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What is turbulence—and how can you calm down about it?

Rough air happens everywhere, from ground level to far above cruising altitude. But the most common turbulence experienced by flyers has three common causes: mountains, jet streams, and storms.

At NCAR, Sharman has been working since 2005 to build much more precise “nowcasting” turbulence tools.

Here’s how it works: an algorithm currently installed on around 1,000 commercial airliners analyzes information from onboard sensors to characterize each plane’s movement at any given moment. Using data on forward velocity, wind speed, air pressure, roll angle, and other factors, the algorithm generates a local atmospheric turbulence level, which is fed back into a national system every minute. Used in conjunction with national weather forecasts and models, the tool annotates forecasts with real-time conditions, which in turn helps to strengthen weather prediction models.
turbulence  aviation  travel  plane  engineering  app 
12 weeks ago by aries1988
明治维新的记忆

固然,在中国也会有对乡土历史的倾向,但这种“历史记忆地方化”的现象之所以在日本特别明显,当然也是因为在日本延续数百年的幕藩体制带有某种“联邦制”的特性,人们高度认同的是“本藩”而不是整个日本,战后的地方自治制度可说是它的历史延续。这样,历史记忆势必立足于当地,用以支撑和强化地方认同,呈现出纷繁复杂的面貌,正如美国南方对内战的纪念至今带有悲情。由于目光聚焦在地方,这些展览中即便提到明治维新对日本的意义,大体也是“我们曾在推动日本变革中起到巨大作用”这样一种视角。毫无疑问,这样的取向中不会提到明治维新对日本境外的影响——但这确实曾实实在在地影响了亚洲很多国家。不仅是戊戌变法,孙中山当年在日本避难时也曾说:“明治维新是中国革命的第一步,中国革命是明治维新的第二步。”《剑桥东南亚史》也曾提到,明治维新曾“鼓舞了大批东南亚的政治活动家,尤其是越南和菲律宾的政治活动家”。
region  meiji  anniversary  travel  japan  history  photo  leader 
december 2018 by aries1988
A new museum captures Austria’s ambivalence about its past - The story of a horse
Most Austrians saw Austria as an aberration, cut off from its wheat in the east, its port on the Adriatic and the industry of Bohemia; the Allies denied their wish to join a “greater Germany”.

“We see ourselves as a forum for debate,” says Monika Sommer, the director. “We are quite comfortable with showing that there isn’t always one view on history.” She hopes that exhibits like the Waldheim-Pferd will prove to be “friction points” that galvanise discussion. There are bound to be controversies, she acknowledges. The museum’s aim is to provide a stage on which to air them, perhaps even to forge a new consensus.
austria  ww2  victim  history  narrative  museum  travel 
november 2018 by aries1988
Social Media’s Re-engineering Effect, From Myanmar to Germany - The New York Times
When Facebook, YouTube and others use algorithms to keep us engaged, there can be unintended consequences. Max Fisher, his tools in a trusty Patagonia bag, covers the trend as one of The Times’s Interpreter columnists.

I also need to keep myself sane. So I keep my Kindle fully loaded and always pack my noise-canceling, wireless headphones, the Wirecutter-recommended Sony H.ear. Even if I’m stuck in some edge-of-the-world hotel, living off of granola bars, I can always recharge by escaping for an hour into a Grateful Dead show or the second act of “Doctor Zhivago.”
travel  buy  habit  hobby 
november 2018 by aries1988
Some Reflections from My Trip to Berlin
Even for a city almost 800 years old, Berlin has seen more than its fair share of history, especially in the 20th century. Watch
from:rss  berlin  travel  hotel  food  museum 
november 2018 by aries1988
Japan on a budget: readers’ travel tips | Travel | The Guardian
The perception that Japan is an expensive destination is challenged by our tipsters, who find 70p sushi delivered by robot, cheap internal flights, all-you-can-drink-deals and friendly hostels
tips  travel  japan  moi 
september 2018 by aries1988
Song Ma on Twitter
“去年在参观曼彻斯特“科学与工业博物馆” @msimanchester 时,从珍妮纺纱机一直看到罗尔斯罗伊斯飞机发动机,电力机车头和曼城大学研发的第一台电子计算机,突然意识到英国这个小岛有着完备工业体系,可以自己独立制造大部分重要民用和军用工业产品。不过好像也不足为奇,毕竟现代工业就是他们发明的。”
uk  idea  museum  travel  moi  manchester 
august 2018 by aries1988
我们的这个邻国,比朝鲜还神秘的多(上)
说起蒙古国和内蒙古的区别,就要从蒙古帝国灭亡后分化为的三部分开始。在明末清初,蒙古分化为三部:漠北、漠南和漠西蒙古。这三部是以蒙古国和我国内蒙边界一带的戈壁沙漠做的空间划分。漠西蒙古后发展为准噶尔帝国,被清朝乾隆所灭,现在只留下新疆北部准噶尔盆地这个名词。而漠北蒙古主要为蒙古喀尔喀部,在清朝灭亡后独立,成为外蒙古。

