来自布拉格的问候(一)

作者:杏林一虹  于 2016-2-18 01:15 发表于 最热闹的华人社交网络--贝壳村

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关键词:布拉格


前面的话:上学期,女儿到布拉格待了一学期(study abroad)。在布拉格期间,她写了一系列游记,征得女儿的同意后,我把它们翻译成了中文,有兴趣的朋友闲来无事可以看看,谢谢!

来自布拉格的问候(一) 文 Beth   翻译 杏林一虹





我终于来到了布拉格!
 旅途还算顺利,只是在慕尼黑转机时间有点紧,因为德国安检人员非要我把随身背的书包里的每一件东西都拿出来让他们过目。还好,除了把妈妈特意帮我买的水杯丢了,一切顺利,我平安地来到了捷克共和国。

 很多和我一样来学习的孩子们挤在布拉格机场等出租车,个个疲惫不堪,情绪恶劣。刚刚经过长途飞行就要面对几十个将来可能要在一起学习生活的人,的确不是一件容易应对的事。由于我的宿舍已经订好,老师就安排我先坐出租车回学校。一路上,我目不转睛地盯着车窗外,虽然一开始并没有看到什么特别的景色。当车接近市区,伏尔塔瓦河进入眼帘时,窗外的景色变得异常优美。鳞次栉比的各种建筑和我在网上看到的照片上一样壮观,铺满鹅卵石的街道比比皆是。出乎我意料的是,街头到处都有各种涂鸦,非常有趣。虽然我并没有宾至如归的感觉,也没有对布拉格一见钟情,但是我喜欢这个城市在展现她的美丽的同时并不掩饰自己的真实。


我的宿舍与一座十世纪的山顶古堡相邻,从这里可以俯瞰整个布拉格。我们的学习中心就坐落于此,更有意义的是,捷克著名作曲家德沃夏克的墓地也在这里。宿舍比美国西北大学的校舍实在漂亮太多,巨大的落地窗,整洁的家具,房间里就配有洗手池……还有高高的屋顶和瓷砖地板……我相信和其他学生住在一起能帮我消除对新环境的畏惧心理,尽快适应新生活,但我也要早日走出宿舍的保护圈,尽快了解捷克文化并融入当地生活,毕竟这才是到海外学习的真正目的。 时差有点严重,不过今天终于在吃饭时间觉得饿了,估计已经快调整过来了。这个星期我们主要学习如何使用布拉格的公共交通,以及在这里生活需要了解的各种事项,包括捷克语。我迫不及待地想要到处走走看看,但是学校要先教会我们如何照顾好自己,如何在这里生活,这也是必须的。值得高兴的是我已经学会了一些简单的捷克语,比如“请”,“你好”,“谢谢”等等。



饮酒无疑是当地生活的重要组成部分,啤酒的确比水便宜!一美元就可以买到非常好的捷克啤酒。在来布拉格之前我从来没有喝到过可口的啤酒,但是在这里我学会了品尝啤酒的美味。我发现啤酒与以土豆,肉类和面包为主的捷克食品搭配真是恰到好处。捷克人喝酒不是为了买醉(像美国人那样),他们是为了品尝酒的美妙,我很欣赏这一点。




来到布拉格以后,我十分喜欢散步。昨天晚餐后,我和其他几个女孩子到宿舍附近的古城堡散步,我们爬上高高的城墙,沿着墙头前行,夜幕下布拉格的灯火尽收眼底,美丽动人。我无法相信自己已经真的来到了这里,来到了这个有着丰富的文化和历史的地方。这一刻,将会永远留在我的记忆里。 过去的几天对我来说是小小的挑战,我要学习与各种各样素不相识的人打交道、交朋友;我要学习使用当地的交通,偶尔也会迷路;但是我不需要担心课程,担心实习机会,担心我的成绩,我只要享受眼下难忘的每一刻,新的生活既刺激又富有挑战性!(2015年9月3日)




附原文如下

I’ve finally arrived in Prague! Traveling here was not terrible, especially compared to my flights to China (hello 13-hour flights). I lost my water bottle after arriving in Munich and was a little pressed for time during my layover there because the German version of TSA made me take everything out of my backpack and show it to them, BUT everything ended well and I made it to the Czech Republic. The first thing I noticed after getting to the airport was that I didn’t have to go through an immigration line because I got my passport stamped in Germany, which is also considered part of the Schengen territory. I almost went back through the exit because I thought I had made a mistake.

