聖彼得堡CS Host

St. Petersburg CS  Host

這幅畫是我在聖彼得堡的家庭CS Host,爸爸Alexander、媽媽Larzse、小女兒Alexandra與一對鳥兒Chizika。

 

今次與CS Host有語言障礙,我不會俄語,他們不會中文,我們的共同語言只有英文,直到見面前,我們都以WhatsApp、CS電郵等書面溝通,沒什麼問題;但一見面要開口說話,大鑊了,我們各自有口音,完全不明白對方說什麼,我連Alexander說的遊覽貼士都聽唔明,傾偈更加不可能,結果面對面都要用Google Translate,大大拖慢理解速度,弄得雙方都無心機繼續溝通。

 

他們早睡早起,無人在家時,他們要求我也不能在家,所以通常我早上八時就出門,晚上在外吃過晚飯才回家,聖彼得堡的景點極多,每天我跑很多景點,回到家已累得不想說話,更無意欲與「語言不通」的他們聊天。

 

我在這個家做廳長,這個家的廚房、客廳、飯廳都在一個大房,我就睡在飯廳的梳化床上,與兩隻鳥兒相伴為鄰,不過兩隻雀兒經常呱呱嘈,老吵醒我,真想把牠們燒了來吃……

 

雖然語言難以溝通,但畫畫真的無界限,畫畫的時候,小女兒Alexandra不停扭動想逃走,所以媽媽Larzse用手環着她,要她坐定定,非常感謝他們一家肯合作,讓我能完成這畫。

這畫完成後,他們回看畫中的自己,感覺很特別,只望着我笑,我也笑着回望他們,我想我們在那一刻大概是明白對方的吧?

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其實他們人真的很好,有天媽媽Larzse剛巧有空,就帶上我與女兒Alexandra同遊兔子島,可能那幾天我都主動陪Alexandra「玩鬼臉」(雙手掩臉換表情的簡單遊戲),Alexandra竟然主動拖着我的手,小孩子的真誠信任真令人感動啊~

但Alexandra畢竟是小孩子,走走停停的,一小時走得完的景點,兩小時也未能走完,我與Larzse又溝通不到,加上聖彼得堡的眾多美麗景點太吸引,最後我主動提出想要獨自遊覽,Larzse有點不悅,但也阻止不了,然後我真的跑去了其他想看的景點,自由自在無拘無束是很高興的,但回到家情況有點尷尬,可能Larzse是為了我才去兔子島,我又不識相的提早離場,令她有點不是味兒吧?

 

但來聖彼得堡是個很難得的機會,下次不知何年何月才有機會再來,當時已是最後一晚,我與他們溝通又如此有障礙,兩相權衡下,勢利的我選擇了遠走高飛,獨自偷歡。

現在回想起來,當晚我應該花點耐性、犧牲點時間,向他們解釋我的決定,也要識做地買點蛋糕什麼的禮物送給他們,早上我惹怒了人,晚上卻蠢蠢地兩手空空地回家,真是個大傻瓜,現在會這樣回望的我,希望是旅行令人成熟了的得着吧。

 

我在聖彼得堡只待了五天,俄國不愧是歷史大國啊,聖彼得堡實在太多博物館與宮殿,全都舉世知名、漂亮堂皇、瑰麗無雙,都美麗得令人驚訝,我日日早出晚歸都看不完,五日根本不夠,要到齊所有景點,至少兩周,一個月就最原汁原味慢慢嘆!

 

甚麼是Couchsurfing? 

 

This is a picture of my CS family Host in St. Petersburg. They are father Alexander, mother Larzse, little daughter Alexandra and a pair of pet bird Chizika.

 

We have language barrier because I can’t speak Russian and they can’t speak Chinese. English is our only common language. It was fine before we met because we communicated in written English on WhatsApp or CS mailing. It is a disaster when we meet and speak. We both have our accent and we can’t understand each other. Alexander tells me some travel tips in St. Petersburg but I don’t understand what he’s speaking. It’s impossible for us to chat. We have to use Google Translate even face to face and it became so complicated and we both lost the interest in communicating.

 

They sleep early and wake up early. I can’t stay at home when nobody at home. I usually go out at 8am and back home late after having meals outside. There are LOTS of beautiful spots in St. Petersburg and I try to visit as many as I can everyday. I am so tired and don’t even what to speak when I back home.

 

The kitchen, living room and dining room are all in a big room in their home. I sleep in that big room. I sleep on a sofa-bed and 2 birds accompany me. Those birds are so noisy and always wake me up at night. It is quite a struggle for me to suppress the impulse to BBQ those birds…

 

Although language has barrier but painting has no boundary. Alexandra the little daughter always want to escape when I did the drawing. Her mum Larzse holds arms around Alexandra to make her sit still. I am greatly appreciate the whole family has good patients for me to finish this drawing.

