìng zhǔyì zhě, lìrú zhōnghuá mínguó kāiguó zhī fù “sūnzhōngshān”, tā jiùshì dāngshí hǎiwài de huáqiáo zhī yī. Bù zài jī’è de qíngkuàng xià, tāmen zhuīqiú gèng gāo jìngjiè de zìyóu, tāmen lìyòng guówài de zīyuán nèiwài hézuò, tuīfānle 1911 nián de mǎn qīng.
It truly was one of the major migrations in human history and that’s why you can see Chinese everywhere today. It’s sad to talk about it. But what would be even sadder is not understanding the history and not learning from it. I am definitely not saying that the East should hate the West, the same thing happen so many times in history and different places. Colonization or let’s say politics is a game of powers, the wealthy exploit the poor and it happens everywhere even beyond the colors of skin. To diminish local powers to gain better control, the rulers would kill all the locals and build the place from scratch, like the massacres in America and Indonesia. Or crusaders fought in the name of Christianity. Some softer measures would be forbidding locals to trade, to get a decent job, and impose a lot of tax like what happened in Ireland (Northern Irish Conflict). For sure, somethings like this are still happening today one way or the other.
这些历史事件教了我们什么？ What is the history trying to teach us?
So what did these historical events tell us? It’s telling us that drawing a line, choosing a side, putting a label, and being divided has always been the start of misunderstanding and trigger of war and is NEVER the answer. Feminism, racism, nationalism, LGBT, you name it. The world IS full of possibilities and differences. I believe mutual understanding and love can be the ultimate answer to all. Let me know what you think with a comment below!
可能有些人说到这个会害羞，我以前也好奇，现在都见怪不怪了。 这件事就是：体毛！ 西方人体毛很多？而且很多颜色？ Kěnéng yǒurén shuō dào zhège huì hàixiū, wǒ yǐqián yě hàoqí, xiànzài dōu jiànguài bù guàile. Zhè jiàn shì jiùshì: Tǐmáo! Xīfāng réntǐ máo hěnduō? Érqiě hěnduō yánsè? Maybe some people will be shy when it comes to this. I was curious before, but now it seems pretty normal to me. This thing is Body Hair! Does a westerner have a lot of hair on their body? And in many colors? Quizás algunas personas sean tímidas cuando se trata de esto. Yo tenía curiosidad antes, pero ahora me parece bastante normal. ¡Esto es el vello corporal! ¿Un occidental tiene mucho vello en el cuerpo? ¿Y en muchos colores?
【Acapoti 喝杯茶看世界】由曾和100多个国家的人共事，旅居各地环游世界回来的小爱Alice，来告诉你们我观察到的现象。 [Acapoti hē bēi chá kàn shìjiè] yóu céng hé 100 duō gè guójiā de rén gòngshì, lǚjū gèdì huán yóu shìjiè huílái de xiǎo ài Alice, lái gàosù nǐmen wǒ guānchá dào de xiànxiàng. [Acapoti – Explore The World Over A Cup Of Tea] Alice, who has worked with people from more than 100 countries and traveled around the world, will tell you what she has observed. [Acapoti-Explora el mundo con una taza de té] Alice, que ha trabajado con personas de más de 100 países y viajado por todo el mundo, te contará lo que ha observado.
百变的发色 Colorful hair
在影片里可以看到这位西班牙模特的胡须有三个不同的颜色， 有红白黑。红色的部分比较早变白，现在看到白色的部分以前都是红色的。他出生的时候是金发碧眼，之后随着年纪增长慢慢变深。现在可以看到有些毛的根部，是红色有的是金色之后才是白色或黑色，同一根毛就有不同层次的颜色。 Zài yǐngpiàn lǐ kěyǐ kàn dào zhè wèi xībānyá mótè de húxū yǒusān gè bùtóng de yánsè, yǒu hóng bái hēi. Hóngsè de bùfèn bǐjiào zǎo biàn bái, xiànzài kàn dào báisè de bùfèn yǐqián dōu shì hóngsè de. Tā chūshēng de shíhòu shì jīnfǎ bìyǎn, zhīhòu suízhe niánjì zēngzhǎng màn man biàn shēn. Xiànzài kěyǐ kàn dào yǒuxiē máo de gēnbù, shì hóngsè yǒudeshì jīnsè zhīhòu cái shì báisè huò hēisè, tóngyī gēnmáo jiù yǒu bùtóng céngcì de yánsè. In the video, you can see that the Spanish model’s beard has three different colors, red, white, and black. The red part turned white earlier, and now the white parts were all red before. When he was born, he was blond and blue-eyed, then the color grew deeper with age. Now you can see that the roots of some hairs are red and some are golden. The same hair can have different colors. En el video se puede ver que la barba de la modelo española tiene tres colores diferentes, rojo, blanco y negro. La parte roja se volvió blanca antes, y ahora las partes blancas eran todas rojas antes. Cuando nació, era rubio y de ojos azules, luego el color se hizo más oscuro con la edad. Ahora puedes ver que las raíces de algunos pelos son rojas y otras doradas. El mismo cabello puede tener diferentes colores.
