《家外之家》征文6 ▏Mihail: Xiamen is the place where I want to live

       
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《家外之家》征文6 ▏Mihail: Xiamen is the place where I want to live

个人简介:

Name : Mihail Varivoda

姓名:Mihail Varivoda

Country of Origin : Serbia

国籍:塞尔维亚

Occupation : Teacher

职业:教师

Years in China : 4 years

在华居住时间:4年

Mihail on a visit to Zhangzhou city, in South Fujian

How did your journey in China begin?

你的中国之旅是怎样开始的?

My first time in China was back in 2015 when I was employed for a cruise ship company. We’d been cruising around the world visiting different countries and at one point the journey around Asia started. Among many Asian countries China was on the list to visit. Places we visited were Tianjin, Shanghai and Hong Kong. To me, Hong Kong was the most impressive of these 3 and we had a blast every time we returned there. A year later I stopped working on board the cruise ships and returned home. At that time I had no idea I would move to China just a year after. I heard about the possibility to work in China and that definitely made me curious to know more about it. In August 2017 my adventure started and the first stop was Beijing, but just for a few days, after short sightseeing I boarded the train and headed to Hefei , Anhui province, where I spent a year. Surprisingly I got used to the lifestyle here quite fast and it felt like a second home within months.

我第一次来中国是 2015 年,当时我在一家游轮公司工作。我们一直坐着游轮周游世界,去了许多国家,在某一时刻,我们开始了亚洲之旅。在众多亚洲国家中,中国赫然在列。我们去了天津、上海和香港。对我来说,香港是这三个城市中让我印象最深刻的城市,我们每次回到那里都玩得很开心。一年后,我辞去了游轮公司的工作,回到家乡。当时,我还不知道自己会在一年后来到中国。后来我听闻可以去中国工作,这让我十分好奇,想要更多地了解这个国家。2017年8月,我的中国之旅开始了。第一站是北京,但只待了几天,短暂的观光之后,我登上了前往安徽合肥的火车,我在那里待了一年。让我惊讶的是,短短几个月时间,我就适应了这里的生活方式,感觉像是自己的第二个家。

In his spare time, Mihail is an amateur photographer. Here’s proof!

What do you like most about Xiamen and China as a whole?

你最喜欢厦门和中国的什么呢?

It took a very short time to realize that Xiamen is the place where I want to live. After living in Hefei for a year summer came and with it came the summer vacation. I was doing research about interesting places in China and Xiamen kept appearing as one of the recommended places to visit. I booked a ticket to Xiamen north railway station first and then took the metro to a station on the island which was near by the hotel I stayed in. Basically since the first moment I stepped out on the street I noticed the huge difference. Clean streets, no motorbikes all over, quiet atmosphere, great weather and the most amazing BLUE sky. For all people living in Anhui province they know, blue sky is rare because of the pollution. It’s gray most of the year. I was amazed! Immediately I started looking for a job here. Three weeks later I left Hefei and moved to Xiamen haha! What I like the most about Xiamen is there’s everything you need in one place. You want to go hiking? Not a problem! There are great places all over. You want to go to the beach or close to the sea? Not a problem, it’s an island. Lots of streets are perfect for photography, local markets, great views all around the island and what is most important, it is very convenient to go from one place to another. What else do we need?

我花了很短的时间就决定好厦门是我想居住的城市。在合肥住了一年后,夏天来临,暑期也随之而至。当时我正在研究中国有趣的地方,厦门一直是推荐名单之一。于是我先定了一张去厦门北站的票,接着乘地铁到岛上的地铁站,那里离我住的酒店很近。几乎是从我走到大街上的那一刻起,我就感受到了巨大的差异,干净的街道、没有胡乱停放的摩托车、安静的氛围、怡人的天气,以及最让人惊叹的蓝天。住在安徽的人都知道,由于空气污染,蓝天是很罕见的,天空在一年大部分的时间里都是灰蒙蒙的。我当时惊喜极了,于是马上在这找工作。哈哈,三周后,我就从合肥搬到了厦门!我最喜欢厦门的一点是,这里应有尽有。你想要徒步旅行?没问题!厦门到处是适合远足的地方。你想去海滩或者海边?没问题,这里就是个岛屿!厦门很多街道都很适合摄影,不管是当地市场,还是岛上美景,最重要的是,厦门交通非常便利。有了以上这些,我们还需要什么呢?

