锡特卡的问候

http://www.ydfzxy.com   2016年06月18日   云大附中星耀校区

在美国阿拉斯加州巴拉诺夫岛上,有一个地方叫做“锡特卡”。盛夏时节,当世界各个角落一点一点沉入黑暗之后,极北之地的锡特卡,依旧处于白昼的光芒之中。作为云大附中2015-2016学年的赴美交流学生,我有幸在这个奇妙的小镇居住、学习九个月。

雨是锡特卡最独特的印记。在小镇生活的九个月,几乎每天我们都能和雨亲密邂逅。随意走在大街上,你会发现每个人都穿一件防水夹克和一双过膝雨靴,这似乎已经成了锡特卡人的标配。而在9月初,你甚至可以穿一双雨靴,在街头参加一年一度的“穿雨靴跑步大赛”。

而当太阳落下便是我们这群小伙伴最惬意的时光,每每下午放学就会相约一起走上大桥,趴在桥栏上,静静等待小精灵——海狮的到来,看着它们在桥下开心雀跃的跟我们打招呼。遇到晴好的周末,我访问的学校(Mt. Edgecumbe High School)会组织皮划艇活动。跟随着老师的步伐,我已经探索了锡特卡的绝大部分小岛。作为一名登山爱好者,周末闲暇的大部分时间,我都选择和朋友们去攀登那些大大小小的山峰,站在山顶,以另一种心境,或许是游客、或许是占领者、亦或许是探索者,去感受大自然给予的馈赠。

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和朋友们在沙滩上

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和朋友们登山的日子

今年,学校作为“阿拉斯加东南篮球比赛”东道主,我们迎接了来自不同城市、学校的同学和老师和家长。锡特卡每天车来车往,他们的到来让小镇生活更加充满活力。我有幸观看了两年一度的“胡桃夹子”芭蕾舞剧,并且受邀参加了“废物改造艺术秀”,人们发挥自己的想象力,有的收集岸上的贝壳,有的收集各种不一样的项链,让我印象深刻的,还是同学们的那些作品。他们把自己的旧物,比如报纸、塑料袋改造成一件件充满着现代艺术感的衣服,在T台上大方地展示了出来。课余时间,我参加了学校的表演团队,到阿拉斯加各地去参加比赛。在参加音乐节的时候,我还拿到了一个“杰出音乐家”奖呢!

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乘船去阿拉斯加州府-朱诺

如果你对美国教育有所了解,那么就应该知道美国的课业压力一点也不比中国小。春季学期我加入了学校的乐队和唱诗班,选择了进阶英语2(相当于美国高中语文课)、年刊编撰以及环境科学作为学习内容。在英语课上,我先后读完了美国经典名著《杀死一只知更鸟》、《追风筝的人》、《了不起的盖茨比》等。上课时我们把桌子放成一个圈,讨论着让我们感动的细节,分析着作者对于修辞手法的运用。闲暇之余,我们会一起看电影,一起吐槽电影中和原著相差极大的情节。在英语老师的推荐下,我荣幸地加入了学校的“荣誉学生会”,这让我对学校的管理、构造有着更具体的了解。在环境科学课上,我们研究“海星死亡事件”,经过寻找,终于在一个远离市中心的小岛上发现了海星的踪迹。我们随即决定去海底看看。海底的世界美不胜收,一束束招摇的水草摇曳起舞,岩石上布满了小小的白白的贝壳,要是足够安静,你可以听见它们把壳打开又合起来的声音,像在亲吻。我们顺着小岛边游着,在老师的指导下辨识了不同类别的海星,用尺子测量了它们的大小。经过一系列统计后,我们写了一份报告给加州大学,告诉他们在锡特卡并未发现任何有关海星死亡的案列。报告的最后,我们骄傲的写上“你不会知道锡特卡的水是多么清澈”。

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和表演团队的同学们在一起

圣诞假期,我们来自中国的两个交流学生住到了当地的家庭,为他们做饭,让他们感受到了中国人的热情也让他们品尝到了中国传统的饭菜。

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新年和接待家庭在一起度过

作为传播中国文化的使者,在中国新年上,我表演了葫芦丝,教同学们唱了中国经典儿歌《虫儿飞》,并为他们钢琴伴奏,还和来自世界各地的交换生一起担任主持人。在我们和当地朋友的共同努力下,大家为小镇居民带来了一场小小的“春节联欢晚会”。在乘坐轮船到其它地方旅行时,为了打发冗长的时间,我教会了同学们打“干瞪眼”。最后,几乎整艘轮渡的同学们都知道了中国有一种好玩的纸牌游戏叫“干瞪眼”。当然,麻将也在我的“教学”范围之内。