发量 Amount of hair
接下来说发量，南欧、中东、非洲应该也是这样，他们的毛隙孔不是一个孔一根毛，有二根三根到四根都有，或是聚集地比较近。胸部、背部甚至腹部都有很多毛，能想到的地方几乎都有毛，不好意思，其他地方就不给你们看啦…还有东西方人头发结构都不同，如果你把头发横切放在显微镜下观察，就可以发现，东方直发是因为圆形构造、扁平、椭圆形的话就会造就发丝不同程度卷曲。他头发如果不剪，会是小卷的类似非洲人的那种Afro Hair，就是我们说的爆炸头。 Jiē xiàlái shuō fā liàng, nán’ōu, zhōngdōng, fēizhōu yīnggāi yěshì zhèyàng, tāmen de máo xì kǒng bùshì yīgè kǒng yī gēnmáo, yǒu èr gēn sāngēn dào sì gēn dōu yǒu, huò shì jùjí de bǐjiào jìn. Xiōngbù, bèibù shènzhì fùbù dōu yǒu hěnduō máo, néng xiǎngdào dì dìfāng jīhū dōu yǒu máo, bù hǎoyìsi, qítā dìfāng jiù bù gěi nǐmen kàn la…hái yǒu dōngxī fāng rén tóufǎ jiégòu dōu bùtóng, rúguǒ nǐ bǎ tóufǎ héng qiē fàng zài xiǎnwéijìng xià guānchá, jiù kěyǐ fāxiàn, dōngfāng zhí fā shì yīn wéi shì yóu yuán xíng gòuzào ér chéng, biǎnpíng, luǎn xíng, tuǒyuán xíng dehuà jiùshì zàojiù fā sī bùtóng chéngdù juǎnqū de yuányīn. Tā de tóufǎ rúguǒ bù jiǎn, huì shì xiǎo juǎn de lèisì fēizhōu rén dì nà zhǒng Afro Hair, jiùshì wǒmen shuō de bàozhà tóu. Next, let’s talk about hair volume. Southern Europe, the Middle East, and Africa should be the same. Their pores could come with multiple hairs, two, three even four at once, or they grow very closely together. There are a lot of hairs on the chest, back, and even the abdomen. There are hairs in almost all places you can think of. I’m sorry, but I can’t show you other places…By the way, different hair structures can be found between Eastern and Western hair types. With a microscope, you can find that the straight hair, often seen in the East, is made of a round structure while a flat, oval shape represents the west which would cause different curls. If his hair is not cut, it will be a small curly Afro Hair similar to the African style, which is what we call an “exploded hairstyle” in Chinese. A continuación, hablemos del volumen del cabello. El sur de Europa, Oriente Medio y África deberían ser iguales. Sus poros pueden tener varios pelos, dos, tres incluso cuatro a la vez, o pueden crecer muy juntos. Hay muchos pelos en el pecho, la espalda e incluso el abdomen. Hay pelos en casi todos los lugares que se te ocurran. Lo siento, pero no puedo mostrarte otros lugares … Por cierto, se pueden encontrar diferentes estructuras de cabello entre los tipos de cabello orientales y occidentales. Con un microscopio, puede encontrar que el cabello liso, que a menudo se ve en el este, está hecho de una estructura redonda, mientras que una forma plana y ovalada representa el oeste, lo que causaría diferentes rizos. Si su cabello no está cortado, será un pequeño cabello afro rizado similar al estilo africano, que es lo que llamamos un “peinado explosionado” en chino.
