Give and Gift 路途中的分享,交換,禮物

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The backpack was 10 kg, I don’t work-out, it’s too much for me. But I can’t leave these love behind, I reluctant to give away clothes I brought from Taiwan. Some souvenirs I bought on the way. Some tuffs I put in my backpack I hang it out, someone said I’m more and more like a tramp. Only people who yearn for the past get more burden.

To give

The only thing I regret on the travel is I didn’t bring souvenirs that present Taiwan or myself. Pineapple cake, candied fruit or cookies. I thought I want to be free. It became to be worried in all travel, what I can offer to people? When I meet some people who are lazy to cook, I tried to make Taiwanese food. Like tomato egg soup, fried carrot with egg, pickled cucumber, fried rice. You ask me these dishes are present Taiwan? It’s not that easy. Except for meat, some area is lack of vegetables, I could only found onion, cucumber, eggs and tomato. It’s even rare to find green leaves like cabbage. The most convenient to bring for long-term travel should be tea leaves. People around the world drink tea, especially businessmen traded tea on the ancient silk road. Taiwanese’s favourite milk tea is not common at all. When I stayed with Irani’s family, they had milk and black tea, but they have never ever mixed tea and milk before! I googled milk tea recipe, then cooked for them, I told them this is Taiwanese’s favourite drink.

Sometimes we played games with kids. After games, they always asked for some gifts or pen or paper. I traveled with 2 Muji pens, a blue pen and an automatic pencil. Each of them costs at least 5 dollars. I had had to take out my own designed stickers, wrote down their names one by one, they were so happy. This doesn’t work on grownups. We always have some left of banknotes or coins from different countries. In the end, we could only give some money we collected, people surprisingly accept it. I remember one time we got a ride from Xin Jiang polices. We gave a Ukraine banknote as a feedback. They were all happy to take photos with it. I told them “In Taiwan, we have also our own currency." “Right, right, right. We also have Xin Jiang currency, let me find it!" I thought probably they have money of East Turkestan, what I read on Wiki. East Turkestan starting in the 20th century, Uyghur separatists and their supporters used East Turkestan (or “Uyghurstan") as an appellation for the whole of Xinjiang, or for a future independent state. I was surprised and asked to take a look. Then two polices took out RMB with Mao on it. Somehow, I got two banknotes for free, even I didn’t expect to collect it.

Play hard with kids definitely a good feedback in the trip. When we face to adult, answer each of their questions to meet their own curiosity, some people can practice English, some people can know what happened in other countries, a sincere exchange is important, but next time I will seriously bring Taiwan high mountain tea out.

Gift

I got lots of gifts on the road, here are gifts I put in my backpack and traveled a thousand miles, some of them I gave it away.

Chinese decoration with 3 bells:  From an Indian-Malaysian friend, AJ, he came to Beijing attend to a wedding. The size is similar to rice dumpling. It became a tool for camping to prevent strangers take away our stuff.

Green and white Kyrgyz yurt shape box: Our second couch-surfing host in Kyrgyzstan gave us. I got it in the car. I was worried about it might occupy too much space in my bag, then I put more gifts in this box. I asked him, what’s the meaning of the symbol on Kyrgyz flag? He said, When you look at the roof in the yurts, there is double cross, this is the symbol.

Golden clip large earrings & 2 cubes of perfume: A Turkish mom at the beach invited us to her home to stay one night. Next day before we leave, she took me to a table and took out some stuff for me, underwears, 2 cubes of perfume, earrings. Why did she give me underwears? (probably she found out…) and two sandwiches.

Spinner: When I was in a truck in Turkey, I saw this spinner with a different shape that I’ve never seen before, I wanted to play it, then, the truck driver said: “You can take it with you."

Cheese balls in a plastic bag: Local product in Kyrgyzstan. They make milk into a sphere shape, it tastes very salty and strong cheesy.  I couldn’t eat it in short time. It’s from a man who picked up us.

Golden bracelet: I had really fun with a group of kids at Pamir, they didn’t want us to leave, they asked to exchange gifts. The next day 2 girls brought us a bag of cherry, a bracelet, a made-in-China towel, I only gave them stickers and chocolate, I also gave a pair of earrings which I bought in Japan, but I didn’t use it this whole trip.

Photo: A host in Iran, he said he likes to exchange gifts with couchsurfers, especially foreign currency. I gave him a Taiwanese coin and other coins, then he let me picked one photo. I think only in the Islamic world, female wear hair scarf and long sleeve walk into the sea.

Shoes and 2 scarfs: Ali’s mom took me as a daughter I think. She saw me wearing a scarf with creases and discoloration, actually I bought it only because of it’s cheap in a second-hand shop in Kyrgyzstan. She asked me maybe I want to try something different, I said yes, then she took out 2 scarves. The red one really suits me. I thought I will wear it during my stay, can’t believe she gave it to me, and a pair of cleaned used shoes. I really hope this is not Taarof! In the last day, she showed me one blue ceramics teapot, she wanted to give it to me. This is so interesting! Of course, I rejected her “No, Thanks."

There’s one sitar accessories, some warm clothes, lots of food and water, and those families who offer us a ride, a stay, and shower.


