Malaga Host Alicia

我從葡萄牙首都里斯本去西班牙南部城市馬拉加,由於兩國都是歐盟國家,所以無邊境檢查;我是坐Bla Bla Car去的。

 

Bla Bla Car在歐洲好流行,它是一個共乘網站,任何人也可免費注冊做會員,只需在網站輸入出發地、目的地、日期、人數、有無特殊行李等資料,就能看到每位司機的收費、過往行車紀錄等。

選好司機後,在網站過數,Bla Bla Car會給乘客一個密碼,出發當日就以此密碼與司機相認,最後司機就靠那密碼向Bla Bla Car收回車費。

 

我由里斯本去馬拉加,車上擠滿四名乘客與一個司機,五人互不相識,有女學生,有大媽,有中產男,有浪子,仲有唯一亞洲面的我,有人中途下車了,有人一直去到馬拉加。

 

司機是個西班牙美男子,他說自己的故鄉在馬拉加,近年在里斯本工作,所以會定期回鄉省親,但一輛五人車只坐他一人很浪費,就在Bla Bla Car招旅伴,幫補油錢。

 

我與靚仔司機的相認過程也很稿笑,來自香港的我,打招呼頂多握手,但熱情的西班牙人卻會擁抱親吻;靚仔司機也不例外,我們相認後,他竟然湊上臉來,我吃了一驚,下意識迎頭頂上,結果我的鐵頭撞上他的下巴,二人都抱着頭喊痛打滾;旁邊的大叔目睹全程,嘿嘿冷笑着。

 

我尷尬地笑說:「對不起!」

 

靚仔司機温文爾雅,摸着下巴笑說:「不要緊、不要緊,我們有時也會這樣。」

 

我坐後座,與靚仔司機再無交流。

但里斯本去馬拉加路遙千里,我們比原定遲了足足一小時才到馬拉加,讓早早在馬拉加車站等候我的Alicia擔心了,非常抱歉!

 

 

我與Alicia的相識也是段奇緣。

Alicia是西班牙人,馬拉加是她的故鄉。

我們卻是在日本 沖繩 大宜味 喜友名牧場認識的,我們都在喜友名牧場wwoof(免費食宿,六日工作),之後我返回香港,Alicia返回西班牙,我們仍保持聯絡,偶爾會寫明信片給對方,當我決定來歐洲玩,她力邀我來馬拉加,說馬拉加很美,謝謝Alicia的好介紹!

 

Alicia是個精神料社工,在醫院工作了十多年,年前辭職了,目前正優哉悠哉地享受着西班牙陽光,她體貼又風趣,每天帶着我周圍跑,帶我看當地人才知道的漂亮塗鴉,一齊在當地人才會去的小酒館探險,品嚐當地人才會點的美食。

她樂觀開朗,反應敏捷,幽默風趣,有她在無悶場、無人會難堪。記得我們在喜友名牧場工作至累趴,我倆興高采烈地妄想逃亡大計,我笑說:「我們應該找隻牛當馬騎,趁黑夜逃離牧場耶~」

她附和:「對啊,我們應該先揀定跑最快的牛!」並吐舌突眼,扮成騎着瘋牛的滑稽貎。

 

Alicia未婚無子女,卻照顧着幾個可愛侄子;與同是帶着幾個孩子的寡佬Juan認識了,Alicia笑說:「我們是拍拖湊仔,每次約會都有一大群孩子。」噢,這種寓湊仔於拍拖的藉口,上世紀的香港都盛行過啊!

 

Alicia勇於追求所愛,她憶述:「當時我與Juan在夜海游水,晴空月明很漂亮,但Juan仍然拖拖拉拉,我就說:『你再不碰我,我就真的要叫了』。」

 

Alicia又帶我去了她參加合唱的社區中心,當晚正放映合唱班導師拍攝的紀錄片,放映後合唱來個即場合奏,又有團員表演佛蘭明哥舞,正呀!

 

原來佛蘭明哥舞、鬥牛等西班牙國技都起源於南部,馬拉加更是畢加索的出生地,馬拉加,真係好正呀!!多謝Alicia邀請我來!

 

 

 

I was going from Lisbon, the capital of Portugal to Malaga, a southern city in Spain. There was no border because Portugal and Spain are both European countries.

