Archipell

Last month my housemate Yahui and I went to a park nearby to view the annular solar eclipse. Before set off, I made a simple eclipse viewer, and had a bottle of ink with me.

It was cloudy when we arrived at the park. Some people were taking group photos, more people were jogging, it seemed that no one had heard about the news of solar eclipse. We had to sit on a bench and wait. Soon the sun appeared under the cover of thin clouds. I took my viewer and stood with my back to the sun, looking for a suitable angle. Then I saw a spot on the screen that looked like a torch. It was trembling slightly because of my heartbeats.

We then walked towards the lawn. There we met Kim, a woman in her 50s or 60s. She leaned on her bike with the bike lying on the ground, viewing the eclipse in a very relaxed position. She said we are the only two she met viewing the eclipse at that day. She said 20 years ago, when we were not born yet, there was a solar eclipse that everyone came out, waited and viewed, but now no one even care about this. No matter what happened on the Earth, the cosmos always follows it's own way and will never be changed.

Kim asked our names and their meanings. Yahui, the light but not that dazzling, exactly echoed with the theme of that day.

How to make the solar eclipse viewer: https://youtu.be/PMPBWLSYKaw

鸡蛋饼

I can't find a proper word in English to refer to 饼 (Bing), which can be tortilla, flatbread, naan, or pancake. Having grown up in Northern China, Bing is always my breakfast since I was in kindergarten. It's easy to cook, can be served as breakfast, dinner or a snack. I improved(localised?) the recipe so that all the ingredients can be found in a Western supermarket.

Ingredients

1 Egg 1 Tortilla wrap 1 Spring onion/green onion Vegetable oil Salt Lettuce Chilli Sauce (Optional) Chopped coriander (optional)

Method

Step 1: Chop the spring onion. Mix an egg with 2 pinches of salt and the chopped spring onion in a bowl.

Step 2: Add 1 tsp oil to the pan. Turn on the medium heat, and pour the egg mixture into the pan. Cover the tortilla over the egg mixture. * Please pour in the egg mixture before the pan is hot. In this way, the egg mixture and the tortilla wrap can be stuck together.

Step 3: When the egg mixture becomes golden, flip the Bing and heat the other side for several seconds till it's warm.

Step 4: Spread some Chilli sauce on the Bing. Laoganma, Gochujang, Sriracha or Thai sweet chilli sauce all work well! Add some chopped coriander to garnish. Put two leaves of lettuce on the Bing, fold in two edges, and it's now ready to serve. * Which kind of lettuce? Romaine, iceberg, butter lettuce, or any crunchy lettuce you like!

EggBing

柏林警局半日游

2019年冬天,我去德国旅游。计划是前几天自己一个人在柏林到处转转,之后坐大巴去Dresden找耗哥玩。

在柏林住的是Charlottenburg 附近男女混宿的青旅,类似宿舍上下床的配置,10人一间,共用一个卫生间及衣橱。旅游开始的第二天,起床后隔壁床的人跟我搭讪我就回了两句,结果此人从行李箱掏出一盒费列罗和几个Mars巧克力拿给我并紧紧握住我的脖子后方,亲了我的脸。此时房间里并无他人,脖子被握住我感觉很危险,就拿起费列罗的盒子使劲打了他的头。然后他骂骂咧咧地把行李箱收拾好去退房了。我坐在床上手足无措,拼命地给朋友们发消息,担心被报复,但最后还是决定去报警。

等他退房之后大概又过了半小时,我收拾好行李,揭下贴在他床头的写着名字和床位的卡片,去找了前台,申请换成female only的房间。前台帮我报了警并复印了那人的护照信息。大概过了十分钟,来了两位人高马大全副武装的男警员。他们二人请我陈述了事情的全过程,简单地记录了一下,打电话汇报,然后跟我说,我可以跟他们去警察局做笔录,并且请了专门处理性犯罪相关的agency帮助我,警察局也离城里近一点。于是我就坐了警车进城,人生头一次。

