奧斯陸CS Host

Oslo CS Host

畫中人是Oksana,她來自烏克蘭,現居挪威,是我在挪威首都「奧斯陸」(Oslo)的CS Host。

除了人物外,畫中的小配件也顯示人物的經歷個性,畫中Oksana頭插耳機,名副其實「人機合一」,而電腦、耳機等科技物品,也對Oksana的命運影響至深。

畫中的白色背景不用上色,超級省時,也令注意力更集中在人物身上。

 

80後的Oksana年紀雖輕,但她的經歷側寫了當代烏克蘭滄桑史。

Oksana出生在烏克蘭的小城鎮,祖父母為農民,父母生活在小鎮,Oksana與幾位兄弟姐妹在暑假時會返鄉下探望祖父母,並下田幫忙。

來自香港的我,一直生活在高樓大廈中,一向對鄉村生活抱有憧憬,一聽Oksana有機會落田,即雙眼發光,十分羨慕;但Oksana卻一臉鄙然,明言今世不想做農夫,她說務農生活很艱苦,不少農民早逝,她的祖父母都是農民,雖然只有60多歲,但外表卻如80歲,臉上皺紋深如刀刻。

我吃了一驚,我在香港也有過「落田」經驗,但只是一兩個小時的務農體驗坊,我只記得新鮮收割的菜蔬甘甜無比,置身大自然平靜安穩;卻從未試過在無水無電的農舍過夜,無試過摸黑起床、捱凍割菜,如果日復如是,那真是一個艱苦生活啊,我對「落田」還抱有浪漫憧憬,因為我是俾錢去「體驗」,去「購買」落田最美好的經驗,在農田化身「旅客」去享受;農民卻是下田勞動去「賺錢」生活,以往我從未逆地設想農民的處境,Oksana的反應令我看到世界的另外一面,我身在挪威,卻忽然看見了烏克蘭農民的辛酸,甚至反省自己對香港農田的天真印象,旅行遇到的每個人,都是一段奇緣,總有意外驚喜。

 

Oksana的童年與少女時代都在烏克蘭渡過,她原來是個IT天才,高中時得到了一個獎學金,改寫了她一生的命運,靠着那份獎學金,她離鄉背井,隻身到美國求學,獲得科技相關的學士學位,畢業後又再到西班牙深造,再獲科技相關的碩士學位,但西班牙失業率高企,Oksana找不到工作,唯有返回烏克蘭,並在首都「基輔」一間科技公司工作,幾年後獲調派至奧斯陸分站,因而落戶挪威。

由至貧烏克蘭,飛到至富挪威,Oksana坦言「十分興奮」,她的半生經歷活脫脫是一個「知識改變命運」的故事。

 

我在奧斯陸原定有兩位CS Host,一位是Oksana,另一位是Jonathan,他是挪威人,他在CS網站得到的評論都是一致讚好,在Jonathan家借宿過的CS Surfers都說他是「紳士」,甚至是「天使」,正面得不能再誇張,於是我聯絡上了他,他又剛巧有空,同意我借宿他家。

原定計劃是我先到Oksana家住四晚,再到Jonathan家住兩晚,但我忽生怯意,覺得獨身女子在獨身男子家借宿不太好,於是膽粗粗地問Oksana,可否在她家多住兩晚。

Oksana問我點解,我如實直說,她嗤之以鼻,說:「我在歐洲旅行時,全是男子Host。」但她還是硬食了我這個不情之請,讓我多留了兩晚,不過她的態度急轉直下,變得超級冷淡,最後一天我離開時,她正眼也不望,隨便丟下一句「Bye」,就「砰」地關上大門。

但我還是非常感激Oksana,畢竟是我忽然縮沙,她仍心胸廣大地收留我多兩晚,雖然在同一屋簷下日對夜對一個黑面神並不好受,但黑面只有幾日期限,每次她黑面我,我竟能擠到笑臉迎上,人到盡處還真的能屈能伸啊,經過此役,以後我對着任何黑面惡頂老闆也無問題了!呵哈哈哈哈哈哈~

 

我又在奧斯陸瘋狂看歌劇,奧斯陸歌劇院外形漂亮,製作水準更是一流!

奧斯陸歌劇院有對正舞台的企位票,什麼都貴的挪威,唯獨歌劇的企位票不算太貴,我看了塞爾維亞理髮師、唐璜與Káťa Kabanová,歌詞都有英文字幕,演員個個唱功了得,古典劇本也增添挪威本土特色,例如小情人遠走高飛不是用車,而是坐船,是海盜出身的挪威人最念茲在茲的船,掛的還是挪威國旗,本土與傳統無縫接軌,正! 

 

甚麼是Couchsurfing? 

It is Oksana in the picture. She comes from Ukraine and lives in Norway. She is my CS Host in Oslo, the capital of Norway.

The little accessories show the experiences and characteristics of the person in the picture. Oksana wears her headset with her PC in the picture. Those IT objects affect her fate deeply.

The white background doesn’t need to be painted and it is super time-saving. The attention can be focused on the person.

 

Oksana was born in the decade of 1980’. Her experience shows the history of modern Ukraine.

Oksana was born in a little town in Ukraine. Her grand-parents is farmers and her parents live in town. Oksana and her siblings would visit their grand-parents in the country and helping in farms in summer holiday.

