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晚上我睡在RC家的圖書間沙發上,前方有整面落地窗,夜裡一片漆黑,連月光的影子都沒有,右手邊滿櫃書籍,有幾位我沒聽過的作家完整作品集,後方是辦公桌與電腦,整個十坪大的圖書間,我一人獨享。
 
一人獨享漆黑的房間,外加有看得到外面的落地窗,對於想像力豐富的人不是個理想的睡覺地點;我總能在這總地方喚起曾經看過的驚悚片畫面,還好今天非常疲憊,否則我大概不用睡了。
 
圖書間在廚房旁,而週日是教堂日,這位RC家的一家之主西裝筆挺,七點多就起床吃早餐準備上教堂,我被吵醒後就睡不回去,只能窩在沙發裡看書。
 
我們直到十點半才前往今天的目的地巨洞國家公園(Mammoth Cave Natonal Park)。你如果瞧瞧美國地圖,大部分的國家公園都在美國西部(如果把美國從中剖半),肯德基州也僅只兩座國家公園。Mammoth Cave有全世界最長的地下洞穴,目前已有 350 哩被發現(地理學家認為可能還有600哩尚未被發現),有超過250條地下通道,最高的穴道達38公尺。
 
下午一點多,國家公園巴士載滿兩台巴士的遊客,前往這世界自然遺產(A World Heritage Site)一探究竟。剛進入洞內,石壁之間時寬時窄,直聽見落水聲,也很潮濕,等到大約走下兩、三層樓深吧,洞穴逐漸寬敞且不再潮濕,空氣也仍新鮮,我們就像在地下螞蟻王國活動般,這樣的地下景觀真的是嘆為觀止。
 
其中「冰凍的尼亞加拉(Frozen Niagara)」,最令人印象深刻,它像是一條從上頭流瀉下的瀑布瞬間被冰凍,水柱成條狀垂掛在岩壁上,那些其實是石灰岩。洞穴裡頭也有地下河與生物,不過這些生物與蝙蝠一樣,長年在無光的環境生長,因此失去視覺功能,而他們的存活則完全仰賴地下河的供給。
 
這趟地下之旅腳程約近三小時的時間,除了驚奇之外,更對於大自然形成的這一切感到崇敬。老子云:「人法地,地法天,天法道,道法自然。」 正是說明著人應師法自然的道理呀!
 
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相簿過滿,另起新居,更多照片請見>>>Horse Racing & Mammoth Cave
 
Collecting Motto <3>
●有沒有人想過,有沒有可能監獄禁錮的只是無形的思想?能夠酷刑迫害的也不只是看得見的刑具?小學六年,國中三年,高中三年,如果一間間應該傳出學生嘻笑聲的教室,聽不到嘻笑的聲音,應該充滿健康活蹦身軀的操場,看不到活蹦亂跳的身影,那麼它跟長達十二年的監獄刑期有什麼差別?十二年的禁錮會怎樣改變一個人?如果那一對一對無精打釆、死魚般的眼神讓人聯想到死亡的話,監獄堆積如山的屍體至少還有一張一張的照片可供紀念,而孩子們逝去的那些閃耀著光芒的眼神,我們將要去那裡憑弔?
~侯文詠, 出自<危險心靈>
 
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上星期六(4/22)是肯德基州四月份在Keeneland的最後一回賽馬(每年的四月與十一月各三回),這一區的區域接待員(RC)帶了一票交換學生把握這最後機會。我們開了近三小時的車到Lexington,Keeneland賽馬場正在我九個月前抵達肯德基州的Lexington機場旁邊,那時抵達肯德基時正下著滂沱大雨,而今天是個美麗的大晴天,週遭美景鮮活的躍在眼前。
 
也因為這是入夏前Keeneland的最後一場賽馬,整個賽馬場擠得到一種無法動彈的地步,就連男廁所都得排隊使用(一般而言,人潮處女廁擠得水泄不通,但男廁仍從容不迫),他們甚至廁所都設計兩扇門,一扇入口,一扇出口。
 
我們從大門擠入觀眾席途中遇上兩大擁擠區,一區是飲食區,另外是下注區。賭注金額最低從兩美金起跳,贏錢的多寡在於你下注的選手勝負以及該選手被下注的總金額。我並沒有下注(我覺得下注看賽馬趣味可能更勝沒下注,畢竟下了注你才有加油對象),而賽馬繞得那一大圈子,僅有幾秒鐘時間掃過你眼前,其餘部分僅能看電視牆,感覺其實有些無趣。
 
艷陽下,做我ㄧ旁的一隊情侶的男生突然開口:"Nee-How?"我險些震驚了一會兒,正思量著回答「我很好」,但口不從心的回答"I'm Fine."一問之下,他說他剛從香港回來,之前到深圳工作,而且是在一家台商公司,它還說"The Taiwanse products' quality are good."我ㄧ邊想透過他的太陽眼鏡讀他眼睛的神韻是真心還是敷衍,一面道謝;我倒不是對我們自己的產品品質不信任,只是第一次從外國人口中聽到稱讚台灣產品品質(而不是說台灣東西好便宜),真的倍感窩心!
 