西方人体毛比华人多，而且很多颜色，没错。 但西方人的毛发也分很多种，细细软软的浅色系到浓浓的黑发都有，主要要看他祖先是从哪里来。欧洲越北部，发色越浅发质越细。这是因为生活在日照相对较少的寒带地区，紫外线较少，皮肤和毛发内黑色素含量较少，久而久之便形成了金黄色的头发，这是人类进化、适应环境的显现。发色主要分为金色、不同深浅的亚麻色、咖啡色、红色和黑色。 Xīfāng réntǐ máo bǐ huárén duō, érqiě hěnduō yánsè, méi cuò. Dàn xīfāng rén de máofǎ yě fēn hěnduō zhǒng, xì xìruǎn ruǎn de qiǎn sè xì dào nóng nóng de hēi fǎ dōu yǒu, zhǔyào yào kàn tā zǔxiān shi cóng nǎlǐ lái. Ōuzhōu yuè běibù, fā sè yuè qiǎn fā zhì yuè xì. Zhè shì yīn wéi shēnghuó zài rìzhào xiàng duì jiào shǎo de hándài dìqū, zǐwàixiàn jiào shǎo, pífū hé máofǎ nèi hēisèsù hánliàng jiào shǎo, jiǔ’érjiǔzhī biàn xíngchéngle jīn huángsè de tóufǎ, zhè shì rénlèi jìnhuà, shìyìng huánjìng de xiǎnxiàn. Fā sè zhǔyào fēn wéi jīnsè, bùtóng shēnqiǎn de yàmá sè, kāfēisè, hóngsè hé hēisè. Westerners have more hair than Chinese and there are many colors. But Westerners also have many types of hair, ranging from soft, light-colored to thick black hair, depending on where their ancestors came from. The more northern Europe, the lighter and finer the hair. This is because living in a cold zone with less exposure to sunlight, less ultraviolet rays, less melanin content in the skin and hair, and golden hair is formed over time. This is a manifestation of human evolution and adaptation to the environment. Hair color is mainly divided into gold, different shades of linen, brown, red, and black. Los occidentales tienen más cabello que los chinos y hay muchos colores. Pero los occidentales también tienen muchos tipos de cabello, que van desde el cabello suave y de color claro hasta el cabello negro grueso, dependiendo de dónde vinieron sus antepasados. Cuanto más al norte de Europa, más claro y fino es el cabello. Esto se debe a que vivir en una zona fría con menos exposición a la luz solar, menos rayos ultravioleta, menos contenido de melanina en la piel y el cabello, y el cabello dorado se forma con el tiempo. Esta es una manifestación de la evolución humana y la adaptación al medio ambiente. El color del cabello se divide principalmente en dorado, diferentes tonos de lino, marrón, rojo y negro.
西班牙人的头发，我觉得和他们的历史有关，头发和非洲还有中东人比较像，加上这边日照比较充足，黑色素比较多，但是祖源很多是北欧迁移过来的凯尔特族，白皮肤、浅色头发、浅色眼珠的人也满多的，但是真的比较不会被晒伤，我朋友擦防晒只擦鼻子。 我也有个朋友金发碧眼但从来没被晒伤不用做防晒，他说是因为他有四分之一美洲印地安人血统，所以基因这个东西真的很难说… Xībānyá rén de tóufǎ, wǒ juédé hé tāmen de lìshǐ yǒuguān, tóufǎ hé fēizhōu hái yǒu zhòng dōng rén bǐjiào xiàng, jiā shàng zhè biān rìzhào bǐjiào chōngzú, hēisèsù bǐjiào duō, dànshì zǔ yuán hěnduō shì běi’ōu qiānyí guòlái de kǎi ěr tè zú, bái pífū, qiǎn sè tóufǎ, qiǎn sè yǎnzhū de rén yě mǎn duō de, dànshì zhēn de bǐjiào bù huì bèi shài shāng, wǒ péngyǒu cā fángshài zhǐ cā bízi. Wǒ yěyǒu gè péngyǒu jīnfǎ bìyǎn dàn cónglái méi bèi shài shāng bùyòng zuò fángshài, tā shuō shì yīnwèi tā yǒu sì fēn zhī yī měizhōu yìn dì ān rén xuètǒng, suǒyǐ jīyīn zhège dōngxī zhēn de hěn nánshuō… I think the hair of the Spanish people is related to their history. The hair is more similar to those from Africa and the Middle East. In addition, there is more sunshine and more melanin, but many of their ancestral origins are Celtic who migrated from Northern Europe. That’s why there are a lot of people with light-colored hair, eye, and skin tone. But it’s true they are less likely to get sunburned. My friend wipes only his nose with sunscreen. I also have a friend with blond hair and blue eyes who has never been sunburned and does not need to use sunscreen. She said that because she has a quarter of American Indian ancestry. Genes are a mysterious thing… Creo que el cabello de los españoles está relacionado con su historia. El cabello es más similar a los de África y Oriente Medio. Además, hay más sol y más melanina, pero muchos de sus orígenes ancestrales son celtas que emigraron del norte de Europa. Es por eso que hay muchas personas con cabello, ojos y tono de piel de color claro. Pero es cierto que es menos probable que se quemen con el sol. Mi amigo solo se limpia la nariz con protector solar. También tengo un amigo de cabello rubio y ojos azules que nunca se ha quemado con el sol y no necesita usar protector solar. Ella dijo eso porque tiene una cuarta parte de ascendencia india americana. Los genes son algo misterioso …
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西班牙做为旅游国度，应该有很多好吃的吧？ Xībānyá zuò wèi lǚyóu guódù, yīnggāi yǒu hěnduō hào chī de ba? Spain, as a tourist country, should have a lot of delicious food, right? España, como país turístico, debería tener mucha comida deliciosa, ¿verdad?