 

I live in a high-rise building all my life in urban Hong Kong and always has a fantasy about country life. I am so envy that Oksana has a chance to live in the country and has experience on farms. But Oksana spurns and said she doesn’t want to be a farmer again. She said life on farm is hard. There are lots of farmers die young. Her grand-parents are just 60 something but look like 80 something with wrinkles like pits on their faces.

 

I am surprise. I have experiences on farm but they were just 1-2 hours farming workshop. I just remember the veges are super sweet when they are freshly harvested and I have a peaceful mind in the arms of nature. I have never slept overnight in a cottage without water nor electricity. I have never gotten up at dark just to harvest the veges in coldness. It would really be a hard life if it is a daily routine. I still have a fantasy on country life because I paid to ‘experience’ and to ‘buy’ the most comfortable hours on a farm. I was a ‘tourist’ to enjoy the farm but the farmers have to work on farm to ‘earn’ their life. I have never put myself in a position of a farmer but Oksana’s reaction makes me see the other side of the world. I am in Norway but I see the hardship and bitterness of the Ukrainian farmers and even introspect my naïve impression of farms in Hong Kong. Traveling is really a journey expect the unexpected!

 

Oksana has her childhood and maiden days in Ukraine. Actually she is an IT genius. She got a scholarship that changed her fate in high school. She left her homeland alone to USA and obtained an IT degree with the scholarship. She went to Spain for a master degree in IT after graduation. But she couldn’t find a job because Spain had a high unemployment rate. Oksana went back to Ukraine and got a job in an IT company in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine. She just transferred to Oslo by that IT company so she moved to Norway.

From the poorest Ukraine to the richest Norway, Oksana frankly admits she is ‘very exciting’. Her life is a story of ‘knowledge changes fate’.

 

I have two CS Hosts in Oslo in my original plan. One is Oksana and the other is Jonathan. Jonathan is from Norway and the comments he got in CS website are all positive. The CS Surfers who were hosted by him said he is a ‘gentleman’, or even ‘angel’. It’s just too positive that seems not real. I contact him and he agrees to host me.

 

I stay with Oksana for 4 nights then stay with Jonathan for 2 nights in my original plan. But suddenly I felt timid and it does not seem good for a lone female traveller to stay overnight in a male host home. So I ask Oksana if I can stay with her for two more nights.

Oksana asks me why and I just say the truth. She spurns and said, ‘I stay with male hosts ALL the time when I were travelling in Europe,’ But she still kindly accepts my unexpected request and let me stay at her home for two more nights. Her attitude drops to super cold immediately. She doesn’t waste time to look at me and just casually said ‘Bye’ and quickly shut the door in my last day in Oslo. 

I still own Oksana a big thank you. It’s my fault to change the original plan suddenly and she is generous enough to host me for two more nights.

Although it isn’t a good feeling to see a hatred face all the day under the same roof but I know this hatred face has a time limit and surprisingly I can squeeze out a smiley face to confront her hatred face every time. Human is really an adaptable specie. I believe I can get along with ANY nasty, stupid, cruel bosses in the future after this several days intensive training on confronting hatred…

 

I see lots of opera in Oslo again. The Oslo Opera House has a beautiful outlook and its production is super-good!

There are standing tickets in Oslo Opera House and they are cheap compare to everything-expensive-Norway. I saw The Barber of Seville, Don Giovanni and Káťa Kabanová. There are English subtitles and they are easy to follow. The singing are beautiful. There are native Norwegian element in classic opera script: the young lovers run away on BOAT (with a Norway national flag), a common transport for the originated-pirate Norwegians, but not on CAR. It’s so cool to see a prefect mix between traditional and native style!

What is Couch Surfing?

Oksana與畫Oksana with her picture
Oksana與電腦Oksana with her PC
挪威窩Home in Norway
挪威航空!Norwegian Air!
在天上up above
挪威航空!Norwegian Air!
挪威航空!Norwegian Air!
奧斯陸地圖Oslo map
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咁神奇!?Really!?
爆前衛So pioneer
即使遠在挪威!even far in Norway!
靚靚毛衣Beautiful wool sweaters
挪威乜都貴,唯有樓,比香港便,唉...Properties is the only thing cheaper than HK in Norway
乾貨Dry food
吉卜賽人?Gypsy?
全世界都有 Everywhere in the world
全世界都有 Everywhere in the world
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塗鴉在奧斯陸Graffiti in Oslo
塗鴉在奧斯陸Graffiti in Oslo
塗鴉在奧斯陸Graffiti in Oslo
塗鴉在奧斯陸Graffiti in Oslo
塗鴉在奧斯陸Graffiti in Oslo
塗鴉在奧斯陸Graffiti in Oslo
塗鴉在奧斯陸Graffiti in Oslo
塗鴉在奧斯陸Graffiti in Oslo
塗鴉在奧斯陸Graffiti in Oslo
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人與雕像 statue and humans
Beatles
好大隻狗Such a big dog
彩虹!Rainbow!
做咩影我?Why shoot me?
花海Sea of flowers
花海Sea of flowers
花海Sea of flowers
花海Sea of flowers
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花海Sea of flowers
六四柱...pillar of 64...
六四柱...pillar of 64...
六四柱...pillar of 64...
傾偈chatting
好認真 So serious
好認真 So serious
嬲 3some
鐵藝Beautiful iron cut!
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鐵藝Beautiful iron cut!
鐵藝Beautiful iron cut!
好happy
好happy
好happy
唔.... Um...
此人不停用普通話叫人脫共This man calls the Chinese to quit the communist party in Mandarin
好舒服 So comfortable
BB~~
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