Diary of a backpacker 6 – Bonito, a liquid paradise

After catching the night bus from Foz do Iguaçu we arrived at our next destination, Bonito, the following morning. The journey had taken a mere 13 hours and, as a consequence of taking full advantage of the luxurious legroom, I had slept very comfortably. The buses really are a miracle in this country. I was … Continue reading Diary of a backpacker 6 – Bonito, a liquid paradise

What is translation?

In today’s globalised world, translation is an activity that continues to grow at a rapid pace. It seems to be everywhere we look. It is fundamental to the United Nations, the European Union, the World Trade Organisation and many other international bodies that regulate aspects of modern life. It is part and parcel of modern … Continue reading What is translation?

Diary of a backpacker 5 – Iguazu Falls

We arrived in Foz do Iguaçu around 9 in the evening and checked into the Hotel Del Rey, a pleasant place with lovely gardens and a swimming pool. We freshened up after the long bus journey from Curitiba and then went out for pizza in a nearby restaurant. For a small fee we could eat … Continue reading Diary of a backpacker 5 – Iguazu Falls

What makes a good translator?

As I hesitantly make preparations to begin the third and final module of my MA in Translation, I thought it important to remind myself of the main skills and attributes of a good translator. This exercise, I felt, would help to signal my level of proficiency and also identify any areas that needed improving, as … Continue reading What makes a good translator?

Diary of a backpacker 4 – Ilha Grande and Curitiba

After four eventful days in Rio it was time to move on. I was up early for the 10 am departure. It took one and a half hours to get to the port for our next destination, the Ilha Grande, a beautiful and peaceful island where cars and motorbikes are not allowed. It would be … Continue reading Diary of a backpacker 4 – Ilha Grande and Curitiba