Laura on Main Street / English Speaking Minority?

Laura on Main Street

As Laura was coming out of the jewelry shop on Main Street USA at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, I took this picture of her. I usually look around in the jewelry shop for a while, but then I usually wander outside to take some pictures of Main Street. And that’s what was going on here. And no, that’s not the jewelry store behind her, in case you were wondering. It was to the right of this picture, out of the frame.

I did think about cropping out the guy at the right, but I don’t usually crop my pictures any. That sort of defeats the purpose of using a wide angle lens, after all. Besides, he had just as much right to be there as we did.

And anyway, I don’t notice him nearly as much as I notice the good looking girl in the center of the picture.

Laura on Main Street USA in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World

Photo location: Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Florida
A three-exposure (-2, 0, +2) HDR tonemapped in Photomatix, edited in GIMP

English Speaking Minority?

When we were in Florida, I heard all kinds of different languages. Some of them I could recognize, and others sounded unlike anything I had heard before. It did make me wonder what they were saying sometimes. At least they weren’t pointing at me and laughing while they talked. That probably wouldn’t be a good thing.

I do wonder what it is like to visit some place where the main language is different from your own. I would like to some day visit Tokyo Disneyland and Disneyland Paris, but I wonder how it will be not knowing the language there? I would think it would be a little intimidating at times, and perhaps frustrating at other times.

In hearing all these different languages being spoken at Walt Disney World, it seemed like at times we who speak English were in the minority. Because it seemed like we rarely heard English being spoken by other people at all. And when we did hear it, it was often spoken with some foreign accent. It was quite different from being back home. Or so I thought.

The other day, back here at home, we were at Target doing some shopping. And I heard at least two different families speaking some language other than English. Maybe things aren’t so different at home after all.

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