Scythian gold torque in the form of dragons, dated to the 2nd century BCE to the 1st century CE. From the source:
Hundreds of tiny scales are individually soldered to the writhing forms of two confronted dragons on this magnificent gold torc. Thick curving horns sweep back over the long pointed ears of the rather wolf-like dragon heads. With muzzles drawn into ferocious snarls, these mighty beasts express the formidable strength of the Scythians, one of ancient Eurasia’s most powerful cultures.
The best way to get people to stop speaking English with you while you’re abroad
a) even when you don’t speak any English with them at all
and b) even when you speak the language of the country you’re in
is to just keep speaking the language you want to speak in. Don’t bother asking them, “Est-ce qu’on peut parler en français? Je suis ici pour pratiquer :)”. Just keep speaking French, and eventually it’ll be too difficult for them to try to keep speaking in English at the same time. Hopefully they’ll realize that you can speak French and that you want to speak French!
Hi there! I'm bi, but I'm not totally out. I'm proud of my bisexuality, and I'd love to be able to own it. I think that my friends would be accepting, but I'm afraid they'll become paranoid that I have a crush on them. I don't, and I'm afraid to ruin any relationships and have other people always think I'm hitting on them. Do you have any suggestions as to how to come out in a way that prevents this? Thank you!! (p.s. your blog is wonderful and makes me even prouder to be bi!)
The bad news: there is no absolute, concrete answer for you. There is no one-size-fits-all appropriate way to come out. There’s no way to control anyone’s reaction, and some people really do need a minute to process and adjust.
The good news: There is no wrong way to come out, either! And other people’s reactions genuinely are not your responsibility! Coming out is about YOU, and your comfort and happiness.
I can say, from LOTS of experience: keeping your coming out process consistent with who you are as a person makes it much, much smoother. I’m a very casual person, and I joke about everything. Therefore, when I tried coming out “traditionally”– very seriously, with a whole speech– it just made everyone involved tremendously uncomfortable, because it was Not Me, ya feel?