晚餐後,原本預計要到Louisville看北美最大的年度煙火秀,但我們因塞車且迷路而錯過,實在可惜。車子駛向一位Louisville的RC家,也是今晚下榻處。
 
這位RC家有一面牆掛滿照片,是來自各國的學生,原來這家裡接待過五十三位交換學生,哇!他們自己也有兒女,但人生中目前有五十三年都多一位「外國兒女」同住,在場的每位同學都敬佩不已。我們午夜左右就寢,有人睡地板,有人睡沙發,共同期待著明天的地下洞窟Mammoth Cave國家公園之旅。
 
待續To Be Continued........
 
相簿過滿,另起新居,更多照片請見>>>Horse Racing & Mammoth Cave
 
Collecting Motto <2>
●When you kill a man, you steal a life. You steal his wife’s right to a husband, rob his children of a father. When you tell a lie, you steal someone’s right to the truth. When you cheat, you steal the right to fairness..
~Khaled Hosseini, The Author of <The Kite Runner>
●如果你殺了一個人,就是偷走一條生命,你偷走他妻子擁有丈夫的權利,從他兒女身邊奪走父親。如果你撒謊,就是偷走其他人知道真相的權利。如果你欺騙,就是偷走擁有公義的權利。
~卡勒德‧胡賽尼, 出自<追風箏的孩子>
 

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那時候與合唱團到喬治亞州時(見Georgia Music Festival I II III),有一天到速食店用餐,校車停在麥當勞停車場,我與一群人走到隔壁的Crystal(另一家連鎖速食店),露天停車場間有一塊小小的草皮,陽光金黃色的打在上面,特別顯得生意盎然;草皮上有三五株蒲公英正盛開,我像是想起什麼似的,彎下腰摘起一株對著它猛吹,那是蒲公英的種子,我正在幫助他們繁殖。同學看了直笑,好像這舉動不該發生在十八歲的人身上似的。
 
那天回來後,我便用心的找尋家門前那片大草皮上的蒲公英,一株一株的拔起來吹,果然一週後,草皮上各處都散落著蒲公英的蹤跡。
 
每每一感到無聊或煩躁,就喜歡跑到院子摘幾株蒲公英,幫助他繼續繁殖。我蹲下來,左手摸著很愛與人貼身摩擦的家貓,右手拾著蒲公英吹氣,看著他們的種子像棉絮般隨風飛揚,然後又快速的落下,便感覺渾身舒暢。
 
距離今天剩下一個半月就要回國,心理感受五味雜陳,又期待又緊張,無形中還夾帶了些壓力,腦子裡的想法紛亂,就像蒲公英的種子剛被我吹起的片刻般,毫無次序與目標的隨意飛行,在空氣中顯得雜亂無章。
 
還好蒲公英的生命力極旺盛,繁殖能力超強,種子們總會找到個新生的地方,儘管被吹到了無法生長的水泥地上,還是可以等到下一陣風,帶它落地生根.........
 
NEW!!Collecting Motto <1>
●With Great Power there must also come Great Responsibility.
~Stan Lee, The Author of <Spider-Man>
●能力越大,責任越大。
~史丹李, 出自<蜘蛛人>

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When I first came to Kentucky. All I knew about here was nothing but KFC. (Ya, I love eating.) And Kentucky sure is the state where got the very first KFC restaurant. Yesterday, we finally got a chance to visit it.

 

The first KFC is in Corbin, KY. It's one hour far from McCreary County. We went to the Kentucky's biggest Flea Market in London, KY first. We spent there for 3 hours. Flea Market should be a place to sale some second-hand stuff, you can find many cheap stuff, although it's not brand new, but it still can be used. Now mankind is used to waste, flea market is good place to recycle and protect our only world. But I'm wrong, most of stores inside the flea market are selling brand new stuff. It's kind of a small shopping mall.

