I'm an English teacher, but I have a confession to make. I don't speak English. Okay, okay..I do speak English, but contrary to what most people think, it's not exactly my first language. Okay, okay...so strictly speaking, "English" sort of is my first language, that is of course, if you consider what linguistics refer to as Hawaiian Creole English as being English, then yes, I speak English as my mother tongue.
Legally speaking, the official languages of Hawai'i are English and 'Olelo Hawai'i (Native Hawaiian.) However, 'Olelo Hawai'i as a native language is only spoken by about 24,000 people. As for English, although 74% of residents in Hawaii reportedly speak English at home, the form of English being spoken is debatable.
You may remember Scott Muehlbauer from "Chat With an Expat" a couple months ago. Well, now he has his own Drifters Blog column called "Shot of Scott" where he shares with us a photo or video clip from his many travels around the world! In the first installment of this series, Scott takes us on a walk across Galata Bridge in Istanbul, Turkey.
The Galata Bridge links the historic old city of Sultanahmet with Galata and Beyoğlu--two districts of Istanbul known for their restaurants and nightlife. I was interested in seeing these areas and sampling some of the fantastic Turkish food.
I'm JR. I come from a long line of adventurers, some were nomadic explorers of the sea and others wandering cultivators of the earth. Ultimately, this legacy of drifters has deeply affected my view of travel. Read more...