Mihail takes a rest during a hike at Lingtong mountain in Fujian province

What fascinated you the most about living in China?

生活在中国,最吸引你的是什么?

I do love exploring, traveling and adventure and China is a country that doesn’t lack places to do all of the things above. Endless places to travel, even just around the province you live there are many small cities and villages with interesting things to offer.

中国疆域辽阔,非常适合探索、旅游和冒险。这个国家有很多旅游景点,即使是居住省份的周边,也有很多有趣的小城以及村庄。

– Technology. Life is super convenient. There are lots of apps that make our lives easier. Everything is done with just few clicks online. Do you remember the last time you used paper money? Although this can be a disadvantage sometimes, it is much easier to spend money, especially on Taobao

— 技术 生活非常方便。这里有许多让生活轻松的 app,只需要在网上点击几下,几乎所有事情都能搞定。你还记得你上一次用纸币是什么时候吗?即使有时候这也会成为一种缺点——花钱变得更随意了,尤其是在淘宝上。

– Transportation. With fast trains traveling is easy, city transportation is also great with lots of buses and subway lines. I come from Serbia where just 7, 8 years ago you had to travel by train for nearly 5 hours to go across 150 km, haha. Imagine the difference!

— 交通 快车让旅行变得简单,再加上充足的公共汽车和地铁,城市交通也很便捷。我来自塞尔维亚,七八年前你得坐近 5 个小时的火车才能穿越 150 公里。哈哈,想一想与现在的差距!

– People and food. Chinese people live in a certain harmony with each other and the atmosphere is mostly relaxed at all times. Luckily there are lots of different choices when it comes to food and many dishes taste good. Chinese food is not expensive compared to western restaurants and that is great too!

— 人和食物。 中国人之间的关系比较和谐,气氛通常也很放松。幸运的是,关于食物的选择有很多,味道也很好。中餐比西餐便宜,而且也很好吃。

Some background on his hometown:

介绍一下Mihail的故乡:

Serbia, land of good food, rakija and Novak Djokovic as some will say. Serbia is a small country in East Europe, with a population more or less similar to the number of people in Xiamen. If you ever travel there you will love the food, great Balkan taste and the prices will amaze you. Rakija is our traditional drink and many people enjoy drinking it, although it is quite strong, the taste is great and every guest will be offered to try it as some people are quite proud of their homemade rakija (if they have some). I am not into tennis but Djokovic is definitely someone most people know Serbia for in the recent years. Our nature is amazing and we have lots of mountains that are a paradise for hikers and nature enthusiasts. To mention one, mountain Rtanj, is famous for its pyramid-like shape and some people claim it has healing powers. Some people even claim to have seen aliens from up there! The 360º view from the top will take your breath away and you can see really far in the distance. If you want an unexpensive travel experience and lots of fun, then Serbia should be on your list.

塞尔维亚,美食之乡,水果白兰地酒 rakija 和职业网球运动员诺瓦克·德约科维奇(Novak Djokovic)也很出名。塞尔维亚是东欧的一个小国,其人口数量与厦门大致相当。如果你去那里旅行,你会喜欢上那里的食物,因为它不仅有丰富的巴尔干风味,而且价格也会令你吃惊。Rakija 是我们的传统饮品,很多人都喜欢喝。虽然它很烈,但是味道很棒。有些人对于他们自制的 Rakija 很自豪,如果他们刚好有酒的话,就会热情邀请每个客人去尝试。我对网球不感兴趣,但德约科维奇肯定是近年来远近闻名的塞尔维亚人。塞尔维亚有令人惊叹的自然风光,有许多山脉,是徒步旅行者和自然爱好者的天堂。比如,勒塔尼山,它以金字塔状而闻名,一些人表示这座山有治愈能力,甚至有些人声称在上面看到过外星人!站在山顶,你可以眺望远方,360º 无死角的美景让你叹为观止。如果你想来一场便宜但有趣的旅行,那么应该将塞尔维亚列入名单。

Serbia.com: “One of the scientifically proven facts is that Rtanj emits a type of energy which is very beneficial to human health.”

作者:Mihail 翻译:邓忠悦

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