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今天是我们西雅图之行的第四天,最后一天,或许也是一辈子都难忘的一天。

Today is the last day of our trip, but the most meaningful day even in our whole lives.

今天的奇遇让我的心情到现在都无法平息,从8点回到酒店到现在的凌晨1点,我都无数次想抓紧时间记录下今日的一切,但总是刚写就删,删了又写,因为有太多的话想说,却已不知该从何说起。。。。。。

It is hard to keep diary today since there are lots of things to tell, but I do not know what I should start with.


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事情起因是这样的:在从杰克逊飞往西雅图的旅途中,怡兰姐在飞机上偶遇一位住在西雅图的美国老太太 Ms.Gorgerson,因为邻座的缘由再加上怡兰姐流利的英语表达基础,两人一路聊得非常开心,从中也得知老太太的一位女儿嫁了一位在美国出生的中国人,另外一位女儿曾经到过中国,而自己的外孙女也曾学习过中文,所以老太太也就盛情邀请我们三个中国女孩离开西雅图之前(也就是今天)去她家做客,吃中午饭。所以我们和老太太约好,今天中午12点时她和她丈夫在市中心邮局门口接我们。

The whole fantastic thing goes in this way: Four days ago yilan met an old lady on the flight to Seattle, whose name is Gorgerson, and they both were enjoy talking to each other. And Ms.Gorgerson has three daughters. One of them has been to China once, and one of them married to an ABC (American born Chinese). Besides, her granddaughter also learned Chinese for a year when she was at the community school. Therefore, the old lady is interested in Chinese things, so that she invited us to her home before we leave. And today, as we planned, she will pick us up at the post office in downtown at 12 am.

在此之前,我们决定先去邮局,正好把我们写好的一大堆明信片给寄出去。正巧在邮局中,碰上一位美国男士,他会讲很流利的中文,并声称他妻子是昆 明的(也就是我的家乡)。可是聊了一会见势头不对,我们就赶紧找借口出了邮局,避开男人。结果过了一会,那人跑出来邀请我们今晚去酒吧,当时我们立马开口 说自己还未成年,不能进酒吧。还好,那人并未勉强,最后还是离开了。我们就这么的小小的虚惊一场。

We arrived at the post office one hour earlier to send our post cards. Then we are waiting for the Mrs. Gorgerson in the office, an American guy come to talk with us in Chinese. He is a little bit forward and aggressive and even asks us to a pub night, which make us uncomfortable, and we just get out of the office immediately by making excuse.

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_ 到了中午,老太太和她丈夫准时开车过来接我们,一路上,我们大家聊得很开心,而且他们专门绕道,带我们近距离的欣赏了华盛顿湖的全貌。一路上,我们都被湖泊的唯美所震撼。那湖静谧无息,柔美满地,配上天边的起伏山群,和淡雅天际的装点,让我们的眼,清澈淋漓,让我们的心,沉静无间。更妙之处在于,我们并不是如看海一般近距离站在海边,而是坐在行驶的车子里,透过动的风景,看不动的世界。老太太说,她常常和他丈夫晚上来此散步。能想象吧,一对已结婚五十八年而相守如一的白发苍苍的夫妇,牵手漫步在落叶遍地的小道上,一起看远方起伏的冰山,一起观夜晚灯火装点的湖面,那是何等浪漫与感人的画面啊!老太太说,维系如此长久的婚姻的秘诀是,耐心。一个出乎意料却在情理之中的答案。

Later Ms. Gorgerson comes and we are going to her house with her husband in their car. Mr. Gorgerson is so nice that he takes us along the Washington Lake and we get a chance to see a fabulous lake as ever in Washington State. That lake is clean, wide and beautiful, especially with the decoration of those mountains around and the pure color of sky. The couple usually has a walk along this lake at evening. What a romantic thing it is! She tells us the secret of their more than fifty years’ marriage is patience. A good answer, isn’t?


