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FIT (the Fédération Internationale des Traducteurs/International Federation of Translators) is an international grouping of associations of translators, interpreters and terminologists. More than 100 professional associations are affiliated, representing over 80 000 translators in 55 countries. The goal of the Federation is to promote professionalism in the disciplines it represents.

The anniversary celebrations will culminate at FIT’s 20th World Congress in Berlin in August 4-6, 2014.

Every three years, FIT invites the industry to an international congress. Following successful events in Shanghai in 2008 and San Francisco in 2011, Germany’s Federal Association of Interpreters and Translators (BDÜ – Bundesverband der Dolmetscher und Übersetzer e. V.) is delighted to be hosting the professional world in Berlin as the organiser of the XXth FIT World Congress, scheduled for 4th August 2014.

Around the theme

Man vs. Machine?
The Future of Translators, Interpreters and Terminologists

talks, panel discussions and workshops – as well as a trade fair, networking platform and jobs exchange – will bring together agents, agencies, university teachers, software tool providers, students and professional translators, interpreters and terminologists from across the world.

We are happy to announce that EU Commissioner Mrs. Androulla Vassiliou becomes patron of the World Congress.

Gardenia C. Hung, M.A., B.A.
Communications, Languages & Culture Inc.
Consulting Social Media Arts Communications

Travel Tips To Leaf Peeping Travel by Car in Vermont, New England

Autumn Season Driving To Vermont From Illinois in the Midwest, USA

Twenty years ago, on September 3, 1993, my Father Mr. Roberto Hung J.D. purchased a Lombard Historic Brick Bungalow and Nathan S. Wittler and I moved to the Village of Lombard in DuPage County during September, he wanted to drive out east to Vermont, the Green Mountain state in New England in the new sandstone sportscar Nissan 200SX which featured an auto-pilot self-driving steering wheel to handle the miles on the US highways. Nathan S. Wittler wanted to visit his parents Reverend Melvin A. Wittler and Mrs. Nancy Wittler (Patriquin) at the West Dummerston Farm by the West River near Brattleboro, Vermont in New England. The Wittlers planned the annual Wittler-Patriquin Family reunion with Grandfather Patriquin’s clan for a family wedding involving Kent Wittler and Linda Goetz. The fourth time, Nate’s youngest brother Kent Wittler became engaged to Linda Goetz from Cooperstown, New York and decided to get married in South Vermont, New England.

The Autumn season driving to Vermont from Illinois in the Midwest was going to be the fourth leaf-pipping tour time for me to enjoy the colorful display of Fall leaves around West Dummerston and Brattleboro by the West River in New England. Fall in Vermont is one of the best times to get away on a long car drive to travel in the Green Mountain state. After the wedding, Nathan and I planned to drive north through Vermont and cross the Canadian border around Lake Champlain into the province of Québec to visit Montréal and drive on the Canadian highway Route 401 to Ontario towards Saute St. Marie and Detroit Michigan for the scenic tour around the Great Lakes back to Illinois in the Midwest.

Previously, Nathan S. Wittler and I had travelled to South Vermont after getting married ourselves aboard the Star of Chicago at Navy Pier by Lake Michigan in the Illinois, USA.

Nate and I attended the family wedding reunion for his youngest sister Heather Wittler and Jon Eruren at the Vermont farm in New England. We drove east from the Land of Lincoln through Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Massachussetts, New Hampshire, and New York all the way to West Dummerston by the West River near Brattleboro in South Vermont, New England.

Afterwards, Nathan’s second brother Bryan Wittler got married to Peggy Cano and moved to Newfane near West Dummerston in South Vermont. The second time travelling to New England, Nathan and I decided to fly to Boston, Massachusetts to pick up his youngest brother Kent Wittler who was studying at Harvard University. So, Nate and I flew into Logan Airport in Boston, then rented a National car to drive out to South Vermont after we picked up Kent Wittler by Harvard University in Boston. I was driving out the National rental car while Nate and Kent were talking and trying to catch up on the family and friends events. The three of us, me, Nate and Kent drove out on U.S. Highway 1 from Boston, Massachusetts to West Dummerston and Brattleboro, New England to meet the Wittlers and the Patriquins at the farm by the West River in South Vermont. We drove safely through the Boston city traffic and the New England commuters travelling to South Vermont in New England for the Autumn family wedding reunion. Since I was driving carefully, there were no traffic tickets nor moving violations during our Autumn season driving through New England and the East coast on our way to West Dummerston and Brattleboro in South Vermont.

Pre-planning, fuel budgeting, and AAA Motor Club member deals can make a great Fall Leaf Peeping driving across the Midwest from Illinois through Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, South Vermont and northbound across the Green Mountain state towards Stowe, Burlington, Montpelier and around Lake Champlain into the Canadian border and the province of Québec en route to Montréal and across Ontario following the Canadian Highway 401 into Saute St. Marie, Windsor, and Detroit, through the scenic Lake Michigan tour-de-lac back to the Land of Lincoln.