 

I didn't spend any money in flea market since I'm broke. I just looked around. Than we went to visit the First KFC.

 

KFC is created by Harland Sanders. There is a sign which government put it outside the first KFC, it said Harland Sanders is Kentucky's most famous citizen. As you knew, Harland Sanders is the old man who always wear white suit and stand infront of KFC restaurant.

 

We saw a sign which said "SANDERS CAFE", that's the store's name before it started calling KFC. In fact, when KFC became a big company to go public, Harland Sanders wasn't the boss anymore. Because a big company bought from him, but he didn't sign his name on paper. So, he lost a bunch bunch money. That year, he was 66-year-old.

 

Inside the first KFC, you can see Harland Sanders's kitchen where he created seasoner for fried chicken. There are also some stuffs in old KFC stores, such as plate and napkin. It's just like a small museum. The menu here is totally the same as regular KFC, but the feeling of eatting here should be different.(Although I didn't eat here.)

 

By the way, I watched the movie <Super Size Me> few days ago. I strongly suggest, don't eat too much fast food. It's not only a kind of fat/junk food, but also unhealthy.

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↖The Last Supper(Leonardo da Vinci) ↗Cristo de Velázquez(Diego Velázquez)

(以上圖片摘自兩不同網站,請點圖進入原摘錄網站) 
昨天是逾越節(Passover),是耶穌與他的傳道者享用<最後的晚餐>的日子(左圖);今天是耶穌受難節(Good Friday),也是牠被釘在十字架上的日子(右圖);後天週日則是復活節(Easter),顧名思義是耶穌復活的日子。這三天都是基督教節日,學校今天放假紀念。
 
我不是基督教徒,這些日子對我並無太大意義,我想起國高中寫了六年的週記總有一欄叫「一週大事」,就以此為標題,把我想寫的幾件事合併在一起。 
 
春假之後,第一天開學總是令人難受,因為不再能睡到自然醒,而本週是這區學校的「暖身周」,為下星期將舉行一年一度的州考試(State Test)暖身(國小至高中都參與州考試)。美國據說每州都有自己的州考試,目的是要了解各校的教學是否達到教育目的,教育成果是否達到各年級該有的程度。肯德基的州考試叫「貓考試(CATS test)」(CATS=Commonwealth Accountability Testing System),這考試對學校是個壓力,至於學生.......州考試的壓力大概可比擬為台灣學生的「周」考試,至少我看到的同學沒什麼感覺;也聽說了這區學校歷年考試成果都略低於政府所期望(或要求)的結果(真的是城鄉差距)。既然這種考試對於學生的壓力不大,那就要有誘因,除了考試當天提供豐富自助式午餐之外,各秀優秀者在明年將免費招待至佛羅里達州的迪士尼樂園一周。
 
12年級學生(Senior,相當於台灣高三)所要考的是寫作,要求每個學生都要有一定的表達能力,我們練習的範例都與大家息息相關,例如台灣去年「中等學校以下福利社禁受垃圾食物」的議題,最近在肯德基州的學校正紅;學校的自動販賣機將移除垃圾食物與含糖汽水,目前雖然還沒嚴令執行,但自動販賣機在上學時間(8:00~15:00)不運作。很多同學提出反彈,而這時你便必須練習寫封信給編輯(Letter to editor),你要如何闡述為何反對。
 
這星期的第一與第二節課做的就是這些事,而第三與第四節課則輪流執行原本的第一第二節課與第三第四節課。
 
另外要提的是,心理學與歷史課老師這周課堂都提到肯德基州內最近頗大的教育新聞,有一位University of the Cumberlands它原本是所college,今年改制為University,是所學生人數僅約是新竹高中一半的小學校;歷史老師說他們改名的用意是要吸引一些亞洲學生,來提升學校競爭力,而亞洲區的學生若要到美國讀書,通常喜歡選「大學」University,而不喜歡「學院」College的學生,因為在自己的網站說「我是同性戀」,然後便被學校退學。這實在事件很妙的事,因為這是所基督教大學,也藉此可知那時我看<斷背山>之前,同學與接待媽媽為何如此反對這部電影(見Brokeback Mountain)。
 