漠南蒙古各部落——科尔沁、察哈尔等,则成为我国的内蒙古自治区。

乌兰巴托原名“库伦”,这座城市的历史并不长。1778年,乾隆降旨喀尔喀蒙古领袖在北京到恰克图商路上的驻地设立城防,取名库伦。建城后,库伦逐渐成为在漠北地区最大的城市和商业和宗教中心。1911年末,八世哲布尊丹巴(博格达汗)宣布外蒙古独立,并定都库伦。接着在1924年,蒙古人民党在苏联支持下,建立了苏联之后的第二个社会主义国家——蒙古人民共和国,并将“库伦”改名为“乌兰巴托”,意为“红色英雄城”。

对国内来的游客来说,漫步在乌兰巴托市区,强烈的陌生感会扑面而来。大街上没有一个汉字,我们印象中的蝌蚪状的蒙古文也几乎没有,映入眼帘的都是像俄语一样、西里尔字母拼写的蒙古文。与我们同行的一个内蒙的蒙古族朋友,也看得晕头转向。

近些年,越来越多的韩文出现在乌兰巴托街头。韩国借助和蒙古国语言同为阿尔泰语系的缘故,加强了与其经贸和文化往来。蒙古国的许多大巴,都是大宇提供的援助。而韩国游客也成群结队的出现在乌兰巴托街头。在乌兰巴托甚至出现了一个韩国街区,整条街都是各种韩国料理的馆子。而韩国范的打扮更是在女性之中风靡开来,经常能看到穿着俄式和西式皮草大衣的女人,画着韩式的精致妆容。

在西方,蒙古人被称为最不像亚洲人的亚洲人。粗犷的游牧文化,再加上近现代苏俄的熏陶,让他们神情举止、举手投足,都颇似西方人。他们外向、直率,完全没有东亚国家的内向和拘谨。长期的俄化和最近的西化,让路上的女士们,都是欧美范的打扮。她们着浓妆,穿着俄国的皮草、靴子和丝袜,甚至还有人在这么冷的天穿着低胸的上衣。游牧基因造就了她们的高挑的大骨架,如果不看脸,还以为她们和俄国大妞没有分别。

在蒙古国家博物馆里,你会看到蒙古帝国崛起的历程。和我们从学校里学到的历史观不太一样,这里的人把匈奴、鲜卑、柔然、突厥、契丹等各时代的草原民族,看作是不同时期他们的先辈。就像我们看汉、唐、宋、明这些朝代一样。
mongolia  city  buy  photo  mongol  museum  history  china  travel  book 
july 2018 by aries1988
我们的这个邻国,比朝鲜还神秘的多(下)
正如《孤独星球》所言:如果美国的蒙大拿和瑞士生一个混血宝宝,那么就是蒙古国山区的模样。

在来蒙古之前,我们联系到这个旅行社,加入了最经典的草原旅行路线——鄂尔浑峡谷五天四夜路线,五个人组团,每人每天60美金。这个路线是从乌兰巴托出发,一路向西到达蒙元帝国的国都哈拉和林,然后再深入鄂尔浑峡谷,体验那里的自然景色。全程还给我们安排了几个游牧家庭的住宿,让我们感受最纯正的草原生活和游牧文化,并且提供骑马和骑骆驼等特色活动。

如今这里保存最好的古建筑,是在16世纪修建的额尔德尼昭寺。这是当时外喀尔喀土谢图汗阿巴岱汗,用故都的断垣残壁,建造的寺庙。作为如今蒙古国最大的藏传佛教庙宇,现在有数百名喇嘛在此修行。

