Mexico and South America Travelogues

Just uploaded a Mexico travelogue (written by the two of us; trip was made in 2006) a few days ago. And here is the link:

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In the mean time, my first draft of South America travelogue is being reviewed (by my wife). I’ll post it soon after, with pictures as always. For a teaser, here is the beginning part.

Don’t Cry for me, Argentina

In classical Chinese romance stories, the beautiful heroines
often die young. In the typical western classical fairy tale, not a single word
is wasted after the lucky beauty is happily married. Ah, such is the strength
of bound between youth and beauty. For thousands of years, people have
fascinated about holding on to them, more than about holding on to their lives.
Stay, the spring of life; Stay, the beauty in my eye.

Eva Paron’s is just such a terribly tragic, and consequently
the more beautiful, story. She started from the bottom of the society, became
an actress (but not a top-rated one), and then helped her husband to become
president. She connected to people, gave them production tools or start up money
(economical stimulus package?), and rejected their calls to become the first
female vice president. And then she died, in her youth, with her beauty intact.
What more can a person, whether the beauty or the admirer, ask for?

Our trip to South America, in the summer of 2008 (locally
winter), was not primarily to trace the romantic silhouettes of Evita, or Che, whose famous motorcycle
journey started from Buenos Aires.
Our main aim was something more tangible, something you can see, hear, feel,
and breathe in, at the same time.

I also would like to write a Chinese version. Here is its beginning paragraphs.
南美游记的开始部分

阿根廷,莫为我哭泣

中国的古典浪漫故事里,倾国倾城的美女常常英年早逝。而西方的经典童话故事呢,一旦幸运的女郎嫁了白马王子,则一个多余的字也不再浪费。啊,青春和美貌的联系是多么紧密。几千年来,人们追求青春和美貌胜过追求生命。留步,生命的春天。留步,我目中的美人。

伊娃·贝隆就留下了这么一个极具悲剧性,但也因此而极为优美的故事。她从社会的最底层起步,先成为一名演员(但不是一流的),然后帮助她的丈夫成功地竞选总统。她和穷人密切联系,给他们金钱和生产工具,但却谢绝了他们要求她当阿根廷第一个女副总统的请求。然后,她就突然地死去了,带着她的青春和美貌,带着阿根廷一国绝大多数人的热爱。

我们2008年夏季(当地冬季)的南美洲之旅,却不是要去追寻任何浪漫的射影。我们虽然是从布宜诺斯艾利斯起步,却主要不是去寻觅艾薇塔(伊娃·贝隆的昵称)的身影,也不是要重温切·格瓦拉著名的摩托“长征”。我们的主要目的是一样更实实在在的,你可以同时看到、听到、感觉到、呼吸到的东西。

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