嗯，要看你个人的喜好，如果你喜欢简单口味的甜食，这次的甜点可能适合你！ Ń, yào kàn nǐ gèrén de xǐhào, rúguǒ nǐ xǐhuān jiǎndān kǒuwèi de tiánshí, zhè cì de tiándiǎn kěnéng shìhé nǐ! Well, it depends on your personal preference. If you like simple sweets, this dessert might be for you! Bueno, depende de tus preferencias personales, si te gustan los dulces sencillos, ¡este postre puede ser para ti!
【Acapoti 喝杯茶看世界】今天旅居各地环游世界回来的小爱Alice，介绍西班牙圣诞节新年期间限定甜点Polvorón, Mazapán，快吃完了，赶快拍你看。 [Acapoti hē bēi chá kàn shìjiè] jīntiān lǚjū gèdì huán yóu shìjiè huílái de xiǎo ài Alice, jièshào xībānyá shèngdàn jié xīnnián qíjiān xiàndìng tiándiǎn Polvorón, Mazapán, kuài chī wánliǎo, gǎnkuài pāi nǐ kàn. [Acapoti – Have a cup of tea and see the world] Alice, who came back from traveling around the world, will introduce Polvorón and Mazapán as they’re only available during the Christmas and New Year period in Spain. So let’s make a video for you before they’re all gone. [Acapoti-Tómate una taza de té y mira el mundo] Alice, que regresó de viajar por el mundo, presentará Polvorón y Mazapán ya que solo están disponibles durante el período de Navidad y Año Nuevo en España. Así que hagamos un video para ti antes de que se vayan todos.
源自于11世纪的甜点 Dates back to the 11th century
天冷需要热量，来看看十字军东征时留下来的能量补充品！天冷心不冷哦！ Tiān lěng xūyào rèliàng, lái kàn kàn shízì jūn dōng zhēng shí liú xiàlái de néngliàng bǔchōng pǐn! Tiān lěng xīn bù lěng ó! It burns more calories in a cold day (winter). We need energy. Let’s take a look at the energy supplements trace back to the Crusades! It’s cold and but I hope you find something to warm your heart! Quema más calorías en un día frío (invierno). Necesitamos energía. ¡Echemos un vistazo a los suplementos energéticos que se remontan a las Cruzadas! ¡Hace frío y espero que encuentres algo para calentar tu corazón!
今天小爱就要來試吃西班牙传统甜点Polvorón和Mazapán，看到底好不好吃？ Jīntiān xiǎo ài jiù yào lái shì chī xībānyá chuántǒng tiándiǎn Polvorón hé Mazapán, kàn dàodǐ hǎobù hào chī? Today, Xiao Ai is coming to try the traditional Spanish desserts Polvorón and Mazapán. Are they delicious? Hoy, Xiao Ai viene a probar los tradicionales postres españoles Polvorón y Mazapán. ¿Son deliciosos?
很多西班牙的甜点都是用这边产的杏仁加上糖做的传统点心。 Hěnduō xībānyá de tiándiǎn dōu shì yòng zhè biān chǎn de xìngrén jiā shàng táng zuò de chuántǒng diǎnxīn. Many Spanish desserts are traditional desserts made with almonds grown here and sugar. Muchos postres españoles son postres tradicionales elaborados con almendras cultivadas aquí y azúcar.
Polvorón就是杏仁粉加糖、面粉和猪油做成的糕饼。 Polvorón jiùshì xìngrén fěn jiātáng, miànfěn hé zhū yóu zuò chéng de gāobǐng. Polvorón is a pastry made of almond flour, sugar, flour and lard. El polvorón es una pasta elaborada con harina de almendras, azúcar, harina y manteca de cerdo.
口感和味道都很像中国的綠豆糕和贡糖。 Kǒugǎn hé wèidào dōu hěn xiàng zhōngguó de lǜdòugāo hé gòng táng. The texture and taste are very similar to mung bean cake and peanut candy from China. La textura y el sabor son muy similares al pastel de frijol mungo y al caramelo de maní de China.
My roomie, Caitriona, 5 years younger than me, a chemical engineer from Ireland. She did her Erasmus study in France and briefly worked in The Nederlands. Soon she realized the previous job wasn’t for her and wanted to travel to Brazil. There she became an English teacher and that’s when she found her calling being a teacher. Then she began her journey teaching in different places like Scotland and Portugal. On the cruise, she was an volunteer English teacher.