点火时,要先点燃一些纸屑,然后引燃小块的松木,等火势旺起来后,再放入大块木头。一旦炉子点燃,屋里马上从冬天变为夏天,不盖着睡袋,只穿内衣躺着,也满头大汗。但是炉子即便填满木头,也只能燃烧两三个小时。到了后半夜炉火熄灭,大家又纷纷冻醒。我们只好重新引燃炉子,填入木块。我们只好不断重复点火,加木柴,穿衣,再脱衣的过程,就这样周而复始,折腾到天亮。
mongolia  travel  photo  documentary  list 
july 2018 by aries1988
端「GLO Travel」伊朗面紗下的豐盛文明
保守古老的中東世界,伊朗文化顯得特別出眾耀眼,究其原因,是因為糅合了古波斯燦爛文明和伊斯蘭教千年傳統。伊朗歷史悠久,境內有很多世界文化遺產,建築美侖美奐,充分反映古波斯人的智慧。除了清真寺和廣場,伊朗也保留了千年前的小村落,如活化石般盛載古人的文化、語言、風俗。但最動人的還是伊朗人的熱情好客,走在街上,總會碰上主動幫忙的年輕人,在茶館又會遇上善良和藹的老人家,跟你談天說地,請你喝一口玫瑰花茶。出團時間:2018年7月21日至2018年8月3日。訂金:$1,716/人,全價$28,600/人,2018年7月16日截止報名。
iran  idea  travel  hongkong  ad 
april 2018 by aries1988
A Voyage to the End of the World
Amid the monochromes, the endless black and white and gray, was the jarring blue of glacial ice. No matter the shade of it—the bluish tinge of the growlers bobbing in our wake, the intensely deep blue of the arched and chambered floating ice castles, the Styrofoamish powder blue of calving glaciers—I couldn’t make my eyes believe that they were seeing a color from nature.

the sanatorium in “The Magic Mountain”:

Everybody loves penguins. In the erectness of their bearing, and in their readiness to drop down on their bellies, the flinging way they gesture with their armlike flippers, the shortness of the strides with which they walk or boldly scamper on their fleshy feet, they resemble human children more closely than does any other animal, not excepting the great apes.
antarctic  voyage  story  business  bird  penguin  ship  travel  ocean 
april 2018 by aries1988
How Digital Maps Have Changed What It Means to Be Lost
I was curious if others felt the same way, so I set about collecting more of these moments—memories of the last times people felt really, truly lost.

“I can sympathize with that romantic notion that wandering in an unfamiliar place is great because you never know what you might stumble on,” Mathis says. “But in practical terms, as a woman who often is out walking alone, I do have my guard up. I have my city face on. And the technology that we have now does make me feel like I can be self-sufficient almost anywhere. And that’s something I value.”

There are many ways to be lost. Some have declined due to technology; others are newly born. But in every situation, to be lost is to be vulnerable. Vulnerability is frightening, often dangerous, but it also breeds connection—with people, and with places. The maps people carry in their pockets can be a barrier to that connection, but they are also safety nets. And it’s easier to take a leap if you know there’s something at the bottom to catch you.
russia  story  travel  GPS  discovery  safety  street  city  night  lost  female  stranger 
february 2018 by aries1988
When You’re a ‘Digital Nomad,’ the World Is Your Office - The New York Times

Roam has evolved into a miniature global corporation, with a dozen staff members, most of them digital nomads themselves, living among its locations, communicating through the chat platform Slack, checking in over weekly conference calls and scanning any print mail that comes in for online dispersal. Roam has no offices and no headquarters except its locations. For its clients and employees alike, the start-up provides a comprehensive structure for a post-place life.
work  digital  office  world  travel  talent  story 
february 2018 by aries1988
Could you cross the Sahara desert by horseback?
It’s an arduous ride that takes a month to complete the 950kms across the striking Moroccan landscape
travel  story  desert  maroc  horse  female 
january 2018 by aries1988
世界配角与奇迹之地(下):但见新人笑
我听说过不少中国姑娘和澳洲男生的恋爱故事,他们相处中的最大矛盾几乎都在于打发闲暇的方式——比如说,女孩每天下班后很累,只想舒服地待在家里看电视上网,男生却雷打不动地要去健身房;周末女孩想去城里逛街,男生却成天张罗着去郊外爬山、出海、露营,要么就是回乡下父母家里帮忙做木工或修房顶……
australian  australia  travel 
november 2017 by aries1988
Letter of Recommendation In-Flight Movies
Crying on planes is so common that it has prompted cheeky “weep warnings” on Virgin Atlantic flights and myriad articles trying to understand why we do it. The most accepted explanation is a simple confluence of altitude, loneliness and the heightened emotions that accompany the humiliating experience that is modern air travel.
fun  plane  travel  sadness  cry  research  moi  brain  shame 
november 2017 by aries1988
Sleeper hit: travelling across America via Amtrak’s trains

Trains were once the most romantic means of travel. They changed our perception of distance, shrinking and expanding the world while offering a moving window on to the grandeur of its landscapes.
travel  train  story  usa  history  american 
november 2017 by aries1988
Letter of Recommendation Cabbages and Kings
A game that’s actually fun to play with your children.

