Galway CS Host Daniela
上圖是Galway CS Host Daniela，她拿着的是貓頭鷹暖水袋，Galway有點冷了……
She is Daniela, my CS Host in Galway. She is holding an owl bag with warm water inside. It’s a bit cold in Galway…
Daniela is a Mexican. She flew half the globe to Ireland to work+study. She loves living in Ireland but she misses her home delicacy and friends. She said, ‘The Irish are good people. I have met lots of new friends here. But new friends are different from old friends at home who have knew each other for decades,’
I have exactly the same feeling～
The Irish are really nice and helpful people but they are different from my friends in Hong Kong. My friends in Hong Kong and I shared the same language (Cantonese) and the same cultural background (Chinese). I don’t have to explain the difference cultural background when we chat-chit. (For example, I have to explain ‘why do I eat rice everyday in Hong Kong’ to westerners when we talk about food culture. But I don’t have to explain this with my Hong Kong friends because it’s a common practice for all HK people)
But the westerners hold a greater interest in art and culture. They WANT to know the stories behind the pictures when I show them the portraits from Picture the Host Project. I guess there are always pros and cons in Asians and westerners.
Daniela lives in a share house and I slept in the living room. Galway is a bit cold when I arrived. I have to buy my own beddings because Daniela had no extra beddings. It might be the same price if I stayed in a hostel after I bought the new blankets and pillow. It was not worth to stay with Daniela if I just concern about money. But knowing a new friend couldn’t value by money.
I couldn’t take the new beddings with me on the road so I leave them to the next couch surfer in Daniela’s home. It’s seem I finally did SOMETHING for the Couch Surfing community, Yeah!
There was no bed in the living room. I couldn’t sleep well on the first night because the sofa was too small for me.
I dismantled the sofa and use the cushions to make a ‘bed’ on the floor on the second night. My legs had enough rooms to straighten but it was too cold to sleep.
I moved my ‘bed’ to the heater on the third night. I can finally sleep a few hours despite it was super dry.
I had made a total mess in the living room and luckily Daniela was OK with me and said, ‘If you can sleep well then it’s fine,’
I somehow envy. Daniela was sleeping on a soft warm bed but why do I have to sleep on a cold floor?
But she isn’t anybody to me. We were just first-meet-strangers. She was good enough not to mad at me even I made a mess in her living room.
I found out that human potential really have to be stimulated. I had never known that I had such a creative mind to dismantled a sofa and make it into a ‘bed’.
Maybe it’s better for me to just stay in a hostel next time…
Daniela said she had no money so I have to buy my own food. I would buy her food too when I was shopping in the supermarket if we eat together. The cost isn’t made a big difference between one person and two people. It’s an honor for me because she loves the food and it always taste better for 2 people sharing the food than eating alone.
The Irish lamb chops are really good! The meat is tender. I just bought them in the supermarket and slow fried them on a pan and they are just delicious, strongly recommend!
Daniela made taco and bean pie. Eating Mexican food in Ireland, really never dream of!
There are lots to see around Galway. But Daniela and I didn’t have a car so we have to join a local one-day tour. The tour was not that expensive. The cheapest tour only cost around 10+ euros per person, really worth a try. Daniela joined me for a tour and I went on another tour on my own.
It always rush in tour. We try to visit as many places as we can in a day. Usually no time for lunch and the time for every place was short. I have to look around and to take photos; it’s just not enough time!
Although Daniela and I join the same tour but we almost separate in every stopping place. I just ran down the van once it had stopped and took as many photos as I can.
Daniela walked slowly and wondering around. We came out together; do we mean to walk together too?
I don’t think I would have the opportunity to re-visit these places in short time. I probably won’t have a chance to see the beautiful scenery that I was looking at. Although I probably won’t see Daniela again in a short time too but I was always attracted by the beautiful scenery and leave Daniela to take photos on my own. It was lucky that Daniela didn’t mind.
Maybe the good food had made a difference too. It won’t be nice if we did not happy with each other.