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教同学们打麻将

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和同学们一起表演《虫儿飞》

短短的一个学年,对锡特卡我已是满怀了太多的情感。

这个小镇的日子简单得很,就是为了过好每一天。漫步在小镇的任何一个角落,你所看见的每一个人都会和你打招呼。在锡特卡,你很难看到有人在骑自行车的时候超过别人。这是一个从来不急着赶到哪里去的小镇。对它来说,营造充实舒适人生的材料早已足够,它不需要去改造什么,扩张什么。它连享受造物主恩赐的种种好处都来不及,哪儿还有其它功夫。

我曾经读过普鲁斯特的《追忆似水年华》,总感叹着他怎么能把时光写得如此之慢,后来发现原来他写的就是锡特卡居民如何度日啊!带着这份独有的珍贵体验,回头看去,我知道我看待世界的眼光从此被改变,我也是。

 

Postcards from Sitka

  • My Awesome School Year at Edgecumbe High School

On the Baronoff Island in the USA, there is a place called “Sitka”. During summer time, when every corner in the world gets into darkness, Sitka is still bright outside. As the exchange student from Yunnan University Secondary School for the school year of 2015-2016, I have been so lucky to live in this gorgeous town for nine months.

Rain is the most special thing in Sitka. In the nine months living in Sitka, I lived with rain almost all the time. Just walk in the street, you can find almost everyone is wearing a rain-jacket and a pair of rain boots. At the beginning of September you can even wear your boots to join the “Rain boots Run”.

When the sunlight was disappearing, it was the best time for me and my friends. We would always go across the bridge, hang out in Downtown Sitka. And you can easily notice there are some sea lions under the bridge trying to catch your attention! I loved going Kayaking with my friends in this kind of weather. With them, I have discovered many islands in Sitka. I am a hiker. It seemed like I would go out with my friends every weekend. Looking down from the top, as a visitor, as a leader or may be as a discover, I will bask what nature has to give to me.

This year, our school is the host of “Alaska southeast Basketball Tournament”, we hosted about 8,000 people from all over Alaska. They made Sitka become busier and livelier. I watched the ballet play named “The Nutcracker” which is on every other year. And I got the invitation from my host family to be a volunteer in the “Wearable Art Show”. This event showed to people how creative people coul be. And after school, I joined the DDF team and follow them to travel around Alaska. During the Music festival I even got the “Outstanding Musician Award”!

If you have known this before, it is not easy to attend school in U.S. compared with in China. In the second semester, I joined the school band and Choir, choose Advanced English 2 class, Yearbook and Environment Science as my classes. In the Advanced English 2 class, I finished reading some American Classic books like “To kill a Mockingbird”, “The Kite Runner”, “The Great Gatsby” and more. We always sat in a circle during our class time; we talked about the details in the book; we analyzed the rhetorical devise in the book; we watched the movies together and talked about the plots what are different from the books. through Ms. Anderson’s recommendation, I joined the “National Horner Society”, it let me have a better idea of the school, the inner part. In the Environment Science class, we decided to study “Sea stars wasting disease”. After hard researching, we eventually found some sea stars near an island which is far away from Downtown Sitka. We did snorkeling. You had no idea how pretty the underwater world was. Sea grasses were swinging in the water, and shells filled the rocks. If it is quiet enough, you can hear the shells open and close up, as if they are kissing. We followed the edge of the island, recognized different Sea star spices, and we measured them with rulers. After a series of research, we wrote a report to the University Of California, in which we told them we did not find any “Sea star wasting disease”. At the end of the report, with pride we wrote, “You can’t image how clean Sitka’s water is!”.

During the winter break, I lived with a local family, I cooked for them, and made them feel Chinese people’s friendliness. They loved the Chinese food I cooked! As an exchange student, my major job was to help them learn Chinese culture. In the Chinese New Year, I played Hulusi. I also taught my schoolmates in the Choir a Chinese song named “Chong Er Fei”, and I accompanied them on the piano. With many people’s help, we had a little “Chinese New Year Gala Show” in our town. In the school, I taught the Chinese class how to play Ma Jiang. I was surprised how fast they learned this game when they told me what each of the tile’s name was! When we were taking a ferry to other places, I taught them the game “Staring at you”. By the end of the day, almost everyone on the ferry knew there was a fun card game in China named “Staring at you”.

Just a short time I spent in Sika, but I feel I want to give my whole heart to Sitka. Living in Sitka, you can always take your time and enjoy yourself. When you walk around anywhere in Sitka, everyone you see will say Hi to you. In Sitka, it is rare to see somebody rushing to do something. This is a town that is full of joyful atmosphere. Sitka has everything for a person to live comfortably already, so it doesn’t need to change or to expand. It teaches you to know who you are.

I read “Remembrance of things past” by Marcel Proust before. I was amazed how he could describe the time as so slow. After living in Sitka, I realized he was writing about how Sitka people spend their time! With this unique and imponderable experience, looking back, I know that my view of the world will be changed forever, so will I.

 

供稿部门:高一年级

撰稿人: 高耀悦