Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Female Gondolier

Nothing to do with anime but I have the urge to post this since I have been asking the question ever since ARIA was introduced. As most people know ARIA is a manga about female undines. I have pondred "Isn't gondolier a job for the male?" I don't really care and since ARIA is a manga, I didn't pay any attention to it. In fact if ARIA was based on male gondolier, ARIA would fail miserably (I definitely don't want 55 ARIA navigation chapters with the alternate-world characters).

Back to the point, there is no female gondolier until recently a female gondolier, Alexandra Hai, turns tide of Venice's history succeed in getting the job. There has never been a female gondolier since the beginnings of gondoliering in 1094. Although she was imposed with certain limitations in her job, it has been a break-through in the history of gondolier.

In addition, I was made aware of the intense examination faced by potential gondoliers. According to the article, "After an 150-hour training course, there is a written test on the technical aspects of the boat and a practical test." This has made me appreciate more on the difficulty of Prima undines examination in ARIA.

Related real-world article 1
Related real-world artcile 2



At 2:34 AM, Anonymous omo said...

it's rather insightful. thanks for the heads up on real life.

maybe in another few hundred years we'll see Aria come true?

At 9:58 AM, Blogger Fisherman Horizon said...

omo: nice to see someone interested in the article. :)

well, ARIA 's in 2301. So 300 more years for female gondoliers to take over? Though we'll probably gone by then. ha ha


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