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Lost in Istanbul at midnight

22 °C
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As mentioned earlier we had trouble getting back from the hostels where we considered staying the third night (and where the group was meeting) to our hotel. To get there was simple, we followed the tram tracks then the wall outside the Topkapi Palace. Getting back was harder, as there were a lot of hills (both up and down) and we wanted to avoid that by taking a slightly different route. That didn't really work out for us, and we ended up walking over an hour on the way back, compared with about 15 minutes on the way over.

I lost my sense of direction because I'm used to grid cities and the streets of Istanbul are winding. So we end up walking the wrong way. After awhile I figure we should be there by now, and we're on poorly lit narrow roads, so I ask the least imposing (a 60 year old cleaning the sidewalk in front of his place) for directions to Sirkeci, the district my hotel is in. He points the way I was going, so I continue. Awhile later I ask another, he also points the way I am going. Another while later, someone asks to see the map because he doesn't understand me, so I show him and he points the way I came from. A few minutes later Sue asks a police officer with an AK47 who is standing in front of a playground that is full of small children at midnight (that's right), and he gives the same directions, and says it is 2 tram stops away.

So we walk another while, up a hill, and notice it is smoky. As we are walking we hear a loud crash, too long and low-pitched to be a gunshot but otherwise similar. A block later we see a throng of teenagers where the blast came from, so figured it was kids playing with explosives or something like that. Then another blocks later (and to the right) we see several firetrucks and that 6 fire hoses are spraying into an apartment window. So that's what it was, an apartment fire. Locals are looking out of their apt windows, guess it's not every day they see this type of thing.

A few blocks later we are relieved to find the tram tracks, which we follow for 5 stops home. Longer than the officer said, but we made it back unscathed.

Posted by chrisvasil 12:55 Archived in Turkey Tagged educational Comments (0)

舒老师的小讲堂(3)

Beaver - 河狸

sunny 25 °C

加拿人对河狸情有独钟。就像中国的熊猫,河狸是加拿大的象征。
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加拿大的五分硬币的正面,就是河狸的“官方照片”。
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让河狸驰名世界的是蒙特利尔的奥运会,河狸成了鼎鼎大名的吉祥物。(中国奥运会吉祥物的设计者看了肯定有些自豪 - 天下竟然还有比福娃还土的设计!)
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去渥太华就不得不尝一尝有名的河狸尾巴(beaver tail)。据说奥巴马首次出访加拿大的时候(好像就来了一次吧),还专门打破了规定的行程,去了这家小店。
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其实说到底,就是甜版的油条。把米粉(或者面粉)揉成薄薄得椭圆形,油里一炸,撒上一些柠檬水,桂粉和糖就可以上桌了。
翠花,上菜!!!!
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对比一下店里卖的和真的河狸尾巴,不得不佩服店主的想象力!real_Beaver_tail.jpgreal.jpg

Posted by suevasil 21:09 Archived in Canada Tagged educational Comments (2)

舒老师的小讲堂(2)

千岛湖

14 °C

浙江有一个千岛湖,记得高中毕业那年,我,丁岚和西瓜还去腐败了3天。加拿大同样也有一个千岛湖。与其说加拿大,还不如说美国,因为大部分的岛屿其实都在美国的境内。既然叫千岛湖,顾名思义,有一千多个岛。有人统计过,好像有1千3百80多个(如果有钻研精神的同学就自己去gu一下吧)。

和中国的千岛湖有明显区别的是岛屿的所属权。这个万恶的资本主义社会处处体现了富人欺诈穷人(大鱼吃小鱼的本质。。。政治经济学的好的同学继续发挥。。。)。能拥有这些岛,并在岛上建度假屋的大多数都是穷凶吉恶的来自纽约州的资本家。岛+度假屋的价格从25万到1千万不等。
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在今天这堂课上要找重强调的是爱心岛。话说很久很久以前(我也没有注意听讲解是大概什么时间),在纽约有个开大酒店的地主(据chris说他的饭店现在还矗立在曼哈顿的高楼从中,名字我也忘了,呵呵,不好意思!),他非常爱他的老婆(我们这里就简称地主婆吧),于是在千岛湖中选了一个特别大的岛,让工匠日夜施工,把岛凿成心的形状,并在岛上建了一个很大的城堡和n个小的城堡来讨好地主婆。没曾想到地主婆还没有见到修建完毕的城堡便一命呜呼了。地主乃是一个痴情的老男人,于是从此不再踏足爱心岛。哎,这样的男人,又有闲钱,又有浪漫,这地主婆是怎么教化的呀?!!
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在爱心岛的正对面还有一个岛屿,上面盖了一座小城堡,是地主给地主婆的妈盖的。原话翻译成中文是这样的“这座城堡是专门给他的岳母建造的。他的岳母不会游泳。他春天的时候送她去岛上的城堡,秋天的时候接她回来”。反正我是想了半天也没有想通游泳和接送她的关系。难道她岳母特别不受待见,所以为了她尽量地少了烦他,所以他把她软禁在岛上的城堡上半年,即使她想跳湖,也只有淹死的分? 真深奥!
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还有一个值得一提的岛就是高尔夫球场岛。一群百万/千万富翁在上面盖了一个高尔夫球场。在小布什当总统的时候还应邀来岛上小玩!比其他在南方的农场,这里应该是别有一番风味吧!
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Posted by suevasil 11:07 Archived in Canada Tagged educational Comments (0)

舒老师的小讲堂(1)

皇后大学

semi-overcast 18 °C

大家都说读万卷书,行千里路。我在行路的同时也普及一些小知识吧。

皇后大学在安省,刚开始的时候是座教会学校。后来政府拨了些钱,雇了些老师,招了些学生,规模也就越来越大,名声也与日俱增了。(大家发挥自己想象吧,我们这里就不看过程看结果了。)什么法学院,医学院的,都成了加拿大的顶尖专业。

像我这么对学习恨之入骨的人一般来说是不愿意去专程看什么学校的。之所以会去,完全是因为chris的高中同学在那里,而且邻近还有千岛湖,所以就当免费在那里住一宿了。废话不说了,大家还是看图吧!
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Queens的楼充满了历史的厚重和庄严,不是我这种俗人能够消受和理解的。我个人还是喜欢热闹的现代的Waterloo的DC和SLC的设计风。
格。下面的这张图是否让loo的校友们有种似曾相识的感觉呢?
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Posted by suevasil 10:31 Archived in Canada Tagged educational Comments (0)

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