cultwaggon:

Man I still need a conlanging friend

Last Stop: Jinghong, Xishuangbanna // 最后一个目的地:西双版纳景洪
Hot, tropical, humid, and weary all come to mind when I think of our experience in Jinghong. The city is not a major tourist destination, it seems. The people were not overly friendly towards us. The fruit was extremely fresh, but the city itself didn’t seem to have too much. There is a sizable population of minorities here, mostly Thai (Dai) minority, and the cultural differences are apparent in architecture and food. We probably could have done without this stop, but it was still fun to see. And I got to swim in the Mekong!  Last Stop: Jinghong, Xishuangbanna // 最后一个目的地:西双版纳景洪
Hot, tropical, humid, and weary all come to mind when I think of our experience in Jinghong. The city is not a major tourist destination, it seems. The people were not overly friendly towards us. The fruit was extremely fresh, but the city itself didn’t seem to have too much. There is a sizable population of minorities here, mostly Thai (Dai) minority, and the cultural differences are apparent in architecture and food. We probably could have done without this stop, but it was still fun to see. And I got to swim in the Mekong!  Last Stop: Jinghong, Xishuangbanna // 最后一个目的地:西双版纳景洪
Hot, tropical, humid, and weary all come to mind when I think of our experience in Jinghong. The city is not a major tourist destination, it seems. The people were not overly friendly towards us. The fruit was extremely fresh, but the city itself didn’t seem to have too much. There is a sizable population of minorities here, mostly Thai (Dai) minority, and the cultural differences are apparent in architecture and food. We probably could have done without this stop, but it was still fun to see. And I got to swim in the Mekong! 

Last Stop: Jinghong, Xishuangbanna // 最后一个目的地:西双版纳景洪

Hot, tropical, humid, and weary all come to mind when I think of our experience in Jinghong. The city is not a major tourist destination, it seems. The people were not overly friendly towards us. The fruit was extremely fresh, but the city itself didn’t seem to have too much. There is a sizable population of minorities here, mostly Thai (Dai) minority, and the cultural differences are apparent in architecture and food. We probably could have done without this stop, but it was still fun to see. And I got to swim in the Mekong! 

Anonymous Asked
QuestionIc look foreweard to the change of þin blog's English to Ænglisc :D Answer

Haha, I’m not sure if its most efficacious to write my blog in Ænglisc, but my journal is more manageable! (⌒▽⌒) 

princeofhyenas:

lhaasiri:

I’m gonna start writing my journal entries in Old English by replacing different groups of words over time. Starting with pronouns (easy!), then select verbs and nouns, slowly slowly slowly until my journal is 100% there!

this is pretty genius, though i wonder what you’ll end up doing when you hit a kind of awkward point where Modern  English syntax starts to clash a bit with the OE grammar.

I kind of thought about that, and I think I’ll probably begin straying more towards OE when that happens. Especially with things like verb-final subordinate clauses and whatnot. And I imagine I’ll get to coin some words while I’m doing this too, especially things related to the modern world!

I’m gonna start writing my journal entries in Old English by replacing different groups of words over time. Starting with pronouns (easy!), then select verbs and nouns, slowly slowly slowly until my journal is 100% there!

Fourth Stop: Kunming // 第六天停留在:昆明
Of all the places I’ve been to in China, Kunming in Yunnan Province is by far my most all-around favorite one. The people, the weather, the landscape, the atmosphere, the food — literally everything about this place enthralled me (although we got food-related sickness a few times…) The Stone Forest, though touristy, is a must-see. But my favorite experience in Kunming was hiking up West Hill, 西山, with my friends and climbing to the tippy-top of one of the mountains. Karst rock formations pepper the mountain side, and we needed to hike over them to climb to the top. It was arduous and hot, but, without a doubt, worth it. The area we climbed is accessed from the highest pavilion (I think it was called Canlang Pavilion).  Fourth Stop: Kunming // 第六天停留在:昆明
Of all the places I’ve been to in China, Kunming in Yunnan Province is by far my most all-around favorite one. The people, the weather, the landscape, the atmosphere, the food — literally everything about this place enthralled me (although we got food-related sickness a few times…) The Stone Forest, though touristy, is a must-see. But my favorite experience in Kunming was hiking up West Hill, 西山, with my friends and climbing to the tippy-top of one of the mountains. Karst rock formations pepper the mountain side, and we needed to hike over them to climb to the top. It was arduous and hot, but, without a doubt, worth it. The area we climbed is accessed from the highest pavilion (I think it was called Canlang Pavilion).  Fourth Stop: Kunming // 第六天停留在:昆明
Of all the places I’ve been to in China, Kunming in Yunnan Province is by far my most all-around favorite one. The people, the weather, the landscape, the atmosphere, the food — literally everything about this place enthralled me (although we got food-related sickness a few times…) The Stone Forest, though touristy, is a must-see. But my favorite experience in Kunming was hiking up West Hill, 西山, with my friends and climbing to the tippy-top of one of the mountains. Karst rock formations pepper the mountain side, and we needed to hike over them to climb to the top. It was arduous and hot, but, without a doubt, worth it. The area we climbed is accessed from the highest pavilion (I think it was called Canlang Pavilion). 