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_ 游览了华盛顿湖后,我们到了他们家--一栋似乎于坐落于丛林间的别致房子。他们家整个布局是温馨的,古典的,连放盘子的盘垫都是古老的现在已经不存在的新西兰坎特伯雷大学的。没一会,老太太的孙女和女儿都来了。她孙女叫Lysne,毕业于华盛顿大学,语言学专业,是一位带有非常高贵气质的女孩。她女儿叫Carla,是一个乐队的歌手,曾经在1998年跟随老板到过中国。Carla很健谈,很开朗,因为乐队的演奏,去过世界的很多国家和地区。老太太的另外一个女儿的丈夫Richard Chew,就是那位出生在美国的中国人,是一名电影剪辑师。老太太的儿子是一名在阿拉斯加工作的渔夫。而老太太本身也非常健谈,非常的高贵优雅,她的丈夫是医生,一位年迈却依然英俊绅士的男士。

After seeing that beautiful and pleasant scenery, we get to her house – a lovely house located just like in a forest. The decoration there is classic style, even the pads are the class souvenirs of the University of Canterbury which is not sold out anymore. Several minutes later, her daughter, Lysne, and granddaughter, Carla, are coming. Lysne studied at the University of Washington, majored in linguistic and she is an elegant and smart girl. Her daughter, Calar, is a singer and guitar in her band and has been to China in 1998 with her boss. Also because of the band’s shows, she has been to lots of countries. And Ms. Gorgerson’s son-in-law, Richard Chew, is a film editor, born in American and her son is a fisherman in Alaska. The whole family looks fabulous and the old lady herself looks so elegant.


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_ 我们大家坐在一起聊了很多,话题从讲自己的生活到探讨贫富差距,从聊美国到谈及中国,英国,德国,意大利等多个地区,大家谈的都很尽兴。而老太太为我们准备的午餐,那也是绝对的可口。首先是上等的红酒,然后是白皙柔软的米饭,青绿翠甜的斑竹,伴有橄榄的鸡翅,甜点是混有三份不同口味的冰激凌,和香喷浓郁的咖啡,还配有由Carla乐队刚出的新专辑的歌曲。一个下午,也就在美酒,美菜和尽兴的交谈中,流逝了。我们于四点离开了。Carla亲自开车把我们送到了轻轨站。分别时我们都很不舍,所以都互留了联系方式,邮箱,facebook,家庭地址和电话,希望如果能有机会,我们到中国相见,到时,我们一定盛情款待这好心的一家人。

In the whole afternoon, we all focus on talking, from the experience of ourselves to the gap between rich and poor, from taking America to mentioning China, England, German, Italy, etc. the lunch they prepare is also good—a glass of red wine, tasty rice, roasted chicken, three types of ice creams and a cup of coffee, with the new album of Calar’s band. The nice visitation ends up at 4 pm. We really like each other and decide to save some contact information—facebook, emails, phones and addresses. Hope we will be staying together in China someday and we will treat them more than guests.  


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后来当晚上回到酒店,在网上一查Carla的乐队和Richard Chew,才知道,原来他们可是明星级别的人物,维基百科等权威网站都有他们的信息。我们这才知道,天啊,我们今天,居然是和如此有名气的一家人待了一下午,居然是和一位歌星级别的人物共餐,居然是和曾被英国奥斯卡奖提名为最佳剪辑师的家人聊天!

And it is funny that we are surprised at their family after google it when we come back. The information of Carla and Richard Chew on the Wikipedia gives us a shot. One of them is a kind of famous singer and the other is an outstanding film editor.


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Carla的乐队名称叫 the Walkabouts,是于1984年成立于美国西雅图的摇滚乐队,共出过将近八张专辑。Carla本身是乐队的主唱兼吉他手,并在美国很多地区演出过。www.walkabouts.com是她乐队的官网,里面包含了乐队的历史,功绩和歌曲等各种信息。我们听了她的两首歌,非常的好听。

Carla’s band, the Walkabouts, is an American rock band formed in Seattle in 1984 and she is the core singer and guitar in it. Totally they have eight albums and here is the office website of her band: www.walkabouts.com. The songs sound good.


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而老太太的女婿,Richard Chew曾参与过美国大片《星球大战》的剪辑,并是电影《单身贵族》的副导演,剪辑和制片人,总共成功剪辑过将近21部电影,并三次获英国电影与电视艺术学院奖的提名,一次荣获英国电影与电视艺术学院奖的最佳剪辑奖。在权威的维基百科英文版上看到他资料时,才知道他在电影剪辑界,也是一位名人。

Richard Chew, once edited the Star Wars and was an co-director, producer and editor of singles. He owned BAFTA Film Award for Best Film Editing of Conversation, Saturn Award for Outstanding Editing of Star Wars…… and was nominated four times of all kinds film editing.

