China linguist’s 109th birthday wish: democracy

AFP  by Tom Hancock  |  <Original Source>

Zhou Youguang, commonly known as the “father of Pinyin”, pictured at his home in Beijing on January 11, 2015 (AFP Photo/Wang Zhao)

Born when a Qing dynasty emperor was on the throne, the man who helped invent the Pinyin system used for writing Chinese worldwide turned 109 on Tuesday.… Read more

Diamonds in the Rough 8 Dark Horse Destinations – Condé Nast Traveler [Granada, Nicaragua]

Granada, Nicaragua

Diamonds in the Rough 8 Dark Horse Destinations - Condé Nast Traveler [Granada, Nicaragua]Unfurled between one of the world’s great freshwater lakes and the prominent silhouette of an extinct stratovolcano, Granada is a majestic sight. But the 4,500-foot peak of nearby Mombacho doesn’t cast nearly as big a shadow on the city as does the inescapable allure of Costa Rica to the south.… Read more