Unique Modes of Transportation

新概念英语第三册Lesson 44里,作者比较了火车、汽车、轮船和飞机几种出远门时需要用上的交通工具。作者最喜欢的是飞机,虽然票价昂贵,而且总让人担心是否安全,但飞机在速度方面绝对无可比拟。沪友们更喜欢哪种呢?



Venice Traghetto

Venice – Traghetto

Along the 3.5km stretch of Venice's Grand Canal there are just three bridges, so how do you get across? By Traghetto (meaning 'ferry' in Italian), of course. The unglamorous sibling of the gondola; these no-frills boats get passengers from one side of the canal to the other for a meagre fee. You can pick up a Traghetto  from any of the seven piers along the canal - just look for the yellow signs pointing you towards the landings. Each boat is rowed by two oarsmen - one at the bow and one behind the passengers, as in a gondola - if you want to ride like a Venetian, stand for the short journey.

Pakistan Tangah

Pakistan - Tangah

Save yourself a few bucks in Pakistan and ride on a Tangah, rather than the more commonly used rickshaws and taxis. A Tangah is a carriage, sitting atop two large wooden wheels (not exactly designed for comfort, so expect a sore bottom on a long journey! ), pulled by one or two horses. They have a low-glamour, but high fun factor and have become more widely used in Pakistan for enjoyment, rather than as a functional way of getting around. Just beware that they're not the speediest way to travel!

Cambodia Bamboo train

Cambodia - Bamboo train

Those with a strong constitution may want to ride a Cambodian bamboo train - known locally as a nori. Passengers sit on a makeshift bamboo 'train' (basically just a bamboo platform) powered by an electric generator engine, travelling at up to 40km/h. The unmaintained railway tracks make for a bumpy ride and the closest you'll get to luxury is sitting on a grass mat. But the fares are low and this is a once in a lifetime experience, as all the locals use them for getting around..

Philippines Jeepey

Philippines - Jeepney

The exhaust-belching people-carriers powered by ancient diesel car engines that careen around Filipino city streets are actually pieced-together former World War II army Jeeps. Adorned with painted flags, eagles, and starbursts, jeepneys are traditionally given names such as "Taurus" and "Mr. Lover Boy." They travel at breakneck speed overloaded with people and produce, often failing to come to a complete stop for passengers to leap on and off. These dirty, decrepit workhorses and their doctored diesel are responsible for a particularly toxic form of air pollution as well as health problems.
这些采用古老的柴油发动机、在菲律宾城市街道上猛冲、一副喷气都喷不动样子的车,实际上是第二次世界大战军用吉普车的组装车。装饰着彩旗、鹰和四射亮光,吉普尼传统上被赋予了"Taurus"和"Mr. Lover Boy"之类的名字。它们过度运载人和货,并以极速运行,常常不能完全停下让乘客们上下车。这些肮脏破旧的机器和它们所装配的柴油机对一种特殊有毒气体的产生负有主要责任,会造成空气污染和健康问题。

Thailand Tuk tuk

Thailand – Tuk Tuk

Brightly colored, three-wheeled tuk tuks beetle about Bangkok, cramming passengers into their covered back seats as they battle insane traffic and hurtle about in the heat, humidity, and pollution. The impatient drivers of these rusting, souped-up golf carts hurtle from one lane of traffic to another, barely registering the presence of lumbering buses, thundering trucks, and the mosquito fleets of other tuk tuk drivers. As you idle, you'll have the chance to really enjoy how the noisy vehicles themselves contribute substantially to pollution. Tourists often find themselves delivered to an extra, unexpected stop en route as tuk tuk drivers attempt to get a cut of commission at stores where they happen to take a detour.

India Elephant Howdah

India - Elephant Howdah

"Howdah" translates as "throne," a throwback to the days when the ornate platforms transported India's royalty from one place to the next. These days, it tends to be an array of tourists rather than the traditional aristocratic loads with which these big beasts of burden are encumbered. Howdahs can range from a simple seat and canopy to an opulent, gilt and jewel-encrusted carriage, complete with windows.
Howdah被翻译为“宝座”,把我们带回过去印度王族乘坐这种华丽“工具”从一个地方去到另一个地方的日子。现在,这些庞然大物负载的往往是一群普通游客,而不是什么传统贵族。 印度象轿可以是一个简单的座椅和华盖,也可以是一个镀金并镶有宝石、还带有窗子的豪华车厢。

Alaska Sled Dog

Alaska – Sled Dog

In Alaska or the Yukon, dog-pulled sleds have been replaced by snowmobiles in some communities. But hard-core husky enthusiasts still opt for canine power. Used in areas such as Denali National Park where motorized alternatives are illegal, deliveries, vet calls, and even Census visits in Alaska are still sometimes done by sled.

Peru Barco de Totora

Peru – Barco de Totora

Totora is a reed which is grown in Peru, most notably on Lake Titicaca. The Uros are a group of people who live on the lake on floating islands fashioned from the reed. They also make Barco de Totora from bundles of the dried reeds, and these boats have become an icon of Peru. If you're visiting Lake Titicaca, the Barco de Totora is a wonderful, unique method of getting across the vast and beautiful stretch of water.

London DUKW

London - DUKW

DUKW, widely pronounced 'duck', are amphibious trucks that were designed by the American military during World War II to transport equipment and troops over both land and water. Nowadays, you can take a trip in a DUKW in central London, on the aptly named Duck Tours. On a tour you'll drive past famous London landmarks like Big Ben, the London Eye and Trafalgar Square before dramatically launching into the River Thames to get a view from the water. They're the only way to experience the sights of central London by land and river - without leaving the comfort of your seat!
DUKW,通常发成'duck'的音,是第二次世界大战期间由美军设计的水陆两栖车,可以在陆地也可以在水上运输装备或搭载部队士兵。现在,你可以在伦敦市中心坐一回水陆两用军车,进行所谓的Duck Tours。途中你会经过伦敦著名的标志性建筑,如大本钟、伦敦眼和特拉法格广场,然后引人注目地开进泰晤士河,在河上观赏风景。这是在伦敦市中心水陆两地享受风景的唯一方式,而且都不用离开你舒适的座位哟!