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Disappearing Languages: Travelling With Your Ears Open

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Disappearing Languages all around the world is an issue often overlooked. We notice and capture everything exotic and fresh while travelling, but end up travelling deaf. There are more than 6000 languages in the world right now. However, a language dies every two weeks. Along with the last speaker, goes an entire system to express emotions, medicinal practices, conservation practices and culture.

Moreover, Helping preserve an indigenous or dying language is a dimension of Ethical Travelling.  

 

CONNECT WITH THE LAND

While preparing your itinerary, search for areas that are hotspots for linguistic diversity. When Travelling, connect with the guide and gain information about the local languages. It is even better if you can find someone to help translate/transliterate those languages. Make it a must to visit those areas.

 

DON’T LIMIT SMART TRAVEL TO YOURSELF

Apps and Websites like Talking Dictionaries and Wikitongues allow you to contribute to an online collection of languages from all around the world. It is not necessary for you to be a linguist to outrun the silence. It is common among students to opt for Language Tourism that requires a longer stay at respective destinations. Simply learning how to document a threatened language in a nearby area, can save a community from ‘cultural devastation’. 

Preserving Disappearing Languages

Linguistic Hotspots; image via: Swarthmore.edu

WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU HAVE LESS TIME FOR DOCUMENTATION

Record Oral Histories

Oral Histories can help you record languages at the peak of their functionality. While interviewing the person, keep the questions open-ended and very broad. This allows a free flow of thought and words. The reminiscent and emotional content is of extreme value. Record them talking in the Past, Present and Future Tense and among themselves.

 Be mindful about

  • Clean Audio, no noise in the background
  • The phone should be in a horizontal direction. This allows sharing ease on various online platforms.

Record Them Singing

Music is a very good way to inform the world about the existence of a language. Record the speakers of the language to sing a song in their language. Posting it online is imperative for creating awareness and generating action.

Donate Technology

Connect with the locals, teaching them how to create a language database themselves using Talking Dictionaries can help preserve the language for posterity. It is time to spend less on memoirs(travel like a minimalist), and more on preservation.

Preserving Disappearing Languages at home

Learn One Online

Explore resources online for languages that are not commercially but culturally important. Websites and apps like WikiTongues, The Rosetta Project, Matador Network, Ojibwe, Enduring Voices and Ethnologue can help you do so.

Create Content in Endangered Languages

Be as creative with your content as possible, they can even be memes!

Preserving Disappearing Languages

Preserving Disappearing Languages; “I’ll be back”(John Henhawk); Mohawk Language

 

Merci? Danke? …  Niawen’kó:wa! (Mohawk)

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The Most Beautiful Villages In The World

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Who doesn’t love big cities? But there are a lot of them around the world the feel remarkably similar. They consistently feature skyscrapers, crowded streets, and busy people in business suits.
Although, if you want to have the best way to travel experience it surely has to be a fundamentally different culture to explore the smaller villages away from the big cities.

Below are the 8 most beautiful villages in the world that immediately show how unique they truly are.

Shan State village, Myanmar

Situated on the banks of Inle Lake, Shan State village in Myanmar is definitely not the easiest village to get to. But if you get the chance, it is the opportunity of a lifetime!

Beautiful villages

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Popeye Village, Malta 

Popeye village, located at Anchor bae in the north-west corner of the Mediterranean island of Malta. It was an also film set from the 1980 musical ‘Popeye’, now a theme park village with boat rides & food outlets.

Beautiful villages

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Carvoeiro, Portugal 

It is a beautiful small town of Carvoeiro situated on the Portugal coasts. It is a fantastic destination to witness beautiful ambience and have a relaxed, peaceful holiday.

Beautiful villages

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Simiane La Rotonde Village, France

Surrounded by olive groves and lavender fields, Simiane La Rotonde is a beautiful hilltop village depicting the ancient medieval vibes. It has flower filled cobbled streets lined with pretty houses and artistic studious to die upon!

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Reine, Norway

A tiny and incredibly picturesque village situated in Norway is the best place to discover the Lofoten Islands.  Hub of fishing, the village has earned the title of the ‘most beautiful village in the world.’

Beautiful villages

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Rural Village, China

Situated on the rice field in southern China, this village is the significance of what peace looks like. It is located near Zhaotong District, Yunnan Province.

Beautiful villages

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Hallstatt, Austria

Hallstatt is one of Austria’s oldest and most famous towns. It has 16th-century Alpine houses and is home to scenic coffee shops and cafes. It also has a trail which leads to Echelon Valley glacier garden with beautiful glacier view.

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Gifu village, Shirakawa Japan

Shirakawa, Gifu village in Japan. It is known for being the site of Shirakawa-go traditional village showcasing a building style known as gassho-zukuri. Moreover, it has enormous fields of sunflowers which is a delight to watch!