I went there by Bla Bla Car.

 

Bla Bla Car was very popular in Europe. It is a carpooling website. Everybody can register as a member (Passenger or Driver) and it’s free.

I can see the charges of different drivers and their driving record in Bla Bla Car if I typed the departure location, destination, travelling date, number of passenger and with/with not luggage.

I paid Bla Bla Car once I chose a driver. Bla Bla Car would give me a password. The driver and I recognised each other by that password. And the driver got money from Bla Bla Car with that password.

 

There were 4 passengers and a driver on my journey from Lisbon to Malaga. We didn’t know each other. There were female student, a mum, a middle-class man, a male traveller and the only Asian face (that’s me:). Some of the passenger got off the car in middle of the journey. The rest of us went straight to Malaga.

 

The driver was a handsome Spanish. He said his home town was Malaga and he worked in Lisbon. He would go back to Malaga from time to time. But it was a waste for him to drive a car every time. That’s why he asked in Bla Bla Car if anyone would like to share the oil cost to Malaga.

 

It was fun when I first met the handsome driver. Hong Kongers like me would just greet or shake hands with first meet people. But the passionate Spanish would hug and kiss and the handsome driver was no different.

We were first meet in the terminal. He put his face near me and I was surprised. I just turned my head towards him without another thought and my head hit on his chin. We both held our painful head and cried.

A gentleman nearby was laughing hard because he witnessed the whole incident.

 

I said embarrassedly, ‘I am sorry!’

 

The handsome driver was a gentleman. He was massaging his painful chin and smiled and said, ‘It’s OK, sometime we did that too,’

 

But the distance from Lisbon to Malaga was so far. We arrived in Malaga AN HOUR LATER THAN SCHEDULED TIME. I made Alicia who had waited HOURS for me in the Malaga terminal worry.

Alicia, I am so sorry!

 

 

It was another funny story of how I knew Alicia.

Alicia is a Spanish. Malaga is her home town.

And we met in Kiyuna Farm in Ogimi, Okinawa, Japan.

We were both wwoofers (free accommodation with 6 days work) there. I went back to Hong Kong after working holiday in Japan and Alicia went back to Spain. But we kept contact for years and writing postcards to each other.

Alicia said I HAVE to come to Malaga if I was going to travel in Europe. She said Malaga is just a place that I OUGHT to see.

And she is right. Malaga is so beautiful. Thanks so much for your recommendation, Alicia!

 

Alicia was a social worker in a mental hospital. She worked there for decades but she quit her job and enjoying the warm Spanish sun now.

She is sweet and funny. She went out with me every day and took me to places where only the locals knew like beautiful graffiti, little wine house and yummy restaurant.

She is an optimist with great humour. The room will be lightened if she is there and no one get upset.

I remembered we were so tired of working in Kiyuna Farm and daydreaming our great escaping plan, I said, ‘We should find a cow and ride on it and escape the farm during dark!’

She agreed, ‘Absolutely! We should start picking the fastest cow right now!’ and she put her tongue out and pretended riding on a crazy cow back.

 

Alicia is signal and has no kids but she is looking after her lovely nieces and met Juan who is a signal father with 3 lovely children.

Alicia said with a smile, ‘We are baby-sitting-dating. There always are kids when we date every time,’

Oh, this kind of baby sitting as an excuse for dating was very common in Hong Kong in the old days!

 

Alicia is brave in love, she said, ‘I was swimming with Juan one night. It was beautiful with moon was shining on the sea. But Juan was very passive and I said, “I am going to scream if you do NOT touch me now,” ’

 

We visited a local community centre where Alicia has her choir practise. They were showing a documentary directed by the choir teacher that night. They sang together happily after the film and even danced the Flamenco, awesome!

 

Malaga was actually the birth place of Picasso. And the famous Spanish art like Flamenco and bullfighting was born in southern city like Malaga.

Malaga is really a place that OUTGHT to visit. Thanks again for inviting me to come to Malaga, Alicia!

家Family
家Family
家Family
Alicia's home
合唱The Choir
合唱班The Choir
佛蘭明哥舞!Flamenco Dance!
社區中心Community center
當地紀錄片Local documentary
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白牆與Alicia and the white wall
唔Um...
岩石女神~Goddess of Rock~
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posing~!
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