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  • hardie karges 12:12 am on August 15, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Alipay, , communism, Jinghong, Mengla, Sipsongpanna,   

    Indie Travel Update: Surviving China 

    20180804_204240China must be single-handedly keeping the Lonely Planet franchise in business, you know: they of the 5-pound, 50-dollar, 500-page ‘survival’ guides, most of which is largely obsolete, simply the idea that ‘survival’ is an issue in most of the world, unless you’re talking about survival of traditional cultures, languages and tribal peoples in a world increasingly homogenous, and frankly, pretty friggin’ boring. The only thing in danger of survival are reasons for travel itself…

    Except for China. This is the one country where you can actually use a little help from your friends, they of the world’s only non-alphabetic language, which makes Greek look like a weekend at the beach. Hey, I learned the Greek alphabet, but not the language, of course, in four days of reading road signs in Athens (and we thought all of our vocabulary came from Latin, haha. Tell that to the Russians)… (More …)

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    • Esther S. Fabbricante 2:03 am on August 15, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Oh, my. Too deep for me. How in the world do you survive?

    • hardie karges 2:11 am on August 15, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Hibiscus for high blood pressure, meditation for stress, haha. I persevere…

  • hardie karges 12:44 am on October 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Baltic, communism, , , , Soviet Union,   

    E-stonia: lotta’ hard work, still not Finnish… 

    With origins on the far northern Uralic steppes, first cousins with the Finns and Sami, and distant relations with Ugric Hungarians, these groups of Finno-Ugric speakers are the exception to the rest of the Indo-European-speaking European continent… (More …)

     
  • hardie karges 6:56 pm on May 24, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , communism, , Mao Zedong   

    Got this blurb off the Lao-language LA-based Asian Pacific News, seemed interesting: Mao Zedong’s grand-daughter is now a gazillionaire (what’s the current RMB exchange rate?) who finished her studies in the US, got secretly married and now has three children (as citizen of a country that only allows one)… That’s the scoop, all the latest in that reality TV mega-hit, “Keeping Up with the Communists”…. film at eleven…

     
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