Lost in Translation in Hangzhou – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , November 16th, 2018

Lost in Translation in Hangzhou

“Welcome to the back!” proclaimed an English sign at the front door of a small Chinese restaurant in Hangzhou, a city in China, known for its West Lake. It was here where Marco Polo once sailed, mesmerized by its stunning beauty and declared the place in ancient times as “the most beautiful place in the world.”

Six exhausted backpackers from four countries and I, who all met in a hostel, froze for a moment in silence, as if trying to decipher one of China’s ancient, decrepit signboard. We exchanged quick glances, hoping one had a clue to share. We were pretty sure we were standing at the entrance, not the back, of the restaurant. Almost in unison, we quickly realized what the sign meant was, “Welcome back.” It’s one of those rampant translations gone wrong in Chinglish, a blend of Chinese and English.

With hunger excruciatingly creeping into our stomachs, we gave up looking for another restaurant. We’d been walking all day and we were so hungry we could eat a barrel of dumplings sans chopsticks.

Two ladies behind the reception desk smiled when we came in. One disappeared quickly to call someone from the kitchen. When we were all seated, the other waitress came with a kettle of tea and a vacuum flask of hot water. She carefully poured the hot water and tea alternately with impeccable skill. When she was done, she said something in Chinese and our jaws dropped. We understood not a single word. She looked at each one of our tired faces, hoping a single one of us could make sense of what she just said. Meeting our uncomprehending looks, she smiled sheepishly and left embarrassed.

By Alain – Full Story at Keep Calm and Wander

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Gay Accommodations: Agriturismo Il Segreto di Pietrafitta, San Gimignano, Tuscany, Italy

Author: , January 13th, 2016

Agriturismo Il Segreto di Pietrafitta

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Il Segreto di Pietrafitta is an elegant structure that rises on the gates of San Gimignano, the most famous medieval town in Tuscany. The origins of the structure are quite ancient, and many historical figures have slept within its walls. The Agriturismo is located on a dominant position, facing towards the magnificent town of San Gimignano. From here you’ll be able to easily reach Florence, Siena, and the Chianti region. There are also many wonderful small medieval towns to visit nearby, such as Volterra, Certaldo, Monteriggioni, and many others.

The structure offers 9 very comfortable rooms, meticulously decorated from local craftsmen, including floors covered with Cotto (typical Tuscan clay bricks), and wooden beams on the ceilings. No small details are left unnoticed here at Il Segreto di Pietrafitta!

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Jenna’s River B&B, Panajachel, Guatemala

Author: , August 20th, 2015

Jenna's River B&B

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Jenna’s B&B aims to be your home away from home. The small town of Panajachel is a mile above sea level on the shores of Lake Atitlan in Guatemala! Although we are in a quiet location we are still close to restaurants, and docks from which to take the water taxies and explore the Mayan villages around the lake.

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American Airlines Adds Spanish, Portuguese to Gay Portal Site

Author: , April 14th, 2012

American Airlines PortalAmerican Airlines today announced that its popular lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Web portal, www.AA.com/Rainbow, now welcomes travelers in two additional languages – Portuguese and Spanish.

In 2006, American Airlines was among the world’s first airlines to design an innovative LGBT website to reach out to travel-savvy and loyal LGBT travelers.

The added languages are intended to connect American with more of its customers throughout the Western Hemisphere and beyond. All three language choices offered are at the top of the page, and travelers simply choose their language preference to access it.

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