兩位老師都提到這新聞,但持不同看法。心理學老師不覺得把它退學有什麼錯,畢竟他違反校規(該校校規:在校學生若未結婚則不可有性行為與異性或同性),不過這馬上被推翻了,因為那位同學只在網站上的性向填上"gay",而並沒人知道他是否有發生性行為;歷史老師則撇開同性戀這議題而說:這所大學雖為私立大學,但它接受政府補助,也就說它是半個私立大學,不能隨便開除學生;再某州(我忘了他說哪一州)有所私立大學僅收白人學生,黑人或外國人門都沒有,但這所大學是純私立大學,它不接受政府補助,每一筆錢都是學生繳給學校或私人企業贊助,他們可以全權的訂定要怎樣膚色的學生。(當然我亞洲人就不削去你那種學校)」
 
這個新聞連續在報上出現了幾天,果然有一天的標題是原本政府要撥給該校的預算可能將被凍結(Legislators oppose pharmacy proposal),而今天的是記者專訪這問學生,標題是「同性戀與基督教徒(Gay and Christian)」我讀完後便詢問Felicia對這件事的看法,也特別強調這位學生他說他曾受洗,是基督教徒,Felicia說:「如果它是虔誠基督教徒,他就不會當同性戀。」我打破沙鍋想知道,究竟聖經難道有說人不能為同性戀嗎?(人可以選則性向嗎?有沒有人心理或腦神經科學的專家可以說明一下?)Felicia馬上翻出聖經,還幫我打電話給教堂的傳教士,我們搜索到以下結果:
 
●Males did shameful things with males and thus received in their own persons the due penalty for their perversity.
~Romans 1:27
男和男行可羞恥的事、就在自己身上受這妄為當得的報應。
~羅馬人書 第1章27節
 
●Do you not know that the unjust will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators nor idolaters nor adulterers nor boy prostitutes nor sodomites
~I Corinthians 6:9
你們豈不知、不義的人不能承受神的國麼。不要自欺.無論是淫亂的、拜偶像的、姦淫的、嫖妓的、親男色的
~歌林多前書1 第6章9節
(以上摘自網絡中英聖經
 
我們在餐桌上讀了近半小時的聖經,我也比較瞭解未何基督教徒無法接受同性戀;對於這新聞我不予置評,但這實在是個很多好吵的問題,他已不僅侷限在教育,甚至人權和宗教問題都牽扯不完。
 
而今天Jess因要買輪胎的鋼圈,我們到隔壁縣Somerest採購,路上看到大馬路旁有一名男子,整車貼滿"God Love"等像是「神愛世人」的各式詞彙,手持著擴音器,對著來往的行車傳教,這讓我想起前幾年有一名傳教士跑到動物園的獅子柵欄內向獅子傳教,我覺得這種人有點「中毒」,中宗教的毒,不論信得是什麼教,現實人生還是現實,不會因你信了某教而從此人生順遂,對吧?
 

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「你好嗎?How are you?」說膩了嗎?常聽到的還有"What's up?"、"How's going"、"How are you doing?",另一種我覺得比較特別的是"How-dee?"

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兩個連續旅行,到現在都讓我仍常喜歡反覆流連著那近千張的照片,(我已經逐漸回到現實了!)第一次很用心的紀錄旅行,一連十篇網誌,自己看了很有成就感(大家的評價我就不知道了?),這其實也是為了讓旅行的記憶保鮮,等到不知何年再重返,也會別有一番回味。
 

這也是我第一次旅行還做筆記的。在波士頓的那天上午,當地導遊(紐約與華盛頓特區為不同導遊)說了很多歷史與故事(他也是三個地點中我覺得最棒的一位),我竭盡所能的把能記的寫下來;一大群隊伍中,我拿著筆和小手冊寫,有兩位德國同學問我:「你做筆記是為了學校作業嗎?」我搖搖頭,一時沒想到怎麼答,便回「只是想要記下來」。現在我找到答案了「我想要豐富這些遊記,而不是只寫下『到此一遊』」

 

然而,前十篇仍忽略了許多原本想寫的「雜事」,便加此後記,以補不足之處。

 

我很喜歡瀏覽報紙,大多不細讀,先看過標題,真有興趣才看。這幾天我蒐集了幾份報紙:<紐約時報(The Nwe Yrk Tmes)>、<華盛頓郵報(The Washington Post)>、<華爾街日報(The Wall Street Journal)、<華盛頓時報(The Washington Times)>、與中文的<世界日報>和<大紀元時報>。裡面最特別的一份莫過於<紐約時報>,自從台灣<聯合報>引進每週一回之後,我對它便有些許認識,但看原版的<紐約時報>,才發現它的與眾不同處。台灣的報紙的編排方式通常是A疉先焦點新聞(大多也是政治),再放政治新聞,接著社會新聞,一頁國際新聞,一頁兩岸新聞,最後一版民意論壇。<紐約時報>頭版二版之後,從三版起連著五頁(或更多)的國際新聞,最後才是國內新聞與論壇。

 

這些大報紙還有些共同特色,沒看到社會新聞(誰被殺誰放火誰搶劫誰強姦),沒有血腥暴力畫面(沒有我們的報紙這麼「刺激好看」)。當然或許美國這麼大片土地,那些社會新聞交給當地報紙處裡即可,但我們的報紙卻很強調這些部份,若沒記錯,某時報還把社會新聞獨立一疊,這種新聞沒必要強調讓大家知道吧?

