[Exchanging Lenses] 【鏡頭轉移: 交換生眼中的香港】

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[Exchanging Lenses]

By: Sadhika NANDA (Chan Sui Kau Hall)

Image: http://www.nextstepconnections.com

 

There we were. Two “full-time international students” (for all visa-related intents and purposes, of course), blessed with a lover like Hong Kong, but cursed with the inability of knowing how to love her— a rather typical lover’s dilemma. We wanted to get to know her, but we didn’t know where to begin. We wanted to value her, but we just couldn’t give her enough time.

 

Distressed we were one fine evening when it hit us like a T8 cyclone in May. We had to live like there wasn’t a tomorrow— like deadlines didn’t loom over our heads between naps, like we were going to lose Hong Kong as quick as we got her— we had to live like, well, exchange students.

 

Upon this realisation, we saw just how much there was to learn from these fleeting friends of ours— our definitively fleeting friends. They waste not a moment and they leave not a corner unexplored. They’re penny wise and pound wiser, if anything. They give Hong Kong what she deserves: a true lover.

 

Taking a step back, here’s my two cents for now: learning is surely a part of our daily lives, but most of us neglect the re-learning bit. Take a moment to re-learn what you thought you knew about Hong Kong and you’ll see what you’re missing out on, despite being at the very epicentre of it.

 

More on this soon, when we get upfront and personal with a few exchange students!

 

【鏡頭轉移: 交換生眼中的香港】

文: Sadhika NANDA (陳瑞球堂)

譯: 王琪 (舍堂十)

圖: www.nextstepconnections.com

 

我們來到了這片土地,兩位「全日制海外生」(辦簽證的時候是這樣說的)把香港視作愛人,但卻不知道如何去愛,這是每個擁有愛人的人都面臨的困境。我們想要了解她,卻不知從何處開始;我們想要珍惜她,但陪伴她的時間不多。

 

這使我們很沮喪,就像五月晴朗的夜晚突然被颱風侵襲。總感覺像是在這裡的最後一天,觸碰到她時馬上就會失去她,就像自己的交換生身份一樣,我們與香港匆匆擦身而過。

 

意識到這個現實,我們也看到在萍水相逢的朋友身上,我們能學到多少。他們觸摸著香港,不浪費一分一秒,不遺漏一分一毫。他們是真正的智者,他們給了香港她應得的 ── 真正的愛人。

 

學習毫無疑問是我們日常生活的一部分,但是大多數人都忽略了溫習。用一點時間去重新認識香港吧,你會發現很多你從不曾知道的東西,儘管你身處她的心臟。

 

快行動起來吧,好好認識和珍惜一下身邊的交換生!

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