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……

 

Daniela是墨西哥人,橫跨半個地球來愛爾蘭打工+讀書,雖然很喜歡愛爾蘭的生活,但也掛念家鄉的美食與親友,她說:「愛爾蘭人很好,我在這裏也認識了很多新朋友,但與家鄉認識了十幾年的好友始終不同。」

 

我深有同感啊~愛爾蘭人真的很好,非常樂於助人,但與香港朋友真的不同,香港朋友大家都同聲同氣(廣東話),有相同的文化背景(中文),聊天時不用由文化背景開始解釋(例如談論飲食,與西人聊天時,要由解釋「為何我在香港日日食米飯」開始講起;與香港朋友則不用由「食飯」開始解釋,因為米飯已是港人日常飲食);但西人明顯對文化藝術更感興趣,當他們看見我的畫,都有興趣了解畫的故事;華人與西人,各有各好吧。

 

 

Daniela住在合租屋,我屈蛇在客廳,Galway天氣有點冷了,但Daniela家中無寢具,我買了新被子+新枕頭後,其實不比住旅舍便宜多少,單以價錢計算,住在Daniela家其實不划算,但認識到新朋友,就不能用錢衡量了。我

的新寢具帶不走,就留給下一位沙發客,感覺終於對Couch Surfing有點實質貢獻了啦~!

 

Daniela家的客廳無床,第一晚我屈在小沙發,屈着腿睡不著;然後第二晚我把梳化拆了,用梳化墊子在地上砌了一張「床」,腿能伸直但太冷,仍睡不著;第三晚我把「床」移到暖氣旁,雖然好乾,但總算能睡幾小時。

那幾晚我把Daniela的客廳弄得天翻地覆,幸得aniela寛宏大量,說只要我能睡好就好,我也覺得好無奈,看見Daniela睡在高床軟枕,怎麼自己要睡冷地板?但她不是我的什麼人,我們只是第一次見面的陌生人,我將Daniela的客廳搞得一團糟,她沒怪我已經很好了。

我發現人類潛能真的要被激發,窮則變、變則通,未凍過都唔知自己咁好創意,拆了梳化砌張床都諗到,不過也許下回直接住旅館仲好……

 

Daniela講明自己無乜錢,所以我的伙食要自理,我去超市買餸時,通常都會買埋她那份,一人份與兩人份的價錢差不多,她肯吃是俾面我,分甘同味也更滋味。

愛爾蘭羊真的很好吃!羊肉很嫩,在超市買,平底鑊慢煎,已經好好食,強烈推薦!

Daniela也做了墨西哥捲餅、豆豆批,在愛爾蘭食墨西哥菜,真係諗都無諗過。

 

Galway周邊景點很多,但我與Daniela都無車,只得參加即日團,Galway的即日團不貴,最便每位十多歐,玩得過,Daniela與我一同玩了一個即日團,另外我自己單獨玩了另一個即日團。

即日團的時間好趕,用盡一日時間,去很多景點,每個景點的停留時間很短,又要觀光、又要拍照,根本不夠時間仔細欣賞,結果我與Daniela雖然同團,但幾乎分開玩,旅遊巴一停,我就一枝箭咁下車,不停瘋狂拍照;Daniela則慢悠悠周圍行,我們名義上一齊出嚟玩,其實是否也要一齊行呢?

 

短期內我大概無機會重臨這些景點,眼前的景色都是可一不可再,彌足珍貴,雖然我與Daniela也是一期一會,但我抵受不住眼前美景的誘惑,常常拋下Daniela,自個兒影相去了,幸好Daniela不介意,也幸好我每日進貢美食,挽回不少分數,不然吵架就不好了。

 

 

 

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.

用來出入的窗this is a door, not a window(for real)
無床,拆了梳化砌床No bed. So i use the sofa cushion to make a bed
拆了梳化砌床...use the cushion to make a bed...
自己買的被子i have to buy my own blanket
爆咗啦~bomb~
商場的萬聖節裝飾Halloween in Mall
好便!買了好多衫!Cheap!
路經Failte!
離開愛爾蘭bye bye Ireland!
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暖水袋貓頭鷹owl warm water bag
Galway CS Host Daniela
Daniela與畫and the picture
哈~ha~
難得端莊rare lady look
陽光好暖warm sun
~yeah~
跳!jump!!
跳!jump!
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