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  • Often, I've found myself in the presence of people who constantly impress me.
    Thomas is one of those people.
    He is a native Mandarin speaker, with what he describes as a 30% understanding of Cantonese.
    Throughout the trip, he stepped up to translate, ask for directions and order from menus, maintaining a composure that must have been difficult when it was obvious there were misunderstandings occurring.
    Without such a guide, we often would have been at a complete loss; the sincerest of gratitude hardly seems enough.
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