 

另外,旅行中遇到幾位歐洲國家的同學,也不知道我碰到的那幾位都特別優秀,還是他們的教育值得看齊,兩位挪威同學對於史地的豐富知識讓我汗顏,德國同學除了德語與英文,還必須多學一項外國語,之前文中提到的一位德籍中國女生便會四種語言。

 

晚上與室友聊天時,我們提到了「美國人的浪費習慣」,大家的接待家庭都有著舉不完例子的浪費行為,『這個世界不是食物不夠,而是太多人浪費,若把美國人所做得浪費送到第三世界國家,世界上不會有人餓肚子』挪威同學有感的說。到不僅是美國人,我們都可以檢視一下自己的生活,是否太急於汰舊換新?對於食物是否過度要求而成浪費?

 

旅遊後的一週春假(4/1~9)正在進入尾聲,馬上又要回到正常生活。這次旅行讓我大開眼界,我想我得賺大錢,以後才能環遊世界呀!

 

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愛,說不出口?沒關係,用手表示也可以。這手示正是"I love you."

在電影<蜘蛛人>上映後,由於蜘蛛人發射蜘蛛絲時的手示正是"I love you",所以Jacob常會跟她爸媽說"I love you, spider man!"

 

 

Share with you my articleBoy Sings Praises of Bluegrass State
I can’t believe I just got the back home plane ticket information. Time is running out. But I will continue color my rest exchange student life, and look forward more fresh and interesting things.……

 
[Musi音樂分享]清單現在開鑼與你分享好音樂(左下角)
 
New Georgia Music Festival photos now is showing~
------More Georgia Music Festival photos provide by Scott Stephens.

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4/2/2006
Today is the last day of this trip. We stayed half day in Georgia only. The first step was CNN studio. CNN, Atlanta is the CNN main station of America. We can watch CNN in Taiwan, it's from here, too.
 
CNN is a leading brand of news media  There's CNN Channel, CNN Breaking News, CNN International News, CNN Español(Spanish), and their website(CNN.com). They have journalisms from everywhere in the world.
 
We visited their fake report room, it's the same as that time I visited NBC Studio in New York. Than we visit their real report room and their office. But, when everything was real, we couldn't take any photo and we can only see through by glass. Everything is copyright............
 
Before going home, we visited Centennial Olympic Park. Which was built to celebrate the 100 years the Olympic Games. The very first Olympic game took place at Athens in 1896. They have bricks placed on the ground, that you could donate some money to have your name put on it. Than all the bricks are placed together and surrounded by "100".
 
There are 3 water show a day in this park. We saw the water show with music. It's fantastic! Our trip was end of this pretty water show. And I have one week spring break, it's about time to take a rest.
 
The End

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After the rock dinner in Hard Rock Cafe. It's time for live sport show. We were going to wartch the most important sport in Taiwan, baseball. Today at Turner Field was playing ball as the Atlanta Braves and Chicago White Sox. These 2 teams both have ever been world(or national) champion. It's king faced king. It must be a good game.
 
I'm not a big sport's fan, so I can hardly describe you what's going on in the baseball field. So I would like to tell you who's the winner directly. My first time watched a live baseball game was 3 years ago in Hsinchu(新竹), it was 統一獅 versus 中信鯨. That time, Hsinchu was 中信鯨's home game. But 統一獅 won the game. The same as this time, here's Atlanta Braves' home game. But sadly, Chicago White Sox played 2 home run and won the game. Most of audiences there were Atlanta Braves' big fans, so you can see many people left while the game wasn't over.
 
In the game, there's a channel to relay a TV broadcast. Our group was yelling very loud, so the camera focused on us 4 times. I was on the TV 2 times only, but it was really cool.
 