I love my children and love being with them — in theory. But in practice, you must fill those hours of togetherness with something that doesn’t make you or your children squirm with impatience.

most of the stuff you can do with children is terrible. Kids’ board games are bad. Pretending to be pirates or whatever is bad. Crafts are bad. Playing sports with kids is bad until about age 13, when the opposing trajectories of your athletic abilities and your child’s athletic abilities intersect, and then it’s good for like a week, and then they reliably crush you, and it’s bad again.

They play cards so differently, befitting their personalities: the older in a constant state of simmering rage at the unjustness of everyone else’s moves, which turns, in the moment of victory, to benevolent forgiveness; the younger silently, watchfully processing the game and then making a surprising and intuitive move to defeat us all.
idea  moi  train  travel  family  card  game  fun  parents  kid 
november 2017 by aries1988
Edimbourg, côté palais
Fini le grand faitout familial mêlant abats, avoine et légumes assez peu ensoleillés, pour tenir au corps les froides soirées d’hiver. La cuisine écossaise a beaucoup évolué et s’est nourrie aussi bien des techniques françaises sophistiquées que du produit brut prôné par la tendance scandinave. « Lorsque l’on évoque la cuisine écossaise aujourd’hui, plus que des spécialités, on parle surtout de chefs qui utilisent des ingrédients locaux », affirme Alan Chalmers, qui a lancé les visites guidées gastronomiques Eat Walk Edinburgh. Rassurez-vous : entre le déjeuner, le tea time et le dîner, il vous restera sûrement un peu de temps pour visiter le château…
list  scotland  travel  idea  restaurant  moi 
october 2017 by aries1988
BBC - Future - How flying seriously messes with your mind
There are some studies, however, that show even relatively mild levels of hypoxia (deficiency in oxygen) can alter our ability to think clearly.

Human night vision can deteriorate by 5-10% at altitudes of just 5,000ft (1.5km). This is because the photoreceptor cells in the retina needed to see in the dark are extremely oxygen-hungry and can struggle to get all they need at a high altitude, causing them to work less effectively.

as the change in air pressure can also lead to passengers breaking wind more often.
biology  travel  health  psychology  brain  plane  research  fun  body 
october 2017 by aries1988
易北河上的翡冷翠,德勒斯登 II
在这裡顺带一提, Dresden地道的点心Eierschecke, 主要是蛋加起司的蛋糕, 十分好吃. 是Dresden名物. 另外就是在超市也可以买到的Russisch Brot, 也是Dresden 的产物, 而且是少数前东德经过市场竞爭还生存下来的产品. 它的历史更可追溯至更早的十九世纪, 据说原配方是从当时的俄罗斯学回来的, 故而得名. 今天在俄罗斯也找不到这种点心了啊.
food  germany  2017  idea  moi  travel 
october 2017 by aries1988
What Ever Happened to the Russian Revolution?

Now I’ve traveled enough in Russia that my affections are more complicated. I know that almost no conclusion I ever draw about it is likely to be right. The way to think about Russia is without thinking about it. I just try to love it and yield to it and go with it, while also paying vigilant attention—if that makes sense.

My way to travel is to go to a specific place and try to absorb what it is now and look closer, for what it was.

The Decembrists were young officers in the czar’s army who fought in the Napoleonic wars and found out about the Enlightenment and came home wanting to reform Russia.

Lenin informed his listeners that they had pioneered the international Socialist revolution, and would go forth into the world and proselytize the masses. It was an amazing vision, Marxist and deeply Russian simultaneously, and it helped sustain the despotic Bolsheviks, just as building St. Petersburg, no matter how brutal the cost, drove Peter the Great 200 years before. After Lenin, Russia would involve itself aggressively in the affairs of countries all over the world. That sense of global mission, soon corrupted to strategic meddling and plain troublemaking, is why America still worries about Russia today.

Rumor and street culture—jokes, postcards, sayings, bawdy plays performed in saloons—changed the image of the czar and the czarina, desacralized them, before and during the war. Empress Alexandra’s dependence on Rasputin, the so-called crazed monk, had catastrophic consequences. Tales of the czarina’s debauchery with Rasputin (completely untrue), and rumors of the czar’s impotence, and her supposed sabotage of the war effort because she was born in Germany, all undermined the Romanovs, until finally nobody could be too sad when the monarchy went away. People sent each other erotic postcards of the czarina with Rasputin, audiences howled laughing at plays about his supposed sexual power. It resembled modern defamation by social media, and it did great damage. I call it the ‘tragic erotics’ of Nicholas’ reign. If you loved Russia you were obliged to love your czar. People were saying, ‘I know I must love my czar, but I cannot.’