我们现在也才恍然大悟,老太太家中的信件为什么如此之多而又未拆了。

Now, we finally get to know no wonder there are many letters in the old lady’s house.


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不过,冷静下来想一想,其实也没有那么夸张,大家都是平凡人。我们惊叹的只是这样偶遇的经历:三个中国女生,来到一个全新的,只待4天的,美国城市,居然只因为飞机上的偶遇和几个小时的交谈,我们今天下午就坐在了一个西雅图地区名流的家里,与她们共进午餐。???真的让人难以置信。

Actually we are excited not at meeting a famous family, but at meeting such a great experience—we should had a lunch with a native and famous American family with whom we met accidentally on the flight in such a new city that we have never been to and just stay in four days! Unbelievable.


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_ 其实,我们热爱西雅图这个城市,不仅是因为这里优美的自然环境,更是因为温暖的人文气息。第一天刚到西雅图机场,我们打电话时无法和酒店的接车员顺利的进行英语交流,好心的工作人员拿过电话,耐心的和他们讲清楚情况,我们才得以顺利的到了酒店。第二天,在暮色降临,我们还徘徊在轮渡不知道如何去太空塔的路途中,偶遇一位骑单车的男士。他看到我们好像在找路,就主动停下车为我们指路,还给我们一张很好用的地图,还给我们三每人一张带有5美元可以在美国各州星巴克使用的银行卡,以至于那天我们很快的找到路,而且在接下来的几天里,也在星巴克里喝了三四次免费的咖啡。第三天我们坐在去微软公司的公交车上睡着了,到站时乘客和司机主动把我们叫醒,为我们指路,以至于我们顺利的到达了微软公司并按时返回。还有今天。。。

Probably that is why we love this city, not only for the beautiful nature scenery also for the nice people. We met a nice officer first day when we were at airport. At that time we had troubles in communicating with hotel’s pick-up service and he actively talked with them so that we went to the right place on time. We met a nice passenger second day when we were lost at waterfront. He was riding bike and stopped to help us find the right way by giving us maps. Moreover, he gave us a bank card for each and we can use that card in Starbucks up to five dollars. We met a nice driver third day when we were on the bus to the Microsoft Corporation. And today……


回头想想这几天的经历,我们深感,我们是被上帝所保护的孩子,我们是幸运的孩子。除了说幸运,我们还能以各种更好的理由去解释呢。而西雅图这座城市的人文气息,确实令人无比的自在,舒服。干净的街道,温情的市场,热心的行人。。。难怪这里的轻轨票都靠自觉性而没有强制性的检票机,难怪这里的公共汽车可以买一次票就无数次的换乘,难怪这里被称为全美最适宜居住的城市!

We are lucky girls, aren’t we? We are the precious kids of God, aren’t we? We are well protected by God, aren’t we? Thank God so much. Love Seattle, love Pike Market, love everything we met here.


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_ 现在已经凌晨早晨六点了,雨涵她们已经坐上了飞往旧金山的飞机,我再过一个小时也即将踏上下一站之旅。好不舍,好留念,好不愿意和西雅图说晚安,而想一直和它说早安!

Now, it is almost 6 am and one hour later, we are going to leave here. Not want to say “Good night, Seattle” anymore, instead, pursue to say “Good morning, Seattle!” all the time.

西雅图不眠夜,今日再现,不因为电影中的爱情,而因为现实生活中,城市的温情!

Sleepless in Seattle, is happening not because of romantic love in the movie, but because of love in the reality life in Seattle.

早安,西雅图!
Good morning, Seattle!

作者:杨熙
Author: Joy Yang

 


 


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Lysne
12/21/2011 19:18

Hi Joy, Yilan, and Yuhan!

I found your blog from Joy's Facebook page. What a lovely recounting of your visit and great pictures, too. I really had fun meeting with and talking to you three. I hope someday soon I can come visit China in return!

Happy holidays, and have a wonderful time on the rest of your trip!

-Lysne

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Joy
12/22/2011 21:50

hey, Lysne, so surprised to see your comments here!!! we all think it is a great experience as ever since we have been here. thank you so much. have fun with holidays!!! = )

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