4/1/2006
We were going to an amazing park, Six Flags, today. And today in the midnight 2:00 was the end of the winter saving time(see snow?!). The time went forward one hour, so 2:00 suddenly changed back to 3:00. It also meaned we lost one hour to sleep. So we desided to leave hotel until new time 10:00 in the morning.
 
I woke up a little bit earilier, and I have a friend who is an exchange student from Taiwan lives in Georgia. I called hime in the morning. I sat in the hotel hall and enjoyed speaking in Chinese with Jay until it's almost time to leave.......
 
Today is the first day Six Flags Amazing Park re-open(They closed in winter). There were crowd. You have to line up at least half hour to take a roller coaster. We only took one roller coaster, than it was almost noon. At noon, it was time to award prizes for music competition. We got the champion prize. That's awful great.
 
As I told you, today is the first day re-open, so their roller coaster couldn't remain steady. There's a superman roller coaster, we went there 3 times, and everytime the machine was testing, but if you line up, it still took forever to wait.
 
Two girls and I were partner today. We took every roller coaster together. It was very fun. Until we went to a roller coaster which called "free fall", something happened. The machine stock! And we were in the roller coaster. What a ~!@#$%^&*...... We hand in hand and stock there about 10 minutes. Because we be tied on the seat belt, so we can't even move. All we did was singing and praying and talking. Althought it's bad to be stock, but we got good time there.
 
When we go back to hotel, it's 9:00 p.m. We went to swimming. Swimmig is my favorite sport, but there's no public swimimg pool in McCreary County. I didn't go swim for half year. It' really enjoyable time in swimming pool there.
 
........To be continued待續
 
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美國打電話的費率與台灣不太相同,舉凡local call(區域號碼相同)都是免費(或該說是不論打多少,月費都相同),若要打跨區電話,必須向電話公司申請並額外付費,所以較多人的作法是買電話卡。

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After the fantastic Discovery Tour, I went back to school. Everything looks the same in school, or not much difference. Only madrigals got busy schedule. We have a competition on friday, 3/31/06. Practice makes perfact, we try our best.
 
This competition takes place in Atlanta, Georgia where we need 5 hours driving time. Everyone is so exciting about the competition, because it's not only a competition but a 4-day-trip. I put the stuff I need back to the package which I just used in Discovery Tour, and bring a happy mood. Hello Georgia~
 
3/30/2006
We left school at 6:30 a.m. Everyone was exhausted, because we were too exciting last night. I wanted to sleep, but the TV was on, and I love movies. So the first movie we watched was "The Notebook"(手札情緣), it's a touching story. The second movie was a comedy, "White Chicks"(小姐好白), it's kinda crazy.
 
After the 5 hours driving, we finally arrived Atlanta, Georgia. The bus stop next to "The Wrold of Coca Cola" where is a Coca Cola museum. I really really want to visit it, but it seemed not much pepole want to go and I had to go with a group, so.........(upset) We went to "UNDERGROUND" and ate lunch, than went to hotel check-in.
 
Here is a 5-star (I rated it.) hotel. Everything looks elegant and expensive. (I guess that's why the payment for this trip is over 500 dollars for only 4 days.) We waited here and took a rest for few hours, than went to dinner.
 
The dinner place is really cool. It combined restaurant and theater. And since you go in this theater, you're an actor, and you have a new character. Some of us need to say, and I have to sing.
 
The drama had 4 acts. Before first act, we had appetizer. After first act, we had soup. Than after second and third was main food and dessert. My character was in a "Gospel" group. We had to sing a familiar song  with new lyrics. They picked a familiar song very fast. But, for me, the song was the first time I ever listened.
 
3/31/2006
This morning was very important. And the day was why we come to Georgia. That's right! It's competiton time. We sang 3 songs the same as the adjudication (See Adjudication) and a new song. Our voice was pretty(the judgment said that, too), I believed we did it well.
 
In the afternoon, we visited the world largest aquarium(同台灣<海洋生態教育館>) where just opened last november. This was the very first time I visited aquarium. We saw a bunch of different underwater animals. I had no time let my eyes take a rest.
 
Our group dinner tonight was in Hard Rock Cafe. The same as I introduced in New York and Louisville. It's a cool restaurant and they keep playing rock music. Every Hard Rock Cafe has their own collection. This one collected Rod stewart's(洛史都華) guitar and Elton John's(艾爾頓強) cloth and more rock singer's guitars and their significant stuff.
 
 
While we were eating, the MTV suddenly played The Village People's most famous song, YMCA. All waiters and customers was getting crazy and dacing.
 