Fourth Stop: Kunming // 第六天停留在:昆明

Of all the places I’ve been to in China, Kunming in Yunnan Province is by far my most all-around favorite one. The people, the weather, the landscape, the atmosphere, the food — literally everything about this place enthralled me (although we got food-related sickness a few times…) The Stone Forest, though touristy, is a must-see. But my favorite experience in Kunming was hiking up West Hill, 西山, with my friends and climbing to the tippy-top of one of the mountains. Karst rock formations pepper the mountain side, and we needed to hike over them to climb to the top. It was arduous and hot, but, without a doubt, worth it. The area we climbed is accessed from the highest pavilion (I think it was called Canlang Pavilion). 

Second Stop: Guilin & Yangshuo // 第三天停留在:桂林与阳朔
Guilin itself did not impress me too much. The drive to the city is quite beautiful, but the city itself is merely a hub (I think). The true experiences are found in Yangshuo and other areas around the city. I recommend taking a bus early in the morning from Guilin to Yangshuo, walking for an hour or two around the bus station, and then renting a bike (30RMB for the day) and riding to the small towns outside of Yangshuo. The villages and roads connecting them are absolutely gorgeous. The people are pleasant. The landscape is godly. Biking around that area is probably my favorite experience from my whole spring break! I also managed to get fresh honey from a beekeeper by the side of the road (who slept next to her bees), and my friend and I found an unmarked cave that was just as big as/more terrifying than the Reed Flute Caves (last picture).  Second Stop: Guilin & Yangshuo // 第三天停留在:桂林与阳朔
Guilin itself did not impress me too much. The drive to the city is quite beautiful, but the city itself is merely a hub (I think). The true experiences are found in Yangshuo and other areas around the city. I recommend taking a bus early in the morning from Guilin to Yangshuo, walking for an hour or two around the bus station, and then renting a bike (30RMB for the day) and riding to the small towns outside of Yangshuo. The villages and roads connecting them are absolutely gorgeous. The people are pleasant. The landscape is godly. Biking around that area is probably my favorite experience from my whole spring break! I also managed to get fresh honey from a beekeeper by the side of the road (who slept next to her bees), and my friend and I found an unmarked cave that was just as big as/more terrifying than the Reed Flute Caves (last picture).  Second Stop: Guilin & Yangshuo // 第三天停留在:桂林与阳朔
Guilin itself did not impress me too much. The drive to the city is quite beautiful, but the city itself is merely a hub (I think). The true experiences are found in Yangshuo and other areas around the city. I recommend taking a bus early in the morning from Guilin to Yangshuo, walking for an hour or two around the bus station, and then renting a bike (30RMB for the day) and riding to the small towns outside of Yangshuo. The villages and roads connecting them are absolutely gorgeous. The people are pleasant. The landscape is godly. Biking around that area is probably my favorite experience from my whole spring break! I also managed to get fresh honey from a beekeeper by the side of the road (who slept next to her bees), and my friend and I found an unmarked cave that was just as big as/more terrifying than the Reed Flute Caves (last picture).  Second Stop: Guilin & Yangshuo // 第三天停留在:桂林与阳朔
Guilin itself did not impress me too much. The drive to the city is quite beautiful, but the city itself is merely a hub (I think). The true experiences are found in Yangshuo and other areas around the city. I recommend taking a bus early in the morning from Guilin to Yangshuo, walking for an hour or two around the bus station, and then renting a bike (30RMB for the day) and riding to the small towns outside of Yangshuo. The villages and roads connecting them are absolutely gorgeous. The people are pleasant. The landscape is godly. Biking around that area is probably my favorite experience from my whole spring break! I also managed to get fresh honey from a beekeeper by the side of the road (who slept next to her bees), and my friend and I found an unmarked cave that was just as big as/more terrifying than the Reed Flute Caves (last picture).  Second Stop: Guilin & Yangshuo // 第三天停留在:桂林与阳朔
Guilin itself did not impress me too much. The drive to the city is quite beautiful, but the city itself is merely a hub (I think). The true experiences are found in Yangshuo and other areas around the city. I recommend taking a bus early in the morning from Guilin to Yangshuo, walking for an hour or two around the bus station, and then renting a bike (30RMB for the day) and riding to the small towns outside of Yangshuo. The villages and roads connecting them are absolutely gorgeous. The people are pleasant. The landscape is godly. Biking around that area is probably my favorite experience from my whole spring break! I also managed to get fresh honey from a beekeeper by the side of the road (who slept next to her bees), and my friend and I found an unmarked cave that was just as big as/more terrifying than the Reed Flute Caves (last picture). 

