赫爾辛基CS Host Mervi
Helsinki CS Host Mervi

上圖是Mervi,是我在赫爾辛基的第二個CS Host,她正在編織毛衣。

 

Mervi是芬蘭人,她在鄉村成長,小時候幫手落田種菜,不過長大後對園藝再無興趣,與奧斯陸的Oksana一樣,因為「I had had enough when I was kid…」,似乎小時候有農耕經驗的人,對務農的艱苦都印象深刻呢。

Mervi全家都是新教徒,父母至今仍住鄉下,兒女已全部搬走,Mervi上有兩姐,下有一弟,兄弟姐妹關係融洽,之前Mervi與弟弟去了挪威玩,又與兩位姐姐住得好近,其中一位姐姐剛誕麟兒,Mervi偶爾做姨甥保母,樂也融融。

Mervi在實驗室工作,但已失業一年,正在領「失業援助金」,生活未見貧困,雖然芬蘭稅率偏高,但芬蘭的福利政策真的面面俱到,令人生活無憂啊。

Mervi的興趣是編織,頸巾、手套、毛衣、襪子、杯墊……她什麼也能編,真是一位編織藝術家!她送了我一對羊毛手套與一對羊毛襪給我,太感謝了!

 

Mervi帶我去了芬蘭堡Suomenlinna小島,它是世界文化遺產之一,入島免費。芬蘭曾是瑞典領土,約200年前,瑞典修築芬蘭堡以抵抗俄國,誰知俄國反而佔據了芬蘭堡,芬蘭亦成了俄國一部份;後來俄國繼續擴建芬蘭堡,芬蘭約於1920年獨立,和平後芬蘭堡變為旅遊景點。

 

Mervi是一個很隨和的人,心地很好,也很温柔,我們在芬蘭堡野餐,望着無敵180度海景,坐在岩石上看海食麵包;又在芬蘭堡的黑暗隧道中,以電筒製造影子,玩手影遊戲;又在教堂聽聖詩;Mervi

不想去收費景點,我們跑了很多旅遊書上無介紹的地方,更好玩!

 

北歐人真的很樂於助人,我帶着個四隻轆的巨型行李,除了平路,我在北歐幾乎不用搬行李,每次上落樓梯,總有人主動幫手,抬完行李就頭也不回地離開,這些人有男有女,有老有幼,他/她們極富同理心,不用弱者(拖着大行李的我)求救,已施予援手(幫手抬行李);幫了人也不求讚賞(抬完行李即離開),北歐人敏於觀察,熱心助人,不如傳言般冷漠寡言呀。

 

甚麼是Couchsurfing? 

 

This is Mervi, my second CS Host in Helsinki. She is knitting.

 

Mervi is a Finn. She was grown up in country and had helped on farm when she was a kid. She has no interest neither farming nor gardening now because ‘I had had enough when I was kid…’ just like Oksana in Oslo. It seems that people who has farming experience when they were kids can’t forget the hardship as farmers.

 

Mervi and her whole family are Protestants. Her parents are still living in the country but all the children moved out. Mervi has 2 sisters and 1 brother and they are all in good relationship. Mervi and her brother just went to Norway for a leisure travel and she lives close to her two sisters. One of her sister gave birth to a baby boy recently and Mervi always babysitting her nephew and loves it very much.

 

Mervi worked in laboratory but has been unemployed for a year and receiving unemployment assistance fund from the government and did not suffer in a poverty life. Although Finland has a high tax rate but its welfare policy is really well-designed.

 

Mervi loves knitting. Scarf, gloves, sweater, socks, pad… she can knit EVERYTHING. She is a genius knit artist! She gave me a pair of gloves and socks, I really love them!

 

Mervi brought me to Suomenlinna Island. It is a World Heritage and free entry. Finland was once belong to Sweden. Sweden built Suomenlinna about 200 years ago to resist Russia but Russia controlled Suomenlinna eventually and Finland became part of Russia. Russia kept on building the Suomenlinna. Suomenlinna became a tourist spot when peace came after Finland independent around 1920.

 

Mervi is an easy-going, kind-hearted and gentle person. We were picnic in Suomenlinna and sitting on rocks eating breads with a 180 degrees sea view, we were playing hand shadow in the dark long tunnels in Suomenlinna and we were listening hymn in the church. Mervi doesn’t want to go to paid spots so we visit lots of places that doesn’t be written on the tourist guide, AND IT’S MORE FUN!

 

The North Europeans are really helpful. I have a 4-wheels big luggage and I don’t have to drag my luggage except flat road in North Europe. There are always helpful hands if I have to carry the big luggage going up or down the stairs. These helpful hands are men or women, old or young. They are so helpful that the weak (me with a big luggage) don’t have to ask for help and they are always ready to help (with the luggage). They help and don’t ask for praise (they just walk away after helping with my luggage and I don’t even have time to say thank you) The North Europeans are really good in observation and helpful!

What is Couch Surfing?