We’re very much alike. For example, when we were first introduced to each other, it was when Peace Boat announced the name of the roommate. Instead of other people shaking hands, doing high-five, we instantly gave each other a big hug as if we have known each other for a long time.
When I was in college, I stayed in a dormitory for 2 months with other 5 girls. I was sleeping on a bunk-bed for more than 10 years. So sharing space with someone else was not an issue for me. Besides, as a single child growing up, I particularly enjoy companies. But little did I know that we would hit it off so well. Here’re some reasons why:
We both love writing journals, enjoy nature and listen to similar types of music and when it comes to love, we even like the same type of guys
In school, we both followed quite some technical trainings so we are not attracted by the girly details
We both had a heart-broken love stories prior to coming on board
When we’re sick, we prefer to let the body heal itself without the help of medication
Our parents divorced during our childhood
I love singing and dancing and she would bring her high energy and keep me company to the end
I like to organize events, she would join and invite everybody to come
I used to do Couchsurfing while she’s the current “couch surfer”, not to mention that we both like travelling and doing volunteer work
We don’t have much desire when it comes to shopping, second hand clothes are just as good
10/10/2018, Peace Boat docked in Tangier, Morocco.
We took the tour bus to visit Tetouan (UNESCO since 1997).
In the old town, the original streets winding like a maze and time seems to have stopped ticking. You can see people doing activities like it was 100 years ago, tailors making clothes, making leather products by hands, and selling sweets and fresh goat cheese without a refrigerator.
The bakery, actually serves as a big public oven (using charcoal that gives the bread a distinctive taste) and people have to make their own dough at home and bring it there to bake. It’s the best place to gossip.
The new town was built by Spanish in 1912, looks just like a shopping street in Spain nowadays. On the right-hand side of the palace, you will find a passage to the Jewish quarter full of empty houses and new Arabic-speaking residents. Many Jews left for Israel in 1948 but the architecture proves their existence with windows and balconies. But it’s not a custom for Arabic people to have windows so they keep them closed and only the invited visitors can see the interior of the house.
Some empty houses have keys on them however locals leave those properties alone and only cover the doors with wood or fabric. They respect the ownership there. They’re waiting quietly for 100 years for those to become state property and get redistributed. When the mosque broadcasts “It’s time for prayers!”, the shopkeepers only cover the goods with fabric but nothing gets stolen.
Another interesting fact: Catholic and Jewish people are only 2% of the Moroccan population but the Catholic church is right next to the mosque. They coexist peacefully!
That day, our group took the car No. 16. When we needed to take turns in the city, I used the little bee (a sound amplifying system) to alert everyone. “Friends from the car number 16, let’s take a right turn here and mind your step when crossing the street. Some people thought that I was saying something like my 16-year-old friends instead of the car-no.-16 friends… So I joked around with them. Yes, that’s right. Today, everyone is 16-year-old. Don’t forget you’re still young! They all laughed… But if we were to take car 5, we would become 5 years old then, haha!😋
2018年10月29日至30日 New York, US 美國紐約 (有帶團但忘了和來自中國東北的導遊照相，去了帝國大廈和Brooklyn看夜景，導遊非常專業，我只需要幫一位來自新加坡但不會華語的旅客中翻英口譯。) 所以不算能和導遊深入地交流。
Didn’t really have a chance to personally connect with the guide during our outing in New York as she spoke Chinese and all I had to do was interpreting for one passenger who came from Singapore/ or Malaysia who does not understand Chinese.
2018年11月3日至4日 Havana, Cuba 古巴 哈瓦那
There we did the tour “Following the footprint of Hemingway” together. We visited the hotel he stayed, his favorite bar and restaurant, and of course his mansion.
Sara was a passionate guide always with a big smile. She was willing to share all she knows and was very helpful. Some passengers even asked sensitive questions like how much money do you pay for rent, how you afford your living in the Communist country, etc. but she answered them all… I felt bad for her.
Anyway, so how did they acquire their housing? It was that her husband works for a construction company so the family gets discount to buy the place which her husband has constructed. They paid monthly until they finally pay off the whole amount. It’s like a loan however without a bank in between but they can’t own the land but they have the right to use the apartment similar to China.
Do you know that the dance Salsa and Rumba are both from Cuba? “Cuban music also contributed to the emergence of Latin dance styles in the United States, namely rhumba (ballroom rumba) and salsa”
And the song Guantanamera was also from Cuba. The lyrics looks Spanish but it’s actually Cuban. Because chorus “Guantanamera, guajira guantanamera” meaning a pleasant girl from outside of Guantanamo province. First Guantánamo is the easternmost province of Cuba. The female version of the word makes Guantanamera. Then guajira sounds like war hero in English and yes, it was because as a reward, those war heroes were given free pieces of lands outside of town after the war. So because of that, this word was later used to describe everything that’s outside of town. And we sang the song together with the guests on the bus before arriving the fishing village which inspired Hemingway to write his master piece “Old man and the sea”.
