Experiencing Travel Advice 101?
(Photo taken on Highway 1 to Calgary from Regina, before departing to China)
(Rest of photography is NOT for sale in case you love my talent so much.)
(Jk. I just need photos to fill in space for this blog that were non-worldtrip related)
This is sort of travel advice. More like travel experience. Well technically this whole blog would be a travel experience. So could this be a travel experience 101? Either way i'm going to start with the most asked question of this trip.
"Where you from?"
That leads to a whole other conversation. Nope it's not the topic of correcting their English. From the more rudder people, right after asking they just add their own guesses.
"No it's Cana-"
"China? Ni Hao-wwww!"
"Ummm. Excuse me sir-"
"Your face look like Chinese but English very good."
"YES BECAUSE WE ARE FROM CANADA!"
"No..." *frowns at us* "Korea?"
"How about Ca-na-da?!"
"Oh sorry. Where you live? Toronto right?"
"Actually no, we live somewhere in the middle."
"Oh i know-"
"No, you won't know where..."
"Umm. No! On the contrary, Vancouver is in the west coast and we live in a province called Saskatchewan in a small capital city called REGINA. So you've heard of where we live?! That's really wonderful. Only that Vancouver or Toronto do not sounds like Regina :)"
That was the slightly exaggerated version but most people will ask us multiple times before really realizing that we really are from Canada. The rudest would just walk by and yell "NI HAO" or "KON'NICHIWA" Normally i kinda just look at them stupidly because even if i look Asian, i don't necessarily know every Asian dialect. Even then if we clear up the 'where you from' question, they would ask us why we weren't at school. So then that leads to explaining the whole amazing Canadian homeschooling process and 1 year travel voyage.
There are always travelers who approve of what we're doing and others (mostly the Chinese) who don't understand why this would benefit 4 beautiful children.
Another awkward problem is with french travelers. Us four kids would understand what they would be saying and i would be able to figure out if they were from France or Quebec. Sometimes if i felt bold enough, i would simply converse with them. Other times, you sort of have to try to hint that you know French. Because who would expect a very Asian looking family to speak perfect English? Not only that but who also communicate with one another in Cantonese? And understand French? Who are gone for one entire year to travel? With fraternal twins? From Saskatchewan?
Barely anyone who's not from Canada.
So before leaving, i had the role to plan Italy. I began learning Italian and attempted to speak a few phrases with a very obvious Italian lady. She said Ciao and laughed. My attempts faltered afterwards.
With other Asian languages, i picked up 'Thank You' and 'Hello' in every asian country we've visited so far but i'm still interested in knowing more vocabulary. I can define German quite easily haha. Dutch as well It's more umm...softer than German. We meet so many German travelers and they are all very friendly.
Other than that i learned that i really enjoy traveling. (Goodbye annoying humans!) Visiting new places (No school!) Meeting new people and listening to their adventures (Don't need to sleep early and wake up early!) Learning about every country's history and geography. (Thank goodness. I'm done with textbooks.) Experiencing different ways of living. (No need for 9 hours of soccer a week!) Just living life. (Away from the pressure of perfection and fruit-to-go snacks.)
I just realized that i sound like a travel hippie. But i have yet to dye my hair!
Short little blog about experiences we've had as travelling. This was originally meant for the end of the Vietnamese Blog but i'm in India right now around the middle of our journey. So this is from my experiences so far and much have changed. And in many ways i have as well.
Like my eyebrows ;)
I will attempt to catch up on my blogs and don't worry. These attempts will not turn out like my Italian. BYE!