When I finish the drawing, they look back at themselves in the drawing and smile to me. I smile back to them. I think we DID understand each other at that momentJ

 

They are really nice people. Larzse has a free day so she took me and Alexandra to Rabbit Island. Alexandra and I have a good relationship because we are keep playing ‘the mask face’ (a simple game of covering face with hands and change the facial expression) these days. Alexandra comes to me and holds my hand on the way. This sincere and friendly act of a kid is really touching~

But Alexandra is just a kid. We walk and stop. We can’t finish a 1-hour tourist spot for over 2 hours. I can’t really communicate with Larzse and there are lots of beautiful spots in St. Petersburg that I haven’t been to so I say to Larzse that I would like to travel alone. Larzse is a bit upset but she can’t stop me. I really did visit places I want to be and it’s really feel good to be free. But the situation is a bit awkward when I get home. Maybe Larzse visit the Rabbit Island FOR ME and I am so un-tactful to leave early and make her a bit upset.

 

It’s a precious opportunity for me to visit St. Petersburg and I have no idea when I can re-visit this amazing place again. That was my last night in St. Petersburg. One hand is the beautiful St. Petersburg and the other hand is the host that I can’t really communicate with. I balance the pros and cons and I choose to walk away and travel alone.

I should have more patients and scarify a bit of time to explain my decision with them when I look back now. And I should buy a cake or some kind of presents for them. I am so stupid that I pissed them off in the morning and return home with empty hands at night. But the good thing is, traveling has made me more mature and wise enough to think in this way now.

 

I just spent 5 days in St. Petersburg. Russia is really a powerful historical country. There are so many beautiful museums and palaces in St. Petersburg and they are all world-famous, amazing and beautiful. I go out early and back home late everyday but still can’t finish them all and 5 days just not enough! At least 2 weeks if I just want to quick glance on every beautiful spots and it would nice to have a whole month to visit St. Petersburg at ease!

What is Couch Surfing?

聖彼得堡SPB CS Host
睡房=廚房Bedroom=Kitchen
衰雀好嘈Noisy birds
得意妹Lovely kid
去了兔子島visiting the Rabbit Island
去了兔子島visiting the Rabbit Island
媽媽,抱高高!Mum, lift me up!
你睇我唔到Now you can’t see me
小人兒Little people
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末世Doom day
其實是由聖彼得堡坐火車入塔林的黃昏景Actually it’s a twilight view on train from SPB to Tallinn
由赫爾辛基坐遊輪入聖彼得堡On cruise from Helsinki to SPB
由赫爾辛基坐遊輪入聖彼得堡On cruise from Helsinki to SPB
芬蘭時與俄國時間…其實係一樣(咁仲要兩個鐘?)Finland time & Russia time…is the same(so why do you need TWO clocks?)
船房Room on board
一房四床4 beds in one room
飛Free bird
船景好靚view is just amazing on board
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第一眼望到的聖彼得堡建築物,好舊啊First building saw in SPB, so old
城內的建築物也挺舊Buildings in the city are quite old
在城中的橋Bridge in the city
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我由芬蘭赫爾辛基坐遊輪入聖彼得堡,坐船好舒服,買了最便宜的無窗房,睡了一晚,聽着旁邊的大姐說她的傳奇故事:她出生在中國東北,靠獎學金到了美國讀書,結了婚、入了籍,十多年後離婚了,人到中年忽覺從未為自己而活,辭了工作,浪遊世界,家人都說她瘋了,逼着去看醫生,

醫生說:你想去旅行,就去吧……

她現在要去聖彼得堡玩幾天,之前在杜拜待了半年,在沙漠學瑜伽,

我問:哎,若您還有中國護照,就可在聖彼得堡多待幾天了啦;

她說:我不想回中國了……

 

 

I was on a cruise from Helsinki to SPB. I love boat… I bought the cheapest no-window room. I spent one night on the cruise and listening the amazing life story of my neighbor…

She was a middle age lady who was born in north-east China and went to America with a college scholarship. She then married to an American and had a US passport. Then they got divorced after decades. She suddenly recognized she had never lived her own life so she quit her job and traveling around the world.

Her family was worry and took her to see a doctor. The doctor said: I couldn’t see any problems of quitting job and go travel. If you want to travel around the world, then go!

She was going to stay in St. Petersburg for a few days. She was staying in Dubai for 6 months and learning yoga in desert.

I asked her: Oh, you can stay longer in St. Petersburg if you still had your Chinese passport.

She said: I don’t want to go back to China anymore…