So how much does a Cuban love to dance? Sara told me when her husband hears some nice music playing on TV, he would go to her and maybe she’s cooking in the kitchen or busy with some stuff at that time. But they would stop everything at hand and just enjoy dancing together. How romantic! 🥰
Did you know the world’s popular cocktail Daiquiri and Mojito were invented there in Hemingway’s favorite bar and restaurant and that they were made according to Hemingway’s favorite flavor combinations?
A very flexible guide. To make up for the lost time in traffic, he adjusted the itinerary to gain time yet still manage please the guests with extra photo stops.
There was an episode in the old town. There were a lot of people who had gone missing as it was dark and those streets were so winding that we had to take turns after turns. We lost half of the group somewhere! But the guide quickly went looking for people while I stayed put with the rest of the guests. Although having to wait we kept ourselves busy and entertained with a Q&A session about my personal life. Haha…😅
It all happened because just a couple of blocks away, one of our senior guests stopped walking because he believed that he lost the sight of the people who were before him. So people are like a cluster of fish, one stopped, all stopped. One staff was among them and as she didn’t know what else to do, she decided to have the whole group stand there and wait for help.
In the end, both groups reunited and expressed the gratitude for the guide. Even one of the toughest guests who had complained several times on other trips, gave him a thumb up and asked to take a photo with him. He saved the day…
On a personal note, Jorge and I talked about the life on Peace Boat and maybe he would be the next person to apply to teach English/ Spanish in the GET program on Peace boat. We’ll see…
With our guide, Nancy. Although getting up at 3 am, she was full of positive energy. She runs own her travel agency with a daughter and a son.
Our tour was to see Nasca line. All people were sleeping on the bus as this tour started at 4:45 am and we chatted all the way there. We drove by Pisco from Callao to take the little plane. Although I was amazed flying over the wonders in Peru, I could not enjoy a single bit after taking off. I got very sick from the motion disease and the cold air-conditioning. I think it was also due to fact of getting up too early and with a small breakfast so I must have had low blood sugar and blood pressure or something. Plus I was sitting in the back with the seatbelt loosely attached while I had nowhere to hold on to. I remember a guest asked me if I was alright, I used last bit of my energy to keep my eyes closed and just focus on my breathing. I was trying so hard not to throw up. The worst thing was even though there were bags to vomit behind each seat, I could not reach it because the emergency seat was further away to the back. But luckily I kept a plastic bag in my backpack and I had it stand by and used it to cover my legs. (OMG, was so cold!!!)
It was freaking awful having constantly cold air blowing on my cold sweat, with a spinning head and a turning stomach…I could not interpret for a while but fortunately I recovered gradually after lunch.
On the way back to the boat, we listened to Peruvian music while people were sleeping. We played some Latin music with the phone to wake up passengers for dinner. And last but not least, we had a Peruvian BBQ buffet. Yum!!! Our guide even asked the restaurant to play some local music just for us!!! With Pisco Sour, people started to dance a little. 😂 Although having a disaster earlier that day, we had a great night!
The guide was professional and helpful! He stayed near all the time even when there was nothing for him to do. I played Mexican music Cucalacha and La bamba with my smartphone and we sang together. He told me once he was working in the U.S. and he went to a bar with friends. Local people asked them to play some Mexican music. So he and his friends formed a band spontaneously and he was the vocal. 🧑🎤
Do you know Pointsettia or Nochebuena (聖誕紅 ) was from Mexico? The first ambassador, Joel Roberts Poinsett, from the U.S. brought back the flower and named it in English after himself. Poinsettia Day – History 您知道Pointsettia或Nochebuena（聖誕紅）來自墨西哥嗎？ 美國的第一任大使喬爾·羅伯茨·龐塞特（Joel Roberts Poinsett）把這棵植物帶回了美國，並以他名字命名。
I forgot to take pictures with Simon, a Korean tour guide plus driver. But I was very happy that day because I had my own microphone and a double seat, what a luxury for an interpreter. So I don’t have to be afraid that the guide would snatch my microphone from time to time or spit at me! He is the only tour guide plus driver, and he played trivial questions with us. So this time I was not just an interpreter, I was also hosting a show. Slowly I discover your own style. Some interpreters are just doing translations, and don’t necessarily care whether the audience understands it or feel entertained. And I prefer to do things interactively. Sometimes when I take time to search for words or that I can’t respond quickly, it might be more fun to just let the guests guess what I’m describing.
