Intriguing Idioms – how the smallest of phrases opens windows into Chinese culture. 中国的成语和文化

Let's not beat around the bush. Understanding idioms is crucial to understanding the mindset of a native speaker. So, a penny for your thoughts?

Revolting peasants; reflecting on Jose Saramago’s “Raised from the Ground”.

This is Portugal's "One Hundred Years of Solitude" without the magical realism. This is a Forsyte Saga for the landless peasants. In a place where the landscape is the only constant, these people, like Saramago's own grandparents, were literally Raised from the Ground.

In search of Ormuz, a week in 21st century Portugal.

Lisboa. Destroyed by catastrophe. Rebuilt as a Baroque masterpiece. Current tourist hot-spot, and former colonial power.