There were a ton of CIEE kids waiting at the airport for taxis and everyone looked absolutely exhausted. I’ve been on my share of international flights, and they’re all grueling, but it’s especially tough when you’re faced with 50 people who will eventually become friends with right after getting off the plane. I got placed in the dorm so program coordinators sent me on a cab to the city – of course I had my nose glued to the window the whole time, but for the first leg of the trip, there really wasn’t much to see. But once we got to the city and within sight of the Vltava River, it was gorgeous. Way too warm, but the buildings were tall and exactly what they looked like on Google images and there were cobblestone streets everywhere. There was also a lot of graffiti everywhere, which was really interesting (something I definitely didn’t expect). I didn’t feel immediately at home and I didn’t fall in love with the city upon first glance, but I liked that Prague was both beautiful and unpretentious at the same time.

I got placed in a dorm in the neighborhood of Vyšehrad, which is a castle on top of a hill (built in the 10th century) that overlooks all of Prague. The CIEE study center is also up there – and fun fact, so is the grave of Antonín Leopold Dvořák. The dorm rooms are significantly nicer than the ones at Northwestern, with gigantic windows and real furniture and a sink in the room. It’s definitely comfortable with high ceilings and tiled floors. Being in the dorm allowed me to meet a lot of people really quickly, which was both intimidating and a good thing, I think, because being in a new country is always intimidating and it’s a lot less scary with someone there with you to share the cluelessness. Hopefully after this week we’ll get out of the dorm bubble a little more and get more immersed in Czech culture, because ultimately that’s what studying abroad is about.

Jet lag was really terrible for a little bit, but I think my body is finally getting adjusted. I was hungry today at the right times, so I think it’ll be okay. Most of the week has been spent at orientation with the other students here, and we learned the basics about public transportation in Prague as well as health procedures, etc. It’s a little frustrating to have to sit in a classroom when we could be out exploring the city, but the program has to teach us how to be responsible about living here first. Next week, we start intensive Czech lessons. My very limited Czech vocabulary current consists of: dobrý den (good day), prosím (please), and děkuji (thank you). And of course, “ahoj,” which means “hi” and is pronounced like ahoy (we all use this with great gusto).

There is absolutely a huge drinking culture here (it is true, beer is cheaper than water and you can get a great Czech beer for about $1 USD or 24 Czech crowns). I’ve never met a beer I liked until I came to Prague and I can attest to the smoothness and deliciousness of the beer here. The beers go along really well with Czech food, which mostly consists of potatoes, meat and dumplings (usually made from bread). Czechs don’t drink to get drunk (like Americans do), but they drink to enjoy the taste, which I really appreciate.

One of my favorite things to do here in Prague is taking walks. Last night, a few other girls and I went up to the castle wall near our dorm (about a 10 minute stroll) after we finished dinner, just to check out the study center. While we were up there, we walked along the edge of the wall and were able to see Prague lit up at night. It was amazing and beautiful, and it was hard to believe that I was really here, in this richly cultured, historic city with so much character. I think it’ll be a moment that will remain in my mind for a long time.

The last four days have really just been about stepping out of my comfort zone by a huge gap – talking to people I most likely never would have become friends with at Northwestern, taking the public transportation and getting a little bit lost, not worrying about classes and internships and academic things, and just really living every single moment and being present in every single memory I make here. It’s not easy, but it’s certainly exciting and challenging!