夏威夷真的很美，有山有水，隨便橋下就有熱帶魚 。大家瘋狂拍照，但站在車上危險，和大家說大家可以多用眼睛看，眨眼睛的快門， 儲存在腦部的記憶體。在那裡有免費咖啡和夏威夷豆讓你試吃到飽，真的是美式的招待。 在那還有耶穌基督後期聖徒教會的教友，因為小時候在教會長大，知道的內容剛好可以派上用場。有機會的話一定再回去。 Hawaii is got it all, with really beautiful mountains and oceans. Tropical fish right under the bridge. Everyone is taking pictures like crazy, but standing in the car while it’s moving is dangerous. I told everyone that you can just use your eyes to see, blink like the shutter with your eyes, and store it in the memory of your brain 😅. There are free coffee and macadamia nuts for you to try “all-you-can-eat” style. It is really American hospitality, living in abundance! There are also brothers and sisters of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As I grew up in that church, some of my knowledge just came in handy during my interpretation. If I have a chance, I will definitely go back and visit.
The guide played the music with his phone over the microphone while singing along. And I was the harmony singer using my speakerphone with head-held microphone (小蜜蜂). We were singing and taking song requests from the guests like a party bus. 😄 We sang “Penny Lane” when we were driving down that very street, saw the barbershop and the roundabout in the lyrics which used to be a tram stop where the kids gather before and after school!
Saw the Strawberry field from the song “Strawberry Fields Forever” and shared my special connection with the song “Yesterday”. It was about when I was little, my mother had a jewelry/ music box with a ballerina dancing with that melody. I didn’t like to wind it up, instead I liked to twist the dancing figure to listen to the music. I missed my mother greatly in my younger years growing up without her. Before knowing the lyrics, I was familiar with the melody already. After I learned English and understood the lyrics, that music would just remind me of her leaving me behind even to this day.
” Why she had to go, I don’t know She wouldn’t say… “
因為歌詞寫到… 她為什麼要離去？我不懂， 她不願說明… “Why she had to go, I don’t know, she wouldn’t say… “
It got a little emotional but the point is I grew stronger and I gave a recent update about me and my mom that we are like best friends. 😊 The tour ended with visiting the Beatles museum and cathedrals together. It was my favorite party bus!
Together we did the tour “Sightseeing in Dublin and Malahide castle”. Our guide Sean was around 70 years old and he was the fastest walking senior person I’ve ever known. Had to literally run after him. We lost the sight of him for half an hour at some point. He said fast walking is something typical about Irish people. 我們的行程是“都柏林和馬拉海德城堡觀光”。我們的導遊肖恩大約70歲，他是我認識走得最快的人。為了幫他口譯，不得不跟著他跑，很多年長的朋友都不太能跟得上。他說走的快是愛爾蘭人的特色之一，哈…！行程中，我們甚至和導遊失聯了半小時。
During the first check-in, he struck me an easy-going old man who talks slowly and sometimes mumbling on his own with the uncertainty about numbers and time. 剛上巴士和他進行交談時，我以為他是個隨和的老先生，說話慢慢，有時候喃喃自語，對數字和時間記不太清楚。
Surprisingly, when he started the tour, he became this fast and loud talker that almost couldn’t be stopped. Thus, long sentences, interruptions during interpreting were very often. He was one of the toughest person to work with. The content was mostly interesting but with some repetitive things. You could feel his patriotism and that he’s proud of his country today as they went through a huge transformation from agriculture to a high-tech industry. 然而，當他開始介紹當地，他變成了一個說話又快又大聲，無人能停的快槍俠。因此，長長的句子沒給我時間翻譯，或經常在我口譯的時候打斷，是我身為口譯其中印象深刻的痛苦經驗！介紹的內容其實是有趣的，但有一些不斷重複的事情一再被提及。但是也就是因為這樣，你可以感受到他的愛國的熱情，因為愛爾蘭在50年間經歷了從農業到高科技產業的巨大轉變， 他為自己的國家感到驕傲 。
As an interpreter, I learnt so much during this trip. I guess it’s because those messages had to go through me so I remember those things longer and with more clarity. I wish I had time to share it all with you. Maybe I would add some more pictures and paragraphs here or write another article about the problem of Northern Ireland (the tension between England and Ireland). 有空在和大家說我學了什麼，做翻譯的就是因為語言透過我來傳遞，所以記得比較久也比較清楚…也許在這篇加上照片和更多文字，又或許另發一篇有關北愛爾蘭的問題 (長期以來英國與愛爾蘭的緊張關係)！
想看我每次出遊更深入的所見所聞，請留言和我說哦！那我可能就早點寫… If you would like to read about what I learnt each trip, leave a message below and maybe I would write about it sooner.