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Is It Safe To Visit Nuclear Disaster Sites?

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Nuclear Disaster Sites

Theguardian.com

“Mankind invented the atomic bomb, but no mouse would ever construct a mousetrap.” 

-Albert Einstein

There was a time when countries and nation-states were in the rat race to acquire the monopoly over nuclear weapons. That was the time when the nuclear proliferation of these weapons was growing at an increasing rate. The weapon states and non-weapon states were at loggerheads with each other. Sooner and later, every country embarked on their individual capacity to build nuclear reactors and now if we look back, no good was achieved. The hunger games to redistribute the balance of power has led to the loss of lives and abandonment of places where once life perpetrated in the underbelly of once-safe nuclear disaster sites. Nuclear disasters occurred and left a legacy no one wanted. We earned but at what cost? Now that we are tackling with an invisible enemy ourselves, here’s a look at what these nuclear disaster sites look like today and whether it is safe to pay a visitation or not.

 

CHERNOBYL, 26 April 1986

More than 33 years ago, Chernobyl became the world’s worst nuclear disaster site. The plant crew intentionally switched off the safety systems to test the turbine.

Chernobyl has been opened to tourists and public since 2011 when the government authorities deemed it safe to visit. Given that you follow the orders of the tourist guide, you can prevent the radioactive from perpetrating your body.

The main danger is not radiation anymore, but the unsafe structures which have been deserted for 30 years, and lots of metal has been stripped away. So go around in groups, and obey the guide’s instructions.

 

FUKUSHIMA, 11 March 2011

The Dai-ichi nuclear power plant spewed radiation across dozens of towns, triggering a 10 mile evacuation zone. Following a major earthquake, a 15-metre tsunami disabled the power supply and cooling of three Fukushima Daiichi reactors, causing a nuclear accident on 11 March 2011. All three cores largely melted in the first three days.

9 years after the nuclear accident, Fukushima is expectantly opening up for Tokyo Olympic games 2020. The Japan government declares that Fukushima is under control.

 

TRINITY SITE, NEW MEXICO, 16 July 1945

One week after the establishment of White Sands Missile Range (WSMR), the world’s first atomic bomb was detonated in the north-central portion of the missile range, approximately 60 miles north of White Sands National Monument.

This site is now open to the public twice a year. It is located on the White Sands Missile Range which is an active military installation in New Mexico. The atmosphere is quite a circus with people bringing screaming kids, strollers, beer coolers, bicycles, dogs, and everything else you could think of.

 

Related: How Introversion makes the best Traveller

 

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Virtual Travel 2020: Sightseeing

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COVID- 19 is haunting the whole world. The deadly virus is spreading fast and also killing many. In addition, it has also forced many people around the world to be under a lockdown. In such times, it is but natural that one would come across boredom or be clueless about what to do. Because of the LockDown, even the travelers are missing one of the main seasons of travel. Therefore, in this blog, you can find different sightseeing places where you can visit as a part of your Virtual Travel 2020.

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Virtual Sightseeing

The Tourism Boards of many countries have made up arrangements for offering virtual tours. As a part of Virtual Tour 2020, you can tour the whole of Switzerland. The tour offers the visitors a tour to 22 lakes, 5 alpine passes and 12 different UNESCO sites. To tour Switzerland, visit here.

Virtual Travel 2020

Source: MySwitzerland

In addition, other countries like Australia, and Portugal to have come up with similar initiatives. There are different lakes, palaces, museums and castles in Australia that you can take a tour of. In addition, you can tour places like the home of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Schonbrunn Palace, Giant Ice caves and many more. To take a tour, visit here.

Giant Ice Caves; Source: salzburg.info

After that, you can visit here and take a tour of Portugal as well.

Apart from these whole country tours, there are countries that are providing tours of some of the most famous landmarks they have. For instance, Ireland is offering a tour of the Wild Atlantic Way. Find it here.

Wild Atlantic Way, Source: Ireland.com

In the same way, you can meet polar bears from Canada here. Apart from the polar bears from Canada, Google maps also brings to us many other places to tour. For instance, you can tour the Taj Mahal from India, Kennedy Space Center, USA, Pyramids of Giza from Egypt. In addition, you can also tour the Everest base camp, Venice, Burj Khalifa, Mt Fuji and much more. Just visit here.

Virtual Travel 2020

Burj Khalifa, Source: YouTube

The Cambodian site of Angor Wat is available to tour on the above link of google maps. In addition, there is a special website dedicated for the Virtual Tour of Angor Wat. Find it here. 

Virtual Travel 2020

Angor Wat, Source: Out Adventures

The breathtaking site of Machu Picchu can be visited here. 

Virtual Travel 2020

Machu Picchu, Souce: How Stuff Works

To visit London click here and to visit Washington D.C. click here.

Well with so many new places to visit, now you don’t have to worry about the boredom.

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