 


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5 回复 fanlaifuqu 2016-2-18 01:44
非常喜欢这句:展现她的美丽的同时并不掩饰自己的真实。
3 回复 白露为霜 2016-2-18 01:53
十几年前去过布拉格,很喜欢那里。
6 回复 kzhoulife 2016-2-18 02:19
一日不见, 如隔三秋; 多年不见, 恍如隔世了! 最最最亲切的问候!
6 回复 kzhoulife 2016-2-18 02:23
布拉格, 古色古香的浪漫。游记写的好, 妈妈翻译的也好, 读完大有收获。
5 回复 蒔花闲人 2016-2-18 02:24
   老朋友新挑战,问好!
5 回复 曾经以为的凝视 2016-2-18 02:29
你女儿的文笔相当不错!对景物描写生动,对心里的感受细致。别告诉我你修改过。
3 回复 杏林一虹 2016-2-18 02:40
fanlaifuqu: 非常喜欢这句:展现她的美丽的同时并不掩饰自己的真实。
谢谢翻老,我也是十分喜欢这句话。
4 回复 杏林一虹 2016-2-18 02:41
白露为霜: 十几年前去过布拉格,很喜欢那里。
老朋友好! 本来打算她在那里的时候去走一趟的,后来因为各种原因没能成行,颇感遗憾,只有以后找机会去了。
3 回复 往事并不如烟 2016-2-18 02:42
问好先~喜欢真实!

“在布拉格期间,她谢了一系列游记——”勘误:她写了——她谢了
1 回复 杏林一虹 2016-2-18 02:42
kzhoulife: 一日不见, 如隔三秋; 多年不见, 恍如隔世了! 最最最亲切的问候!
老朋友好,即使恍如隔世,见到你还是那么熟悉亲切!非常开心!   
3 回复 杏林一虹 2016-2-18 02:44
kzhoulife: 布拉格, 古色古香的浪漫。游记写的好, 妈妈翻译的也好, 读完大有收获。
谢谢大才子鼓励,请期待下集!
4 回复 杏林一虹 2016-2-18 02:45
蒔花闲人:    老朋友新挑战,问好!
老朋友好,可是要搞清楚你是谁似乎确实是个挑战呢!   
2 回复 杏林一虹 2016-2-18 02:47
曾经以为的凝视: 你女儿的文笔相当不错!对景物描写生动,对心里的感受细致。别告诉我你修改过。
谢谢朋友鼓励,小女是新闻专业学生,所以我只敢老老实实翻译原文,不敢添油加醋。   
3 回复 曾经以为的凝视 2016-2-18 02:51
杏林一虹: 谢谢朋友鼓励,小女是新闻专业学生,所以我只敢老老实实翻译原文,不敢添油加醋。    
我立即被雷到了!
2 回复 杏林一虹 2016-2-18 02:52
往事并不如烟: 问好先~喜欢真实!

“在布拉格期间,她谢了一系列游记——”勘误:她写了——她谢了
不好意思,笔误,应该是“写了”,已经改了,谢谢老朋友!
5 回复 曾经以为的凝视 2016-2-18 02:53
杏林一虹: 谢谢朋友鼓励,小女是新闻专业学生,所以我只敢老老实实翻译原文,不敢添油加醋。    
想看原文。
4 回复 蒔花闲人 2016-2-18 02:55
杏林一虹: 老朋友好,可是要搞清楚你是谁似乎确实是个挑战呢!    
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Stdbs7x-0no
2 回复 杏林一虹 2016-2-18 03:34
你改头换面,俺认不出了!     
2 回复 杏林一虹 2016-2-18 03:37
曾经以为的凝视: 想看原文。
加上了,敬请指教!   
4 回复 曾经以为的凝视 2016-2-18 03:54
我在看这些:

当车接近市区,伏尔塔瓦河进入眼帘时,窗外的景色变得异常优美。鳞次栉比的各种建筑和我在网上看到的照片上一样壮观,铺满鹅卵石的街道比比皆是

Way too warm, but the buildings were tall and exactly what they looked like on Google images and there were cobblestone streets everywhere.

我们爬上高高的城墙,沿着墙头前行,夜幕下布拉格的灯火尽收眼底,美丽动人。
we walked along the edge of the wall and were able to see Prague lit up at night.

不错!谢谢!
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