Tourists came through in a constant stream. Nearly all were holding up their phones and taking videos or photographs. Sometimes a tourist would stop in the middle of the room, hold the phone up with both hands in the air, and slowly turn in a circle so the video could pan the entire room. This slow, unself-conscious video-making rotation in the room’s center with arms upstretched happened over and over, a new century’s new dance.

In 1967, a New York Times editorial titled “Russia’s Next Half-Century” congratulated the Soviet Union for becoming “one of the world’s foremost economic, scientific, and military powers.” The Times said it looked forward to a prosperous future for the country, but added, “Russia’s leaders, surveying the changes of fifty hectic years, surely understand that the vision of a monolithic, uniform world—whether Communist or capitalist—is a fantasy.”

Whoever wrote it must have known that as an adjective to describe the Soviet half-century, “hec­tic” did not suffice. But you can also see the problem the editorial writer faced. What could be said about such horrors? The United States had never known what to make of its cruel, sly, opaque World War II ally turned Cold War enemy. America even tried to like Stalin for a while. He appeared on the cover of Time magazine 12 times.

Russia, the country itself, inhabits a spirit as well. The visible location of this spirit’s existence in the world used to be the czar. The United States is a concept; Russia is an animate being. I think Nicholas II understood this, and it’s why he believed so strongly that his countrymen needed the autocracy. Nicholas not only ruled Russia, he not only signified Russia, he was Russia.

Today, on Victory Day, marchers show up in the hundreds of thousands in every major Russian city bearing portraits of their relatives who served. These portraits, typically black-and-white photographs, keep to a single size and are attached to identical wooden handles like those used for picket signs. As a group the photos are called Bezsmertnii Polk, the Deathless Regiment.

The portraits in their endless numbers evoke powerful emotions as they stream by, especially when you glimpse a young marcher who looks exactly like the young soldier in the faded photograph he or she is carrying.

Individuals change history. There would be no St. Petersburg without Peter the Great and no United States of America without George Washington. There would have been no Soviet Union without Lenin. Today he might feel discouraged to see the failure of his Marxist utopia—a failure so thorough that no country is likely to try it again soon. But his political methods may be his real legacy.

Lenin showed the world how well not compromising can work. A response to that revolutionary innovation of his has yet to be figured out.
russia  travel  interview  city  tourist  history  today  revolution  communism  instapaper_favs 
october 2017 by aries1988
Once-in-a-lifetime Hiking:环勃朗峰(Tour de Mont Blanc)路书 -PART 2 - 日记
Once-in-a-lifetime Hiking:环勃朗峰(Tour de Mont Blanc)路书 -PART 2 ***未经授权,谢绝转载*** 3.实际具体行程 上半圈: Day1 Courmayeur 1226m - Rifugio Bertone 1989m/LUNCH - Mont de la Saxe - Tete de la Tronche 2584m - Col Sapin 2436m - Vallon d’Armina - Rifugio Bona...
moi  idea  alpe  rando  france  travel 
september 2017 by aries1988
Cinq week-ends en Europe pour un « city break »
A peine rentré, voilà qu’on a déjà envie de repartir. Parce qu’un week-end suffit pour déconnecter, direction Rome, Lisbonne ou Reykjavik pour un « city break » sur mesure.
idea  moi  travel  europe  lisbon  iceland  rome 
september 2017 by aries1988
Unspunnen: the festival of Swissness held every 12 years

In the US, I can’t even go for a swim or to the gym without signing my life away. But in Switzerland, I can pick up a boulder — up to 83kg — and hurl it (barefoot, if desired) while a large audience sits several feet away. More than teaching me about proper Swiss stone-throwing form, it teaches me about the Swiss culture of trust and personal responsibility.

Its aim was to heal growing political tension between the city dwellers of Bern and the farmers of the highlands to the south — areas recently amalgamated into one canton. The organisers, four influential citizens of Bern including the mayor and chief magistrate, hoped to emphasise shared heritage over power struggles and to cultivate the “mutual goodwill and gracious unity to which for centuries our fatherland has owed its strength, its glory and its good fortune”.

On my way to peruse the food tents, I hear what sounds like a very depressed cow — a tourist close by trying to blow an alpenhorn.

I opt for rösti, made with day-old cooked potatoes, butter, salt and milk, and considered by many Swiss German speakers to be the national dish. The country’s French speakers would argue for fondue but, in the true festival spirit of unity, both are available here.