Our Greek guide Elena, very educated with enthusiasm about world cultures and history. She was once in a volunteer program in Japan. And there in Greece, I was the volunteer sent from Japan. We just switched places after these years?! She also told me about her private life, including a love story which took place during those months in Japan. However there was no happy ending. She left broken hearted back in Greece but after many years, she is in a much better place.
Oh, there was another side story! Right after visiting a monastery, we got back on the bus with 4 passengers MISSING!!! It was before lunch time, people started to get a little impatient and we were already behind schedule. The staff asked the bus driver to call the restaurant while Elena and I went looking for the missing lambs. We went shop by shop, shouting our car number out loud for their attention but without success (We use car number to identify to tour group). We started to walk up again into the mountains, only then we saw two of them and were informed that the other two were even far behind. They blamed the staff for not explicitly indicating the turn outside the monastery. Although it was quite simple as we just had to follow the same street down but they went up into the mountains instead. While the staff and those passengers were shooting arrows at each other, Elena and I were just felt relieved that they have made their way back and that we can move on to our next destination…
Our guide, Magda or Maggie, our bride-to-be (was getting married in November, I asked because she was wearing her engagement ring). There we experienced the vibrant life in Konavle region and did some sightseeing in Dubrovnik old town.
The weather so sunny and beautiful in every way. We visited the winery, tasted local wine and cheese, followed by local lunch at a traditional house. It was a very lovely tour that brought smiles on people’s faces (Maybe because they could drink all the wine they want?! ).
However, not everything was perfect. At times, I could sense some tension among the Peace boat staff, passengers and the guide. There was an episode about whether water that was served was drinkable. The staff asked whether it is tap water, if it is safe. From the boat’s side, they wanted to make sure it wouldn’t upset the stomachs of the passengers as they have been drinking only the filtered water on the cruise for a while. But for the host, they simply offered what they drink locally. There was really no right or wrong from either sides but I personally wouldn’t want to offend the locals. Certain way of questioning, would make them feel like we are implying that their drinking water is not safe. I think it would have been perceived better if we could explain upfront that the passengers are not used to drinking tap water and there was different type of water in Japan and on the boat.
Also for the coffee, it was mentioned to be Turkish “black coffee”. But it came with the type of coffee that has way too much sugar in it. Not many people could drink that but then again we were told that it was the local flavor. So it’s all part of the experience. 😉 I mean people travel to appreciate foreign landscapes and cultures so who could blame on those differences? It is for those differences, our world is beautiful, isn’t it?
That day I learned to make friends with everyone, the guide, staff, the hosts and try to keep a friendly connection among everyone. As an interpreter, how you say things could totally change a person’s perception about the very same matter. The communication could go beyond languages. A long face or a tensed face, for some people might find it rude. I understand that most people are not looking for troubles and their requests might most likely be reasonable. If they feel heard, whether things go as their way or not, it would be better appreciated. So as a CC (Communication Coordinator), we don’t have to interpret everything. The important thing is to share the same goal with the team and for the better, we shouldn’t have tointerpret everything literally. There are times to leave things out or add more explanation. 🥰
Nada is a mom of two kids, recently separated from her husband. She’s relatively new in the travel business as she made a career change from a tax officer to a job she loves, now with two years experience or so. I felt she was more like a friend and in case you ask about something she’s not sure, she would look it up instantly to give you the correct answer. It was like catching up with a friend over a cup of coffee, that kind of feeling. Very relaxing.😊
Francesca was a typical Sicilian girl according to her. “Sicilians are arguably ethnically distinct from Italians, due to the heavier Greek ancestry and also the presence of Phoenician/Arab ancestry, Sicilians are known for being somewhat darker than most other Italians, and have more pronounced Mediterranean facial features (i.e. fuller lips, thicker eyebrows, larger noses, etc.).”
Together we did some sightseeing in Palermo and Monreale. The tour with her was a bit rushed. She was friendly but seemed somewhat nervous partially due to the malfunction of the “whispering” interpreting devices and partially because it was a busy Saturday and she wanted to make sure we were on schedule.
Oh, there was something interesting. As I studied the tourist information the day before, I remember a tourist site called Quattro Canti, in Chinese it was translated as “the square of 4-songs” I then asked the guide why it was given a name like that. She said: “What song? Although canti can be a song, it also means corner so here’s a square of 4 corners. I suddenly realized why all the info I found referred to that square as being musical 🤭. It’s because when the very first translator got the meaning wrong, all the rest simply copied and without questioning. Haha, the job of a translator couldn’t be more sacred, we might need to carry the cross for all generations to come😂 .