Long-Lost Cousin Bi

See the resemblance?
See the resemblance?

I don’t know if it’s because the Chinese tend to be so openly curious about foreigners, but I find myself engaged in at least one unusual conversation per day here. Today, while buying mini-chopsticks for the kids, the store owner decided to examine my notes and then declared to the cashier, “That’s not English. Probably Russian.” And it’s true, my handwriting doesn’t really resemble English.  It doesn’t resemble any language in fact. So I could see how she had come to the conclusion.Of course, I had to correct her, though. After ascertaining I was an English speaker, she then logically asked for my Chinese name.

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Daybreak, Railei Beach, Thailand

Dusky Langur
Dusky Langur

About a year ago I bought a digital audio recorder for interviews and podcasts. It’s really a great little gadget, but as I generally reach for the camera first when I’m out and about, the audio recorder only gets occasional use.  So, in an attempt to get it out of my bag more often, I’ve begun recording soundscapes from different places around the world to post here. The first is the sound of the jungle awakening at dawn, Railei Beach, Thailand.

[audio:Thailand Beach.mp3]