 

背包已經十公斤了,對不愛健身的我來說那真的太多,但人們不停塞給我的愛又無法放下,從台灣帶的衣物也不捨割出,再加上幾樣為自己買的禮物,然後把原本放在包內的掛在包外,有人說真是越來越像流浪漢,大概只有戀舊的人包裡才會多一份沉重。

交換

Taiwanese dishes 台灣料理旅行時我最後悔的一件事就是沒有帶著代表台灣或自己的伴手禮,鳳梨酥、蜜餞、餅乾,自以為瀟灑就空手出門,到最後一整路都在煩惱我能給予別人什麼回饋,到懶煮飯的人家裡,我能煮就盡量煮台灣料理,不外乎是番茄蛋花湯、紅蘿蔔炒蛋、醃黃瓜、炒飯,不要問我這些怎可以代表台灣料理,其實沒有那麼簡單的,除了肉,有些蔬菜貧乏的地區只能找到洋蔥、小黃瓜、雞蛋、番茄,偶爾唯一常見的葉菜類是高麗菜,就不得了了。長途旅行最方便攜帶的應該是茶葉,全世界的人都喝茶,特別是古絲路商人一定帶著茶的吧,但是台灣人愛喝的奶茶也不是到處都有,像是在伊朗人家裡,有紅茶有牛奶,他們卻不曾將兩樣混一起,我上網查了一下煮奶茶的方法,煮一煮就說這是台灣人愛喝的奶茶!

有時候跟小朋友玩,玩一玩他們就深情的說能給我們一些禮物或者是筆或者是白紙嗎,然後我帶的唯二兩支筆是muji藍筆與自動鉛筆,一支上百塊,只好拿出旅行前自己設計的貼紙,在上面一一寫下他們的名字,他們就樂翻天,但是這套對大人不管用,一路走過的國家總會剩下幾張鈔票或硬幣,最後只能送出蒐集的錢,大家收到也覺得很新奇,記得一次被新疆的年輕警察載到終點,我們送出了烏克蘭鈔票,他們很開心的跟鈔票拍了合照,我說「台灣也有台灣的貨幣哦。」「有有有,我們也有新疆的錢,我找給你們!」我心想,該不會他們有在維基百科上面讀到以前新疆獨立建國的東土耳其國在短短一個月內發行的貨幣,我驚訝的說我要看,然後警察拿出來的是印著毛澤東的人民幣,然後不知怎地,我從來不缺蒐集人民幣就拿到了兩張紙鈔。

盡責與小朋友玩絕對是在旅行中能付出的一種,面對成人時則認真回答他們的每個問題,滿足各自的好奇心,有人能夠練習英文,有人能夠知道別的國家發生的事,誠心交流很重要,但下次我還是會認真帶包高山茶出走。

 

Black tea in Iran

 


禮物

我得到的東西太多太多了,這裡是我放進背包裡然後走了幾千公里的禮物,還有些,在路上又轉讓給別人的。


三個鈴鐺的中國吊飾:是個印裔馬來人AJ到北京參加朋友婚禮送我的,它跟粽子差不多大,最後我們拿來當作野外露營時來警示陌生人闖入的工具。

綠白色的吉爾吉斯帳篷置物盒:我們在吉爾吉斯第二個沙發衝浪主,在我們一上車時就送了這個,原本也擔心它有點大,就拿來放其他的禮物啦,那時候我問為什麼吉爾吉斯坦的國旗符號是那樣呢,他說在帳棚裡面往屋頂看會有兩個交叉桿子,就是那個圖案。

金色夾式大耳環&小管香水:土耳其的一個媽媽在海邊時收留我們去她家住一晚,隔天臨走時他把我叫到一個桌子前,拿出一堆東西給我,有內衣褲、兩管香水、金色耳環,為什麼是內衣褲呢?(大概是她發現了?)

指尖陀螺:在土耳其的一台卡車上,我看到這個指尖陀螺覺得他長得一點點不太一樣就拿起來玩了,然後司機就說「送你。」

塑膠袋裡的濃縮起士球:算是吉爾吉斯坦的特產吧,他們將鮮乳製成球狀,很鹹很濃的起士味,無法一次吃完,是一次搭便車的大叔買給我們的。

金色手環:在帕米爾跟小朋友玩得太開心,他們捨不得我們走,說要交換禮物,隔天兩個女孩送來一袋櫻桃和手環還有中國製毛巾,而我最後只能拿出貼紙和巧克力,然後把我一路上沒戴到的日本買的耳環送給女孩。

相片:在伊朗一個沙發主,他說他也常跟沙發衝浪的人交換禮物特別是國外的錢幣,我給他台幣和其他硬幣,然後他讓我選一張照片,大概只有在伊斯蘭教的世界裡,才有女生這樣戴著頭巾和長袖走進海裡。

鞋子和兩條圍巾:阿里的媽媽大概把我當女兒一樣了,他看到我圍一個皺皺又退色的頭巾,其實那是在吉爾吉斯坦的二手店隨意買的,他問我想不想換條看看,我說好啊,然後他拿出兩條,紅色的最適合我,我以為只是讓我試戴,沒想到她讓我帶走,還塞了一雙很乾淨的二手鞋,希望她這一切不是Taarof啊,而在最後一天要走時,她還拿出一個藍色陶瓷茶壺問我要不要帶走,我覺得她實在太有趣了!當然我說不用了謝謝。

還有一個西塔琴吊飾、保暖衣物,還有很多吃不完的食物和水,還有那些載我們一程讓我們睡一覺和洗澡的人家。

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