The men wear black pants, black hats adorned with flowers and black velvet vests embroidered with edelweiss. The women are in various colourful dirndls, billowy white shirts, white tights and black shoes. The costumes differ slightly according to the wearers’ home region, and there are over 400 variations.

every 12 years, that stories of unadulterated Swiss culture embark on another world tour via Interlaken’s most famous export — the tourist.
swiss  tourist  festival  tradition  history  identity  culture  travel  idea 
september 2017 by aries1988
梁文道:燒烤是一種煉金術(美食從街坊開始之二)

遠在西班牙北海岸巴斯克地區,夾在聖塞巴斯蒂安與畢爾包兩座城市當中,深藏山嶺群翠之間的「Asador Etxebarri」,自然不會在這一點上叫人失望。特別是到了十五道菜套餐的尾聲,一份大得足夠兩、三人分享的T骨扒上桌的時候。「加利西亞牛肉」(Galician beef)本來就是西班牙的驕傲,世上最好的牛肉之一。再經過三個多禮拜的熟成,脂肪和肉質已經陳化到恰到好處的狀態。然後配上「Asador Etxebarri」精準到無人可以匹敵的火候控制,整盤肉的表皮呈現出完全的焦黑,差一點就是不能吃的地步;從已經切成條狀的肉塊間隙看去,卻是鮮紅粉嫩,差一點就是生肉,這份牛扒多汁而堪咀嚼,肉味真實,鹹香澎湃,有早已飽得不行的人把它全部啃淨,也有到了此處單點此味的地方食客,無不許為當世第一。
food  basque  gastronomy  travel  idea 
september 2017 by aries1988
博物志: #81:牛首山震撼记
在南京下了火车总能看到一个大广告牌上写着「来南京,总要去一次牛首山」——于是我们去了。老实说我一开始是抱着看笑话的心情去的,因为早就耳闻牛首山俨然小雷音寺的排场,想去见识一下。后来发现,土豪超过了一定阈值就只剩下震撼了,让人脑子里根本分不出精力去辨别和思考,释伽牟尼顶骨舍利放在这宫殿里反倒显得像是点缀。
nanjing  travel  idea  moi  china  buddhism 
september 2017 by aries1988
East Goes West

In the life of a Chinese tourist, guides play an especially prominent role—translator, raconteur, and field marshal—and Li projected a calm, seasoned air. He often referred to himself in the third person—Guide Li—and he prided himself on efficiency. Everyone, our watches should be synchronized, he said. It is now 7:16 P.M. He implored us to be five minutes early for every departure. We flew all the way here, he said. Let’s make the most of it.

We might think you could just make a fake card or manipulate the records—no big deal, Li said. But, if you get caught, the fine starts at eighty-eight hundred euros, and they take away your license! That’s the way Europe is. On the surface, it appears to rely on everyone’s self-discipline, but behind it all there are strict laws.

In Europe, he warned, tactfully, Throughout our trip, breakfast will rarely be more than bread, cold ham, milk, and coffee. The bus was silent for a moment.

some of his older travellers used to have a habit of hiding cash in the toilet tank or the ventilation ducts. The worst case I’ve had was a guest who sewed money into the hem of the curtains,

At a Malaysian casino hotel in 2005, some three hundred Chinese visitors were issued special meal coupons bearing cartoon pig faces. The hotel said that the illustrations were simply to differentiate Chinese guests from Muslims, who don’t eat pork, but the offended Chinese tourists staged a sit-in, singing the national anthem.

Handy and Karen kept an eye on every cent. Within a few days, they could tell me exactly how much we’d spent on each bottle of water in five countries.

On average, a Chinese tourist buys more than a thousand dollars’ worth of tax-free stuff abroad—more luxury bags, watches, and designer clothes than any other nationality, including the Japanese, according to Global Blue, the tax-free-shopping refund service. Chinese tourists abroad spend nearly twice as much on shopping as they do on hotel rooms. Several in our group told me how sorry they were that we weren’t stopping at a place called Aotelaise. The name baffled me. Someone explained that it’s a new Chinese word: outlets.

I didn’t sense overwhelming sympathy. The Chinese have been the world’s most abundant migrants, but these days many believe that they have better job prospects at home than abroad.

He was a sanitation specialist by training, and he couldn’t help but notice Milan’s abundant graffiti and overstuffed trash bins. As Li had explained it, The government wants to clean, but it doesn’t have enough money. Handy tried to be polite, but he said, If it was like this in Shanghai, old folks would be calling us all afternoon to complain.