Mervi家(與意外捕捉的光)
Mervi home (with an amazing light captured by accident)
Mervi與畫Mervi and the painting
Mervi的編織用具與我的畫具Mervi’s knitting tools and my drawing tools
芬蘭設計真係一流,廚櫃下方就是星盆Finnish design is really world-class. The cupboard is right above the sink
洗完碗直接放入櫃,水滴能直接跌落星盆!Just put the washed dishes directly into cupboard and the water would drop into the sink directly!
Mervi的屋邨回收站Recycle centre in Mervi housing estate
回收舊報紙Old newspapers would be recycled
回收舊奶盒Old milk box would be recycled
每戶還配有一間地牢儲物室Every apartment has their own underground store room
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Mervi飯桌上的靚餐布The beautiful table cloth in Mervi home
芬蘭周圍都係姆明Moomin is everywhere in Finland
芬蘭周圍都係姆明Moomin is everywhere in Finland
芬蘭周圍都係姆明Moomin is everywhere in Finland
圖書館當然有姆明全集Of course there is a Moomin comic book in the library
赫爾辛基公共圖書館有好多日本漫畫!There are lots of Japanese manga in public library in Helsinki!
(咁冷門的)大奧都有!Even (not-that-famous) Ooku!
世上貓奴何其多The slaves of cats are everywhere on globe
圖書館有色筆添!睇完漫畫即刻畫,一條龍服務!Coloring tools in library! Just draw something after reading comics!
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Mervi帶我去了二手家品店Mervi and I went to a second hand store
衣服、傢俬…好多二手嘢賣Clothes, furniture…Lots of second hand stuff for selling
這些藍白條紋的俄羅斯茶具真係好靚,在莫斯科、聖彼得堡未見過,反而在芬蘭見到,可能是芬蘭與俄羅斯兩國國境接壤的關係吧This blue and white stripe Russian tea set is really beautiful. I have never seen such Russian tea set neither in Moscow nor St Petersburg but found them in Helsinki. Maybe because Finland and Russia are neighbor countries
粉紅茶具都好靚~The pink tea set is beautiful too~
二手貨有好多好嘢Many good stuff in second hand market
二手中韓辭典都有!Even a second hand Chinese-Korean dictionary!
二手店內更有試身室Changing rooms in second hand store
二手店內更有鮮貨販售Fruits are sold in second hand store
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Mervi的漂亮刺繡書Mervi embroidery book
大廈規模的塗鴉!A building size graffiti!
Suomenlinna島的超市Supermarket in Suomenlinna island
好天氣good weather
靚屋Beautiful house
Mervi與我坐船來到了Suomenlinna小島玩Mervi and I came to Suomenlinna the island on boat
其實我的夢想就係住在這樣的孤島、這樣的小屋,遠離煩囂人群My dream is to live in a lone island like this, in a small house like this. Far away from the madding crowd
人們喜歡野餐People love picnic
留意鳥嘴,含着樹枝Pay attention to its mouth, it’s its new home!
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投幣式儲物櫃Coin Lockers
世遺小島World Heritage island
島上遊人太多,屋主都用繩欄着前門,示意「不准進入」Too many tourists. The landlord use a thread to tie up the front door for ‘No Entry’
島上教堂Church on island
傻人傻事Silly people silly stuff
全島地圖Map of the Island
小島救傷車Ambulance on island
偷得浮生半日閒Take a break
工廠?factory?
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風吹起了麻雀的羽毛The wind blow up the feather of the sparrow
跳走了It jump away
呆鳥Bird
啲草好似頭髮The grass looks like its hair
小野黃花Wild yellow flowers
絕處逢生Life on edge
湊仔公! Dad with kid!
人們喜歡野餐People love picnic
呯!Boom!
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哈比人的世界World of Hobbits
哈比人的世界World of Hobbits
哈比人的世界World of Hobbits
哈比人的世界World of Hobbits
哈比人的世界World of Hobbits
kids
湊仔公! Dad with kid!
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小島好多隧道Many tunnels on the island
小島好多隧道Many tunnels on the island
長長的隧道好暗The long tunnel is very dark
長長的隧道好暗The long tunnel is very dark
所以我地來玩投影遊戲So we play a shadow game
拎住just hold it
狗影Dog in shadow
找尋着...searching...
walking...
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一望無際Sea!
Mervi in style好型呀Mervi
Mervi in style好型呀Mervi
積水little lake in tunnel
小島的玻璃工匠Glass maker in the island
夏冬之分summer VS winter
簡約典雅的燭台Simple elegance candlestick
芬蘭教堂低調、簡約、實用Finish churches are humble, simple and functional
兒童遊樂園(有沙!)playground for kid(with sand!)
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下午afternoon
黃昏twilight
教堂內有詩班排練A choir is practicing in the church
等緊…waiting…
教堂外有歌仔聽A little concert outside the church
俄式教堂在赫爾辛基Russian church in Helsinki
俄式教堂在赫爾辛基Russian church in Helsinki
俄式教堂在赫爾辛基Russian church in Helsinki
俄式教堂在赫爾辛基Russian church in Helsinki
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皇者之巔I am top of the world
皇者之巔I am top of the world
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