2020年9月24日 星期四

What I've Learned in Pingtung So Far 我在屏東發現的事



1. Taitung is great, but not THAT great.  There are plenty of beautiful places in other cities and counties.  It's not like Taitung has a monopoly on natural scenery. 台東是個好地方,可是也沒有大家想的那麼好。外縣市也有很多美麗的景點。台東的自然風景並不是獨一無二的。

2. Taitung doesn't have a monopoly on clear air either.  The air is just as good in parts of Pingtung. 台東的空氣品質也不一定是最好的。屏東有些地方的空氣品質一樣好。

3. Having your county government located in the center of your county is a definite advantage.  Teachers and government workers in Pingtung often have to go FAR for meetings. 縣政府的地理位置在縣中心是很好的事情。屏東的教師和政府的工作人員都要去到很遠的地方開會。

4. Teaching in one school with over 700 students isn't necessarily better than teaching in two schools with over 100 students each.  Working in smaller schools gives you more time to know people. 在700多名學生的學校上班不一定比在兩所各100多名學生的學校好。在比較小的學校上班可以認識比較多人。

5. People in small villages can be pretty cool. 小村的村民很親切。

6. Farmers aren't usually the best gardeners.  The "hack and slash" approach to gardening doesn't work all that well. 農夫通常不是很好的園丁。在花園裡用 《什麼都要砍掉》的做法不是最好的方法。

7. Chicken farms can smell just as bad as pig farms. 有時候養雞場跟養豬場一樣臭。

8. Pingtung City has a good side.  It takes a while to know that place, but it does have some redeeming features. 屏東市有好的一面。雖然認識屏東市區需要花點時間,但是有值得的地方。

9. There are some really overlooked places in Pingtung County.  I would list them here, but then I wouldn't have them to myself. 屏東縣內有些好景點不為人知。我想在這裡告訴大家,但我又不想那麼多人知道那些景點的位置。

10. Kaohsiung is more complicated than I gave it credit for.  When you get to driving/exploring around the less accessible southern districts like Linyuan and Xiaogang, THEN you might be able to say you know Kaohsiung. 高雄比我以前想像的更複雜。開始在林園和小港區開車/探險之後, 你才能說你認識高雄 。

11. Trying new things is good.  Trying new things and making new friends is even better. 嘗試新的事物很好。交新朋友和嘗試新事物一起更好。

12. If certain friends ghost you after you've moved two hours away, they probably weren't your friends anyway. 如果因為搬到兩小時車程外的地方,就失去了某些朋友,那他們大概不能算朋友。

13. Taiwan is both bigger and smaller than most people think.  You can start again in another part of the island.  It'll be fine.  You can also go back to places you've moved away from - just don't expect them to be the same as you remember. 台灣比人們想像的大, 也比人們想的還小。你可以搬到其他的縣市開創新生活,不會有太大的問題。你也可以搬回去原來住的地方,只是不要以為舊地方會維持原樣。

14. Tourism has a good and bad side.  In their rush to profit from a thing, local people often forget what makes that thing special in the first place. 觀光業有好與壞的一面。有時候當地人太急著利用一個東西或地方賺錢,而沒有看清楚它原本的特色。

15. A lot of what people regard as "fresh seafood" isn't fresh at all. 很多人想的海鮮不是那麼地新鮮。

16. Solar panels aren't always environmentally friendly. 太陽能不一定都是環保的。

17. In many parts of Taiwan red lights are only a suggestion. 在台灣有的地區的紅燈意思是《建議停》。

18.  I don't need hamburgers and pizza as much as I thought I did. 我不需要每天吃漢堡或披薩。

19. Farmers made Taiwan what it is.  Farmers can also help make Taiwan better in the future. 台灣是農夫開發而成的地方。台灣的未來也需要農夫的協助。

20. No matter what the news says, the world is beautiful place and fine for living in. 不管新聞報告說什麼,這個地球很美麗,也適合人住。

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*Bonus points if you know why I included the picture above.  That mountain in the distance isn't in Pingtung.

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