I was struck that, for all his travels, Zhu saw an enduring philosophical divide between China and the West: two different ways of thinking, as he put it. We will use their tools and learn their methods. But, fundamentally, China will always maintain its own way, he said.
europe  china  tourist  story  youth  gaijin  reportage  travel  shopping  thinking  anecdote  world  work  stereotype  tourism 
august 2017 by aries1988
是的,我们把美国签证破解了
从上次写文章说要做一个关于签证的事情到现在,已经有半年了,是该把我们这半年做的事情做个总结,秀个阶段性的成果出来了。…
howto  usa  visa  travel  tips 
august 2017 by aries1988
Away from my desk: Jeremy Corbyn, Bob Diamond and Paula Hawkins on their perfect summer holidays

Do you exercise on holiday? On days at the office, my daily step target is 12,000. On holiday, I try to increase to 24,000. Mainly by the beach if I can, but if not then the gym. (I feel so virtuous about this answer but it’s the truth!)

If you could go to any place at any time, where would you go? I used to think that there are special places I should not miss in life. But I don’t believe that any more. It’s not that somewhere in my mind there is a box with a big red warning sign Open only in Paris! and when I finally visit Paris, I get to open the box and out come all kinds of special emotions and feelings that I can have only in Paris. No. Whatever I can feel in Paris, I can feel anywhere in the world.

Top travel tip? Be here and now instead of busying yourself manufacturing memories for future consumption.
travel  idea  life  song  philosophy 
august 2017 by aries1988
Travels in Siberia—II
INSECTS Eleven days from St. Petersburg, Sergei Lunev, Volodya Chumak, and I were well into the swampy flatlands of western Siberia. It was the summer of 2001,…
instapaper_favs  russia  siberia  travel  life  nature 
june 2017 by aries1988
Travels in Siberia—I
The Ural Mountains, which cross Russia north to south from the Arctic Ocean to Kazakhstan, are the western edge of Siberia. The Urals also separate Europe from Asia. As a mountain range with the big job of dividing two continents, the Urals aren’t much. It is possible to drive over them, as I have done, and not know. In central Russia, the summits of the Urals average between one thousand and two thousand feet. But after you cross the Urals the land opens out, the villages are farther apart, the concrete bus shelters along the highway become fewer, and suddenly you realize you’re in Siberia.

In much of Siberia, the land doesn’t do much of anything besides gradually sag northward to the Arctic. The rivers of western Siberia flow so slowly that they hardly seem to move at all. There the rivers run muddy; in eastern Siberia, with its real mountains and sharper drop to the Pacific, many of the rivers run clear.

Now and then, a passenger train goes by, and, if the time is summer and the weather, as usual, hot, many shirtless passengers are hanging from the open windows with the curtains flapping beside them. Not even the most luxurious car on the Trans-Siberian Railway offers air-conditioning.

To astronomers, Siberia provides the advantage of skies largely untroubled by light pollution and, in some places, cloud-free for more than two hundred days a year. Looking up at the clarity of the night in Siberia, you feel that you are in the sky yourself. Never in my life had I seen so many satellites and shooting stars.

Exile under the tsars could be a rather mild proposition, especially compared with what the Soviets later devised; during his exile Lenin received a government stipend of twelve rubles a month, which covered room and board along with extras like books. He was able to get a lot of reading done. All in all, Siberia seems to have agreed with Lenin splendidly, and seasoned him as a political thinker.

The first Russian ruler to style himself officially as tsar, Ivan IV (Ivan Grozny, Ivan the Fear-Inspiring, the Terrible), was also the first to add “Lord of All the Siberian Land” to his titles. He was able to do this because he had conquered the Tatar city of Kazan, a Muslim stronghold on the Volga River which had long blocked Russian moves eastward. With Kazan out of the way, Russian adventurers could go beyond the frontiers to previously unexplored lands across the Urals.

(Later, in my more uncertain moods, I wondered if my guides might be Ivan Susanin, and the Polish army might be me.)

Any stop sign in such a rural place in America (let alone a stop sign written in a foreign language) would likely have a few bullet holes.
humor  russia  siberia  travel  story  russian  history  geography  comparison  american 
june 2017 by aries1988
博物志 #69: 东京见闻录(下,并魔都强力乱入)
00:55:47 上海观复博物馆
01:44:28 上海城市规划展览馆
shanghai  travel  idea  moi 
april 2017 by aries1988
低调而灿烂的葡萄牙小吃
12月的欧洲大部分地区都已步入寒冬,只有伊比利亚半岛的阳光仍然肆意袭人。走在里斯本正午的海岸,望着波光粼粼的塔霍河和远处神似金门的大桥,不禁感叹南欧真是冬日旅行的不二之选。 这种感叹当然离不开美食的诱...
portugal  moi  travel  idea 
march 2017 by aries1988
数字敦煌
这里让你走进敦煌石窟
china  travel  photo  resource  culture  buddhism 
march 2017 by aries1988
壁下观 #39: 「观二代」是怎么养成的

