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 the full article

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 the full article