Second Stop: Guilin & Yangshuo // 第三天停留在:桂林与阳朔

Guilin itself did not impress me too much. The drive to the city is quite beautiful, but the city itself is merely a hub (I think). The true experiences are found in Yangshuo and other areas around the city. I recommend taking a bus early in the morning from Guilin to Yangshuo, walking for an hour or two around the bus station, and then renting a bike (30RMB for the day) and riding to the small towns outside of Yangshuo. The villages and roads connecting them are absolutely gorgeous. The people are pleasant. The landscape is godly. Biking around that area is probably my favorite experience from my whole spring break! I also managed to get fresh honey from a beekeeper by the side of the road (who slept next to her bees), and my friend and I found an unmarked cave that was just as big as/more terrifying than the Reed Flute Caves (last picture). 

First Stop: Zhangjiajie // 第一天停留在:张家界
Zhangjiajie is a sleepy city in Hunan surrounded on all sides by towering mountains. The city itself is not as developed as larger ones, and the people seemed a bit skeptical of a group of foreigners walking through the streets at night. An hour south brought us on a 15-20 minute cable car ride up to Tianmen Mountain, and a bus ride an hour north brought us to the world-famous park, Wulingyuan. The best spot I found during our trip was near the World’s First Land Bridge in Wulingyuan, where there are two overlook points. One is the stereotypical postcard view, and has a lot of people. The other is down a broken staircase below it and you need to climb under vines to venture out on a precipice guarded only by a flimsy metal railing and the rock overhang above you.  First Stop: Zhangjiajie // 第一天停留在:张家界
Zhangjiajie is a sleepy city in Hunan surrounded on all sides by towering mountains. The city itself is not as developed as larger ones, and the people seemed a bit skeptical of a group of foreigners walking through the streets at night. An hour south brought us on a 15-20 minute cable car ride up to Tianmen Mountain, and a bus ride an hour north brought us to the world-famous park, Wulingyuan. The best spot I found during our trip was near the World’s First Land Bridge in Wulingyuan, where there are two overlook points. One is the stereotypical postcard view, and has a lot of people. The other is down a broken staircase below it and you need to climb under vines to venture out on a precipice guarded only by a flimsy metal railing and the rock overhang above you.  First Stop: Zhangjiajie // 第一天停留在:张家界
Zhangjiajie is a sleepy city in Hunan surrounded on all sides by towering mountains. The city itself is not as developed as larger ones, and the people seemed a bit skeptical of a group of foreigners walking through the streets at night. An hour south brought us on a 15-20 minute cable car ride up to Tianmen Mountain, and a bus ride an hour north brought us to the world-famous park, Wulingyuan. The best spot I found during our trip was near the World’s First Land Bridge in Wulingyuan, where there are two overlook points. One is the stereotypical postcard view, and has a lot of people. The other is down a broken staircase below it and you need to climb under vines to venture out on a precipice guarded only by a flimsy metal railing and the rock overhang above you.  First Stop: Zhangjiajie // 第一天停留在:张家界
Zhangjiajie is a sleepy city in Hunan surrounded on all sides by towering mountains. The city itself is not as developed as larger ones, and the people seemed a bit skeptical of a group of foreigners walking through the streets at night. An hour south brought us on a 15-20 minute cable car ride up to Tianmen Mountain, and a bus ride an hour north brought us to the world-famous park, Wulingyuan. The best spot I found during our trip was near the World’s First Land Bridge in Wulingyuan, where there are two overlook points. One is the stereotypical postcard view, and has a lot of people. The other is down a broken staircase below it and you need to climb under vines to venture out on a precipice guarded only by a flimsy metal railing and the rock overhang above you.  First Stop: Zhangjiajie // 第一天停留在:张家界
Zhangjiajie is a sleepy city in Hunan surrounded on all sides by towering mountains. The city itself is not as developed as larger ones, and the people seemed a bit skeptical of a group of foreigners walking through the streets at night. An hour south brought us on a 15-20 minute cable car ride up to Tianmen Mountain, and a bus ride an hour north brought us to the world-famous park, Wulingyuan. The best spot I found during our trip was near the World’s First Land Bridge in Wulingyuan, where there are two overlook points. One is the stereotypical postcard view, and has a lot of people. The other is down a broken staircase below it and you need to climb under vines to venture out on a precipice guarded only by a flimsy metal railing and the rock overhang above you.  First Stop: Zhangjiajie // 第一天停留在:张家界
Zhangjiajie is a sleepy city in Hunan surrounded on all sides by towering mountains. The city itself is not as developed as larger ones, and the people seemed a bit skeptical of a group of foreigners walking through the streets at night. An hour south brought us on a 15-20 minute cable car ride up to Tianmen Mountain, and a bus ride an hour north brought us to the world-famous park, Wulingyuan. The best spot I found during our trip was near the World’s First Land Bridge in Wulingyuan, where there are two overlook points. One is the stereotypical postcard view, and has a lot of people. The other is down a broken staircase below it and you need to climb under vines to venture out on a precipice guarded only by a flimsy metal railing and the rock overhang above you. 

