Too busy to work on your goals?
Just had a first -- was in a taxi in Beijing. The taxi driver was a young guy, probably newly to Beijing from the provinces.
What made him different from the hundreds of other taxi drivers in the city was that he was playing songs in English and singing along, meaning he'd be picking up English gradually as he goes.
Are you too busy to keep moving ahead the world? Maybe not, if you get a little creative about it.
Love this. I've been doing something similar with Arabic. The downside is that it won't teach you word meanings, but it really helps with getting your brain accustomed to the sounds of the new language. :) And it's always nice to hear about someone trying to improve themselves using unconventional means
What a fascinating trip. I just did this route -
Beijing -> Erlianhaote -> Zamyn Uud -> Ulan Bator
Why do I choose such circuitous, crazy routes? Well, lots of reasons.
I want to understand as much as I can about the world, and taking out of the way routes - especially through important border towns - teaches a lot.
Often, you can manage a route like this in a way that's much less expensive than direct flights. Yes, time is money, but money is also money.
A few weeks prior I was at an airport, desperate for something to eat. I got a poor quality sandwich at an above average price. I paid, and it served its purpose: to make me stop feeling starving.
When I visited Haiti I was staying with a couch surfer. My bus arrived just as dark was rolling in. I had my host's phone number, but I didn't have a usable phone. I was the only tourist on the bus (meaning the only white person), and I hadn't heard anyone else speak English. A cabbie spoke in broken English to get me to ride in his cab.
"Can I use your phone?"