Young man, there's no need to feel down.
I said, young man, pick yourself off the ground.
I said, young man, 'cause you're in a new town
there's no need to be unhappy.
Young man, there's a place you can go.
I said, young man, when you're short on your dough.
You can stay there, and I'm sure you will find
many ways to have a good time.
It's fun to stay at the YMCA.
It's fun to stay at the YMCA.
 
Wow! Let's dance.
........To be continued待續

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華盛頓特區的第二天上午,當地導遊與我們同行參觀各紀念碑。與紐約極大不同的,華盛頓特區充滿了歷史與偉人與各種戰爭的紀念碑,平常在美國不常見的「銅像」,在此出現的頻率跟台灣不相上下。早上先到達的是阿靈頓國家公墓(Arlington National Cemetery),這是美國的兩個士兵公墓的其中之一,約有280,000墓碑,包含第二次世界大戰、韓戰、越戰等等壯烈犧牲的勇士們。在此也有著美國第35屆總統甘迺迪(Kennedy)的紀念碑(右圖)。今天在這裡舉行一個特別的典禮,是為最近在伊拉克過世的士兵所舉行的。突然瞧見了一旁的國旗只昇起一半,我一直以為只有一些重大國喪才降半旗,但導遊說,公墓這裡周一至週五都降半旗。我後悔忘記提問「那為何假日不降半旗呢?」

 

接這參觀的是美國第三任總統傑佛遜(Thomas Jeffeson)紀念碑,他最有名的著作,便是在電影<國家寶藏(National Treasure)>所被盜取的<獨立宣言(The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America)>。從此往正前方眺望,紅箭頭處正是美國的白宮,整排的樹林在白宮前的一整塊像被挖除似的。導遊說這是當羅斯福(T. Roosevelt)總統在任時剷除的,他希望從白宮望去就能與傑佛遜總統相望。

 

下一站是富蘭克林(Benjamin Franklin)紀念碑,他是十八世紀美國最偉大政治家與科學家;在富蘭克林紀念碑隔壁是美國第26屆總統羅斯福的紀念園,他是美國唯一蟬聯四任當了十二年的總統,也是首位利用媒體發表<爐邊談話>的總統;他的妻子埃莉諾羅斯福(Eleanor Roosevelt),也是首位總統夫人在朝做事,她是美國女權運動的關鍵人物,羅斯福紀念園裡也有一座她的雕像。

 

午餐後原本計畫是去參觀<獨立宣言>,但因為列對等待觀賞的人數大概要等上一小時,我們便直接前往白宮(White House)。白宮比我想像的還小上N倍,它不僅比我們的總統府小,甚至可能僅與縣市政府一樣大;不過白宮的警力戒備森嚴,除了一層鐵欄杆圍著之外,外頭有警車巡邏,白宮頂上還有游擊手隨時準備斃掉對總統生命有威脅的人。白宮對面有一個小帳篷外加抗議標語,這是位為求世界和平的女性在此抗議,她覺得美國政府為世界製造出太多問題,所以自從1981年無分日夜都在此,迄今廿餘年。我們到達時,她不在現場(可能如廁中),僅他老公坐在這裡,繼續無言的抗議.........

 

晚餐前,我們到靠海的地方欣賞這座很奇怪的雕像,雕像名叫做<覺醒(The Awakening)>,遠看時我還以為他應該叫做<溺水>,不過如果<溺水>雕像放在靠海邊,這豈不成了一種詛咒嗎?(想太多了.......)

 

今晚我們八點就回到飯店,原因是有絕大多數的同學明天凌晨便須到機場。大伙兒聚在一塊分享這週的旅遊心情與交換學年的趣事,特別在此要與大家分享這週總領隊老師說的:「我從小在小鎮長大,我的第一次旅遊,改變了我的一生。」在同一個國度規律的生活,常會讓人忘記這個世界有多大,在你親自體驗另一個國家的生活習俗,親自與另一種族或國家的人相處,親自感受除了自己規律生活之外還有的其他事情,才會開始覺得謙卑,並用更宏觀的胸襟過生活。

 

凌晨三點從飯店出發,四點到達機場,六點登機,中午回到一週前離開的地方。我的心還在飄揚,還無法回到現實。Jacob突然的問我:「你有多想我?」我覺得想笑,又不知如何回答;想笑是因為這問題真是太可愛了,不知回答是因為我很投入我的旅行,充實的生活會讓我不覺得思念的存在,所以我愣了一會兒後回答:「這太難表達了.....」他很快接著「我也是這麼想的!」然後給我一個擁抱。