First Stop: Zhangjiajie // 第一天停留在:张家界

Zhangjiajie is a sleepy city in Hunan surrounded on all sides by towering mountains. The city itself is not as developed as larger ones, and the people seemed a bit skeptical of a group of foreigners walking through the streets at night. An hour south brought us on a 15-20 minute cable car ride up to Tianmen Mountain, and a bus ride an hour north brought us to the world-famous park, Wulingyuan. The best spot I found during our trip was near the World’s First Land Bridge in Wulingyuan, where there are two overlook points. One is the stereotypical postcard view, and has a lot of people. The other is down a broken staircase below it and you need to climb under vines to venture out on a precipice guarded only by a flimsy metal railing and the rock overhang above you. 

Zhangjiajie’s Cable Car to Tianmen Mountain // 在张家界坐天门山素道

AKA The “Avatar” Mountains

  1. Camera: Olympus SP-810UZ
  2. Aperture: f/2.9
  3. Exposure: 1/640th
  4. Focal Length: 4mm

On the Bus in Kunming // 在昆明公交上

I just really like her face.

  1. Camera: Olympus SP-810UZ
  2. Aperture: f/5
  3. Exposure: 1/25th
  4. Focal Length: 39mm

i’ve returned from spring break, so I’ll post pictures slowly over the next week or so.

allthingslinguistic:

What is language?

Language is an arbitrary, conventionalized association between a symbol and a meaning: there’s no necessary connection between the meaning of a word and how it’s represented in language (spoken, signed, or written). This idea comes from Saussure

languagesandlinguistics:

"I know all of these words but put together they make no sense"

Tomorrow marks the beginning of spring break here. I initially was dreading the idea of having to organize a travel itinerary for more than a week, but when I started considering the options, I grew ever more excited about what I could see during my time here. 

So, now, I’ve organized some plans with a few friends and we’ll be going to these places: 

Shanghai > Zhangjiajie > Guilin > Kunming > Xishuangbanna 

See you on the other side. ◕‿ ◕。

my first haircut in China, and first haircut by someone who’s not my mom (my mom’s a hairdresser) :x 

But a little stressful, though. I can talk your ear off in Chinese about the ancient Chinese architecture, but somehow our textbooks skipped over the daily-life stuff