两个年轻警察也还挺友好的,一位普鲁士人,一位土耳其裔。问我去了哪里玩,是不是现在对柏林的印象变得很差了;路过柏林动物园,他们说里面有熊猫哦,我们车上现在就坐着一位panda specialist。警察们听说我是一个人来玩的,特别震惊,还叫我下次住青旅一定要住female only的,我说在伊朗的时候也是男女混住呢,他们说伊朗不行吧,我说外国人可以的。警察还问我香港是怎么回事,我说居民觉得警察没有跟他们站在一起。

到了警察局(LKA 1),一位中年男性警察接待了我,并给了我一杯热咖啡。他说他请了一位专门协助此类案件的可以讲普通话的翻译,我说其实我完全可以用英语来讲,他说这种事最好还是有翻译协助比较好。我只是觉得用母语复述痛苦的事会增加我的痛苦,每复述一遍就好像又亲身经历了一次,用英语就不会有那么强烈的痛感。有种理论是说讲外语的时候没有连结那么多感情,现在体会到了。

在警局的走廊长椅上看书

坐在走廊长椅上看书,等了大概半小时,来了一位头发花白的德国女士。不是华人,我心里暗自松了一口气。我们三人进入房间,警察打开电脑录入笔录,翻译开始跟我用汉语沟通,非常详细地记录了我说的所有内容,并翻译给那位警察。因为已经知道具体是谁了,我想象的指认嫌疑人的情节并没有发生。翻译带了本好几厘米厚的本子来,上面密密麻麻全都是性犯罪相关的中文英文德文笔记。想起结婚移民的女性会因为绿卡在遭受家暴后放弃报警,不知道这位翻译经手过多少这样的案件。笔录结束后,警方说,你可以选择报案或不报案,但这种程度的我们一般是批评教育为主,我说没关系,这个事我报了警已经好受很多了,只是很害怕被报复,警察说,你过两天就要离开德国,他应该找不到你。那么就这样吧,我在打印好的笔录上签了名按了指印。怎么说呢,难得在跟警察打交道的时候有被当人看的感觉。于是出了警察局跟警察和翻译道别,坐地铁开开心心去Gendarmenmarkt玩耍了。

美丽的Gendarmenmarkt

写写和维明有关的一些记忆

昨天晚上躺在床上突然很想维明,可能这辈子都没机会再当室友了,就觉得得赶紧写点儿什么东西固定一下我的记忆以防丢失。

维明是我的同学兼前室友,一米八的个子一百一十多斤,每次来我家的时候在我这六七平方米的小房间腿就伸展不开。很羡慕她长得高就不怕被欺负了,维明很有自知之明地说,我虽然高但是瓤啊。

维明是有点“老派”的那种人,偶尔会流露出一种老大爷的气质,可能主要是因为保温杯和枸杞,夏天也穿长裤,和中老年男性常备款洗得有点旧旧破破的白T。对维明的第一印象就是养生。朋友们来家里玩的时候我一般提供桶装矿泉水,因为我自己不喝热水所以那时候厨房里连烧水壶都没有,维明来了,就用微波炉给她热一杯水。秋冬狂风大作,在路上维明也完全不会说话,因为觉得张嘴了就会吸入寒气就会生病。夏天我们买了白朗姆酒准备自己做mojito,维明说,冰块只要一块就好,够了够了!

2020年初,两个室友匆匆回国,留我一个人无比焦虑地住在空荡荡的房子里。我本来就胆小,是会被邮递员扔进来信的声音吓到不敢出厕所门的那种,维明说,这事包在我身上,马上帮我找好了和她的宿舍在同一栋楼的另一个房间。我收拾好必要的行李打车过去的当晚,新闻就说第二天要封城。过了不久那个房间的主人要退宿了,维明又想办法找了她同个flat里的房间。于是整个夏天都和维明老师住在一个flat里。

没有空调的夏天的消夏方式就是晚上关了灯坐在她房间的地上听歌。每次回看这个视频都还是能直接感觉到夏天的气味和温度。

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