 

The End

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Washington D.C. 華盛頓特區
 
誠如波士頓到紐約的時程,又搭了整早上的巴士前往美國的首都,華盛頓特區。巴士上,唯一與到紐約路上不同的是,我們有部電影可以看,還是院線片。沒錯,中國城買的。
     

我們中午抵達華盛頓特區,在華盛頓紀念碑(Washington Monument)與美國國會大廈(U.S. Capitol)之間的國家林蔭道(The National Mall)與位在其兩旁的九座史密生博物館(The Smithsonian Museums)。許多博物館很值得花個半天一天細細觀察裡頭的內容與知識,但我們在這九座博物館竟然僅有四小時的時間,光從第一座走到第二座,加上進出安檢大概就得花上十來分鐘,想當然爾就甭提每座博物館都進出走馬看花了!

    

我們首先到達的是航空與太空博物館(National Air and Space Museum),裡面大家最熟悉的不外乎是阿姆斯壯(Neil A. Armstrong)登陸月球。1969年7月16日,阿波羅十一號(Apollo11)首次載著人類飛向月球;同年7月20日,美國東區時間晚上10:56,阿姆斯壯先生左腳踏上月球面並說:「我的一小步,就是人類的一大步。(That'svone small step for a man, one giant leap for mainkind.)」 

 

第二個拜訪的是美國印地安人博物館(National Museum of the American Indian),並在館內享用美國原住民午餐。我的菜單有:野飯與豆瓣菜沙拉(Wild Rice & Watercress Salad)、Chicken Tamale(墨西哥烹調的一種)、芙蓉花果汁(Hibiscus Flower Agua Fresca)。第一項野飯,吃起來感覺像我們的五穀米,但更粗糙些,必須花段時間咀嚼才能嚥下,其中我唯一認出來的穀物是南瓜籽;第二種"Tamale"看起來像粽子,裡頭和著馬鈴薯泥雞肉與蔬菜,這是最好吃的一項;最後的果汁,或也可算是花果茶,我就不知該如何形容了,以我喝過花果茶的一隻手便能屬出來的經驗而言,我唯一能分辨的只有薰衣草茶,其他感覺大同小異。 
     
最後拜訪的是自然歷史博物館(National Museum of Natural History),展品包含化石、古生物、鑽石等等。最有名的鑽石莫過於出現在電影<鐵達尼號>的那顆世界克拉數最大的鑽石--希望鑽石(Hope Diamond)。館中礦化石部份,與化學知識脫離不了關係,碳酸鈣、同素異形體.....,我略略憶起高中課程最不來電的化學科裡的一些名詞,突然發覺懂一些還是不錯的!
    
四小時走訪三座博物館,儘管帶著一直想多看點的心,但時間真的不夠,我一定會再找機會拜訪!大家步行至國會大廈前拍團體照,四十多台相機輪流按個不停,臉上的笑容也以每增五台相機的速率凋謝著.......。晚餐我們到一家法式餐廳用餐,老闆很熱情招待,還端出了兩盤蛋糕以機智問答的方式讓智者享用。第一個問題「請問衣索比亞的首都是?」一位昨天向我確認自己地理知識「請問台灣的首度是台北嗎?」的挪威同學不經思考便回答答案,贏得第一片蛋糕。第二個問題是「請問拿破崙出生的國家與城市是哪裡?」我的挪威室友在兩秒中思考後舉手回答答案,光榮贏得第二片蛋糕。佩服!敬佩萬分!........你知道答案嗎?
 
晚上的行程是四座紀念碑:第二次世界大戰紀念碑(World War II Memorial)、韓戰紀念碑(Korean War Veterans Memorial)、林肯紀念碑(Lincoln Memorial)、越戰紀念碑(Vitenam Veterans Memorial)。戰爭紀念碑上成千上萬的美國士兵姓名,美國還是戰勝國耶,想想戰敗國死亡人數大概又是這些人數的幾倍,戰爭很讓人感傷,晚上來此有種憑弔的感覺,令人鬱鬱寡歡。特別一提的是,在林肯紀念館前的水池,是電影<阿甘正傳(Forrest Gump)>,阿甘發表演說,珍妮突然跳進水池大喊"Forrest Gump!",阿甘變欣喜大叫"Jenny!",正是在此;同時也很有名的馬丁路德(Dr. Martin Luther King)的<I Have A Dream>演講也是在此發表的。
 
 
羅斯福紀念碑、白宮......to be continued待續

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