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What To Do When No One Speaks English?

May 15, 2017

English is a common second language in many countries, particularly those that see lots of tourists or international businesspeople. But go off the beaten track, and English speakers aren't as easy to find.

 

1. Don't Panic.

Logic and composure are your best friends. Don't worry; eventually someone will help. Stay positive.

2. Get An App.

If you'll be using your smartphone abroad, download a translation app.

 

3. Buy A Phrasebook.

Remember that your smartphone may not work everywhere in the world -- and if your battery dies, you may need a backup plan.

 

4. Find A Tourist Office.

mcdonald's golden arches chinaAs with hotels, tourist offices are used to interacting with international visitors and will likely have multilingual people on staff.

American Airlines To Squeeze Seats Closer Together On New Planes

May 04, 2017

The distance between the back of one seat and the back of the next will be 30 inches for most of the economy seats on the 737-Max jet the carrier will start flying this year, American Airlines representatives said. For three rows in the economy section, the distance will be 29 inches. For comparison, the distance on similar-sized Boeing 737-800 jets American currently operates is 31 inches.

 

American Airlines spokesman Joshua Freed said the carrier doesn’t measure legroom, which it considers a subjective experience that varies with the length of each passenger’s legs. Instead, he said, the carrier is able to shrink the distance between seat backs — the “pitch” measurement standard the industry prefers — because they are thinner on the 737-Max. That should minimize the effect on passenger limbs, Freed said.

 

“It still provides a good experience for people,” he said. JetBlue’s A320 planes offer a 34-inch pitch on all seats, the site noted.

 

American’s seat-distance plans were first reported by CNN.  The news comes shortly after U.S. lawmakers told executives from some airlines, including American, that the government would intervene if the airlines did not improve customer service on their own.

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$69 One-way Fares To Europe Now On Sale

January 11, 2017

Flights from California to Europe for $69? A trans-Atlantic fare war could be brewing as airlines that already offer some of the cheapest tickets between North America and Europe get set to do battle. The fares – good for flights from Jan. 15 through April 5 – are now being sold on connecting itineraries to Stockholm; Copenhagen; Bristol, England; and Edinburgh, Scotland. WOW billed the fares as “its lowest airline prices yet” for customers flying between California and Europe.

 

There was one asterisk for the cheap fares however. While the $69 fares were widely available from L.A. and San Francisco, the cheapest return fares on those routes ranged from $129 to $199. Those were still exceptionally low prices, but the $69 fare was not available in both directions.

However, passengers looking to snap up bargain fares on WOW (or on competitor Norwegian) should know that they'll likely pay a fee for nearly everything beyond a guaranteed seat somewhere on the plane. Part of a new breed of "ultra low-cost carriers" that are expanding both in the USA and around the world, WOW charges a fee for everything from seat assignments to carry-on bags. Norwegian operates under a similar model.

 

For Canadian customers, WOW was offering fares as low as CDN $99 (about $75 U.S.) for connecting flights from Toronto and Montreal to the European cities of Copenhagan, Stockholm and Bristol. WOW began flying from Canada in 2016.

Independence Week of Central America

September 2016

On September 15th, five Central American nations — Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua — will celebrate 193 years of independence. On this day in 1821, Central American leaders accepted a plan drafted by the Mexican Agustin de Iturbide, declaring the five nations free from Spain.

 

On July 1, 1823, the congress of Central America declared absolute independence from Spain, Mexico, and any other foreign nation, including North America. A republican system was formed.

 

The Countries

 

Guatemala

Home to volcanoes, rainforest and ancient Mayan sites.

Life Expectancy: 66  •  GDP per Capita: U.S. $3,900   •   Literacy Percent: 71

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The very first inhabitants of Guatemala arrived dated as far back as 18000 B.C.

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Honduras

The country is a very mountainous and forested place to live and/or visit.

Life Expectancy: 71  •  GDP per Capita: U.S. $2,500   •   Literacy Percent: 76

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Over 80% of the land is mountainous in Honduras

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El Salvador

It’s known for its Pacific Ocean beaches, surf spots and mountainous landscape.

Life Expectancy: 70  •  GDP per Capita: U.S. $4,600   •   Literacy Percent: 80

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El Salvador is also known as the Land of Volcanoes

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Costa Rica

They’re known for biodiversity and a quarter of its area is made up of protected jungle.

Life Expectancy: 79  •  GDP per Capita: U.S. $8,300   •   Literacy Percent: 96

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Costa Rica is the only country without an army or military of any kind.

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Nicaragua

Known for its dramatic terrain of lakes, volcanoes & beaches.

Life Expectancy: 69  •  GDP per Capita: U.S. $2,200   •   Literacy Percent: 68

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The national sport of Nicaragua is baseball, it’s more popular than football!

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Mexico

Their Independence day known as, “cry of independence” is on September 16, 1810, which started a revolt against the Spaniards. The Mexican War of Independence was an armed conflict which ended the rule of Spain in 1821

 The official name of for Mexico is the United Mexican States.

 

Fact:

Artists can pay their taxes with artwork.

Olympic Moments That Changed History

August 2016

The Olympics have a rich history of inspiring achievements as well as controversial moments, but we found these 13 milestones to have left perhaps the deepest impressions on the world and the Games today.

Paris, 1900:

First Female Athletes

T he Olympics have a rich history of inspiring achievements as well as controversial moments, but we found these 13 milestones to have left perhaps the deepest impressions on the world and the Games today.

Berlin, 1936:

Owens Breaks Records

African-American athlete Jesse Owens broke records and won several gold medals, shattering Hitler’s aim to use the 1936 Games as an example of the “new Aryan man.”

Londres / London, 1948:

Wheelchair Athletes Compete

E nglish doctor Ludwig Guttmann founded the International Wheelchair Games to help rehabilitate wounded veterans of World War II.

Who Revived The Idea Of The Olympic Games?

A French nobleman, Pierre Fredy, the Baron de Coubertin, born in 1863. When he was young, Coubertin was a very keen sportsman.

 

As he grew older he developed a passionate belief that sport could encourage peace throughout the world and bring people from all over the world together.

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