Cuba Travel Destinations by Gardenia C

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There is a unique place in town where you can find Almond Nougat made by Casa Real, also known as "Turrón Imperial de Almendras de calidad suprema". LA UNICA Food Store imports special almond nougat and specialty confectioners’ foods all year round, especially to celebrate Christmas’ Eve and the holidays at the end of the year.

LA UNICA also has a Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Restaurant which prepares Latin American favorite meals to dine-in or carry out, including Catering for Special Events.

There is a wide choice of Latin American variety foods from Cuba, México, Perú, Spain, Ecuador, Salvador, Colombia, etc. Order anything you can remember to taste from milk shakes made from mangoes, mamey, blackberry, lulo, papaya, passion fruit, guanaba to Vegan favorites like natural carrot juice or orange juice.

LA UNICA Special features Cuban Steak, Chicken, Rice, Beans, and Fried Sweet Plantains. Many Cuban fans order the favored Cuban Sandwich prepared upon request with fresh French bread stuffed with Smoked Ham, Roasted Pork, Melting Swiss Cheese, Pickles, Mustard & Mayonnaise, pressed in a hot grill for a mouthful of Cuban Sandwich panini.

Forty (40) years ago, family relatives, cousins Yolanda Wong Fen and Fernando Wong who shopped regularly at LA UNICA introduced my Father Roberto Hung and Mother to the original Cuban-American owner at LA UNICA who showcased Cuban-American food specialties like Sandwich Cubano, Guava Pastries, and Almond Nougat Imperial Torte imported from Spain. Ever since, I have remained a loyal fan and customer of LA UNICA’s unique Spanish American food specialties, since I used to work for a Travel Agency School with Fabiola along Clark Street, in the Edgewater area by LA UNICA Latin American Food Store and Restaurant…

Dallas is not just the town for one of my favorite stores, Neiman Marcus.  It is also a travel destination and flight transfer point at the Dallas-Ft. Worth Airport for U.S. –Canada, Mexico, Latin American, and international travels—as well as the airfare headquarters for American Airlines.

The first time I visited Vancouver, B.C. in the 1980’s, I flew through Dallas-Ft. Worth Airport on my return flight home to Chicago, Illinois.

However, on my second visit to B.C., Canada during August 4-11, 2002, the one-way passage there through the Lone Star State was not as auspicious as the first time around.  I almost missed my early bird 6AM AA Flight 2201 from O’Hare to Dallas-Ft. Worth due to an ornery, oaf-like taxi driver from Universal who did not know where he was going at 4AM and dropped me at 7-Eleven in Lombard, instead of taking me to the Departures area at O’Hare Airport.  Another Universal taxi driver had to pick me up afterwards to drive me to O’Hare.  I made the flight in spite of the odds against me.

Once on board AA Flight 2201, the stewardess began to yell at me around 5:45AM, so that I would place my hand luggage in the overhead compartment, instead of under my seat.  Then the fat, old man sitting next to me, did not offer any help, but managed to puncture my inner forearm somehow and leave a blue-black rounded bruise around a dot spot which still remains to tell the tale. The fat old oaf suddenly changed to the front seat, 9A, instead of sitting next to me on 10A.  I was so glad, since I had the entire area to myself and my flight reading in transit—the stewardess returned to see if I had fallen asleep—but I was awake and reading to myself—she could not bother me anymore…

The air quality on board  the plane was awfully irritating to the eyes and nose.  I had to turn off the air vents.  At the end of AA Flight 2201, another stewardess read the connecting flights and departures gate destination at loud, and I noted mine to be Gate 39.

I had forgotten how far Gate 39 was from my DFW arrival gate.  With hand luggage and carry-on personal bags, I began to walk a long way through DFW without seeing any porter or hand carts—even the automatic passenger conveyor was not working.  I felt almost ready to collapse when the shoulder strap from my hand luggage snapped broken, sabotaged by intruders from Lombard, Illinois who had stolen some of my presentation visuals and “definition” a few days before my departure. By the time I arrived to Gate 39, an elderly woman passenger told me that it had changed to Gate 42, so I had to walk a few feet further, though I was already to drop from early morning fatigue without a solid, hearty breakfast.  So I stopped for an almond croissant and good cup of Texan coffee at the Au Bon Pain , French pastry shop there.  Departure Gate 42 was close by and I noticed fellow passengers who looked like they were going my way to Vancouver, B.C., Canada.

At 9:20AM, I was already on board AA Flight 1507, in spite of all the odds…  As I sat down by the window seat, I knew that I was going to make my trip.

The talking young Georgian and his middle-aged father showed friendly, Southern affability as they discussed their upcoming family trip to Anchorage, Alaska.  The teenager told me about his school and hometown in Georgia, as he offered me a blue breath candy—curiously enough, it was a different flavor from the breath  mints marketed in the Midwest—I had not seen or tasted one like that  before.  Then, the young man became interested in “Spider Man”, the flight movie, and I fell asleep.  As Vancouver drew near, I woke up with a jolt, ready for landing in B.C., Canada.  The Georgian family left for Alaska.  I had finally arrived to Vancouver, B.C. to present “New Ideas for a New Century”.–xyJI4sQ

Courtesy: GHung’s Blog, WordPress.

Courtesy: GHung’s Blog, WordPress.

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