Hannah and Je together

Saturday, 29 June 2013

US North East Trip – Michigan

After Indiana, we drove to Michigan for the upper peninsular. I could not make it in a day to upper peninsular, so I drove until late night, and we stopped to get some sleep at a resting area where there was a Tourist Information with bathroom.

Crossing two Great Lakes at the same time!

Crossing two Great Lakes at the same time!

But there was one huge reward for me in Michigan! I found TIM HORTONS!!!!!!!!!!! I’ve not been there for several months where I used to go almost every single day! The building, the paper cups, the menus, the uniforms, the trays, and even the taste were all the same as those in Canada!

Lake Huron on your right

Lake Huron on the right

At the end of lower peninsular, we crossed a bridge. It was very cool because when you are on it, you have Lake Michigan on your left and Lake Huron on your right.

Lake Michigan on the left

Lake Michigan on the left

We were literally crossing two Great Lakes at a time! The bridge’s name is Mackinac Bridge and you need to pay to cross, you have to cross it to go to upper peninsular (you have no choice), and it was worth paying for because of the scene. The camera cannot contain exactly what I saw, but it was so beautiful.

Mackinac Bridge from the upper peninsular

Mackinac Bridge from the upper peninsular

At Michigan, the weather was not helping us a lot, because we had almost all cloudy weather with colder and strong wind. But even so, it was really beautiful place. It was so seriously beautiful. Hannah asked me once why Michigan is so beautiful, and I answered, “Because it is closer to Canada.”

Michigan has three of the Great Lakes – Michigan, Superior, and Huron. If you have trouble memorising all five names of Great Lakes, try to remember just HOMES for Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie, and Superior.

Lake Superior is the world’s largest lake, and shared by both Canada and America – Province of Ontario in Canada, and three states of America which are Minnesota, Michigan, and Wisconsin.

Presque Isle Park in Marquette

Presque Isle Park in Marquette

We went to Marquette, MI and stopped many other places for sightseeing. Marquette is small town by the Lake Superior, but it is so beautiful. Because of the cloudy weather, I could not picture the beauty well. When I was at Marquette, I thought about two Canadian towns. One was because of the name – Marquette, MB. And the other was because of the beauty – Thunder Bay, ON. If you have chance, you MUST visit Thunder Bay – it is so beautiful and pretty.

Power of bank

Power of bank

For the picture above, I realised how powerful and useful a bank is. Just look at the water and wave of both sides of the bank. Do I need to explain more?

A way to a river

A way to a river

Even any roads in Michigan were beautiful. Look at all the colours of the trees. After we finish the all 50-state-road-trip, Michigan is definitely a place to come back. Michigan is so clean and beautiful, which I guess because it is close to Canada, eh!

Colourful Trees

Colourful Trees

The colourful trees made me miss all the maple trees in Canada. It is said that the colour change of the trees on mountains in Ontario and Quebec is noticeable even from the space! Oh, this writing made me craving for maple syrup.

 

Sunday, 12 May 2013

US North East Trip – Niagara Falls

Our next destination was Niagara Falls after long over night driving from Vermont. It is so famous and there is nothing I can write about  something new. Who doesn’t know Niagara Falls?

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When I was in elementary school, I thought it was the world’s biggest falls, but still it is the biggest in North America.

Niagara Falls are on the Niagara river which flows from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario. It is also at the border of Canada and US, precisely speaking, of Province of Ontario, Canada and State of New York, USA.

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Actually Niagara Falls are the collection of three different falls namely, Horseshoe Falls, American Falls, and Bridal Veil Falls.

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Cave of the Wind at Horseshoe Falls

First we tried the Cave of the Wind at Horseshoe Falls to feel the power of the water fall where it is said that the downfall is most powerful among all falls in North America. The down-falling water was so powerful and thrilled me a lot.

Maid of Mist from Far

Maid of Mist from Far

And we saw a big boat far away approaching to the falls, and decided to try whose name is Maid of Mist.

On the Maid of Mist boat

On the Maid of Mist boat

As we approaching, I was so thrilled and excited seeing the greatness in such distance, but somewhat I was disappointed because I expected to come closer.

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We stayed on the US side of the falls because I was at the other side of the falls which is Canadian side a few years ago. And I found the two sides are quite different even though it is the same falls. On Canadian side, it is very much developed with all kinds of commercial buildings including Casinos, Hotels and everything while it is almost undeveloped on US side just having picnic tables on green grass.

Light Show from Canada

Light Show from Canada

Even Canada shoots the light – colourful lights – for the night light show.

Colourful light from Canada

Colourful light from Canada

Even though I was able to see some of the light, I think it was better view from Canada.

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Developed Canada, Eh!

It is said that during the daytime also, Canada has better view than from American side.

Leaving Niagara Falls, we knew that our happy trip was getting closer to the end.

Old posting about the trip to Niagara Falls at Canadian Side

Wednesday, 30 May 2012

[영어산책]막힌길과 지역

위니펙에서 시카고로 이사를 오니 몇가지 다른 영어 표현들이 눈에 띈다.

지금은 경황이 없어 잘 정리해서 쓰질 못하겠지만 일단 생각나는 것 두 가지.

인근 지역을 얘기할 때 캐나다에서는 area라는 말을 썼다. 토론토를 비롯한 주변을 포함할 때는 Toronto Area, 밴쿠버 지역은 Vancouver Area. 그리고 다 알다시피 광역 토론토와 광역 밴쿠버는 Greater Toronto Area, Greater Vancouver Area를 각각 줄여서 GTA, GVA라고 이야기를 한다.

시카고에서는 land를 붙여 쓴다. Chicaoland.

위니펙에 있을 때 막다른 길, 영어로는 Dead End인 길은 “NO EXIT”라는 표지판이 붙어있었는데, 이 곳에서는 “NO OUTLET”이라는 표지판이 붙어 있다. 같은  영어권 국가라 해도, 지역이 다르고 국가가 다르기  때문에 미묘하게 다른 표현이 많이 있는 것 같다.

Wednesday, 15 October 2008

UCC

In Corea, UCC refers to User Created Contents (could be called UGC – User Generated Contents) like the clips in Youtube. I just found another UCC – Upper Canada College.

Upper Canada is the old name of Southern Ontario. There was also Lower Canada.

난 여지껐 UCC가 사용자가 만든 컨텐츠 (User Created Contents)의 약자라고 생각했는데, 새로운 걸 발견했다. 바로 Upper Canada College (상부 캐나다 대학)이다.

Upper Canada란 남부 온타리오의 옛날 이름이다. Lower Canada도 있었는데, 이는 퀘벡 지방을 이르는 말이다.

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