育儿兹事体大,如今各类育儿经验和教学文章越来越多,而中国教育体系里一向疲弱的美育,也越来越受到新一代父母的重视。以「壁下观」为宗旨的主播们,是如何培养自己的「观二代」的?超人夫妇的女儿在四个月大时就已经踏足壁下,四处观赏壁画、雕像、古建筑。本期我们就来听听她们的育儿观。
children  travel  driving  family  fun  art  history  china  kid 
february 2017 by aries1988
波尔图和大阪:忍辱负重的第二城市 - BBC 主页

整座城市都充斥着意想不到的美景。这里有横跨杜罗河的路易一世双层拱形大桥,还有堪称建筑奇迹的Casa da Música音乐厅(据说它看起来像一个巨大的节拍器),处处令人流连忘返。难怪年轻时的JK·罗琳(JK Rowling)在这里找到了创作哈利·波特(Harry Potter)的灵感。那是20世纪90年代初,当时还在当英语老师的罗琳经常光顾Livraria Lello书店。这里蜿蜒美丽的楼梯和12世纪的新哥特式建筑的确很容易让人想起霍格沃兹魔法学校。最近几年,这里已经成了哈利·波特迷的圣地,从早到晚都排着长长的队伍。

一位冰岛人曾经对我说,倘若你无法确定自己真正的故乡是哪里,那就问自己一个问题:"你想死在哪里?"
from:rss  comparison  portugal  japan  travel  idea  moi 
february 2017 by aries1988
Vous avez aimé « La La Land », vous allez adorer Los Angeles
Le film de Damien Chazelle aux sept Golden Globes et aux quatorze nominations aux Oscars assoit sa fantaisie sur une ville bien réelle. Visite guidée, avec ou sans chorégraphie.
usa  travel  guide  california 
january 2017 by aries1988
Douce France ! Dix idées d’escapades pour 2017
Tous les dimanches, La Matinale vous propose des destinations de voyage aussi inattendues que possible.
2017  list  france  travel  idea  moi 
january 2017 by aries1988
Why a Paris corner shop taught FT writer the most about France
There are few better places for a Sunday brunch than Sanukiya, a small udon bar close to the Opéra. This Japanese eatery offers fabulous soups and tempura, and ice-cold Japanese beer on tap

€1m A one-bedroom apartment in the 1st arrondissement, a short walk from the Tuileries Garden

€2.5m A four-bedroom apartment in a Haussmannian building in the 7th arrondissement, close to Les Invalides

€5m A 218 sq metre apartment in the elegant 16th arrondissement, with views of the Eiffel Tower
paris  story  money  buy  appart  restaurant  idea  japanese  food  sunday  travel 
november 2016 by aries1988
FT correspondent James Crabtree on bringing up a baby in Mumbai

For the next two years I wrote happily about Indian business for the FT while we travelled avidly at weekends, from skiing in the Himalayas to tiger safaris in Madhya Pradesh.

Walking through an Indian airport with my son is perhaps the closest I will come to celebrity, as heads turned to watch the baby, and strangers approached, embarrassed and smiling, asking for selfies.

Back at home, we learnt the benefits of being parents in India, not least the plentiful childcare. There was even the unheard of option of night nurses, women who stay through the night to help look after the baby, allowing parents to rest. We turned that down, thinking we should learn the hard way, perplexing Indian friends. Others seemed confused that we put Alexander to bed at the primly European hour of 7pm, while many Indian babies head off to sleep rather closer to midnight.

It is often said that India is a land of contrasts, but few are more jarring than that between the grim conditions in which many children live and the profoundly child-loving culture in the country as a whole.

I hope Alexander comes to enjoy his secret Indian middle name. And even if he does not, I will remember fondly how he came to have it, and even more so the country that welcomed him into the world.

Charming colonial architecture
story  children  parenting  india  expat  uk  travel  name  tradition  culture 
november 2016 by aries1988
Chasing Hiroshige’s Vision of Japan
The emotions I experienced after my first trip to Japan in 2011 — and here my parents and children might want to skip ahead — were distinctly similar to those I’d experienced after losing my virginity: something I’d imagined a million times had now taken place, and while it wasn’t exactly as I’d expected, it was still pretty great, and I was now a different person.
travel  japan  art  rando 
november 2016 by aries1988
History, Travel, Arts, Science, People, Places | Smithsonian
More than 20 million people in the U.S. are afraid of flying. Sitting in a chair that's floating in the air may be technologically stunning to some, but that…
explained  travel  aviation 
november 2016 by aries1988
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