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東海大學國際職場實習發展中心---旅行的意義

旅行的意義

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  • 日期 : 2016-12-08

(義大利 Brantabee 實習生 李同學)

P1140808年輕時的流浪,是一輩子的養分。」­­  —林懷民,雲門舞集創辦人

因著這句話,我在研究生活的一片焦頭爛額中義無反顧地報名了TIP計畫,向我嚮往的義大利踏上了旅程。然而,想完成這樣的夢想必須付出很多努力,從錄取後我就在論文的夾擊下展開緊鑼密鼓的準備,包括集齊資金、四處奔波辦妥文件、義大利文密集課程、還有一直準備行囊直到出發當日。抵達以後更是新奮鬥的開始,在工作中體驗過忙到腦子燒壞般連說話都顛三倒四的疲憊、在生活中因為文化語言的差異和歧視遭遇過無數挫折、在旅行中屢屢面對無法想像的意外。這個計畫本身也並非盡善盡美,在很多地方都有可以根據前次經驗改進並和公司與大學溝通、制定細節的可能。但人生本來就是因曲折而精彩,畢竟除了一片嚮往之外我帶來的期待並不多,所以收穫也是超乎想像的豐碩。

在工作上,很有幸能加入Brantabee這間無論產品與工作性質都十分適合我的公司。尤其Tutor Diego及Massimo都非常地信任我,願意給予我對公司具有重要性與實際價值的工作,並不吝於尋找能讓我成長、增加見識、及所有對我的未來可能有幫助的工作。於是我在實習的這幾個月期間裡從小翻譯員到市場調查助手,和他們一起參加過許多英文與義大利文的會議和講習、將整個公司網站從義大利文翻譯至英文及中文、在夥伴公司進行的專案中開了三次視訊會議並撰寫問答紀錄、進行了公司兩個重點產品的潛在經銷商搜尋與聯絡、學會尋找台灣產品的價格資訊與最新的進出口數據等等…是以往在課堂上無法累積的重要經驗。並且公司同事皆相處融洽,知道公司沒有公車可抵達以後Massimo和Carlo更是不辭辛勞地每天接送令人不勝感激,大家也都經常關心我的生活、交友狀況與旅行安全,很開心我的經驗也能帶給他們一點歡樂。

「托斯卡尼人是活在現在的,他們與生俱來就懂得如何把過去拉到自己旁邊來。」                                   ­­  —托斯卡尼艷陽下,p.173

在生活上,學習將自己安頓於慢慢來的步調。在誤點中和義大利人一樣乾脆坐下來聊天或吃一頓遲來的晚餐;而第一次自己下廚,卻發現陽光充沛的地中海食材品質極佳,對廚藝的擔心原來是多餘的,隨便調理都不至於難吃。於是在台灣不在乎食物,忙碌中總是很快解決一個便當繼續開始工作的我也終於能體會食物在疲憊的一天後所能發揮的撫慰能力,美食也可以是生活中的主角與期待。漫步於各地市中心的時候更是發現古蹟俯拾皆是,每間不起眼的商店或石牆,都可能是久遠以前城牆的一部分。台灣的古蹟總是給人很多的距離感,一層層嚴密防護當他們是易碎品。但義大利人是真正生活在古蹟當中,他們人人可接觸、並自由地在古蹟之中生活,不用像我們一樣時刻擔心傳統會不會死去、會不會沒有人記得;在這裡歷史只不過是隨著時代的不同轉換成另一種形式,與當地人的生命緊密貼合,所以依然是活生生的。

年輕的時候去過的地方,會帶給你的影響,是你一輩子的養分,因為你去過,所以你的好奇度會不斷增加,會不斷享受到累積的東西,每個地方都會累積東西……對生命是重要的,對生活是重要的,對於人生的進退是重要的;經歷愈多的話,視野愈大,反而發現某些事情變得不太那麼重要!」    —林懷民

在旅途中,更是有機會透過意外與抉擇發現不一樣的自己。尤其一個人的旅行,真正只有一個人的時間反而很少,因為途中會遇到形形色色的人,除了提防危險之外的時間,一路上其實只是不斷幫助別人與受人幫助,透過與他人的互動看見自己的另一面,然後從每一個目的地再重新出發。這次很幸運地能走訪佛羅倫斯、五漁村、阿瑪菲海岸、威尼斯…等義大利名聞遐邇的景點,還有曾支撐我完成論文—托斯卡尼艷陽下的科多納,另外也趁有機會時短暫造訪了法國、英國與德國的小鎮。發現到歐洲各地的風格都能是鮮明並外顯的,不僅無形地表現在人與人間的相處上,甚至也以無法想像的程度被刻劃在有形的建築裡;舉例來說,與台灣經過規劃,相似而內斂的街景非常不同,義大利城市從街道的延伸方式、地面的石板、乃至石牆顏色的細微變化,都能在無意中透漏出這個地方的歷史與性格。各地美麗的風景更是讓人流連忘返—山腰上壯麗的七彩房屋、阿瑪菲明亮的夏日色彩、尼斯風雨中依然蔚藍的海岸線、夕照下的巴黎鐵塔、霧中的山城和將落雪的城堡。途中當然也有許多失落沮喪的時刻,但是這些慌亂、滿足、驚喜乃至行前所有的準備,所累積的都是能夠一生收藏的回憶。

很感謝願意用時間、金錢與數之不盡的愛支持我的父母、所有鼓勵過我的師長朋友、同行互相幫助的夥伴、照顧我的公司Brantabee、佩魯賈大學,還有給我機會的東海TIP,現階段的收穫或許僅止於此,就像林懷民先生所說的:

今天他們的人生只是在種種子,對我們來講只是在社會裡面灑一些種子。

The wander in youth is a lifetime Nutrient.­”  -Lin, Huai-min

On hearing this, I enrolled in TIP program despite under the pressure of completing my graduate thesis, and heading to Italy, a place I admired for so long. However, it takes a lot of effort to fulfill your dream. I’ve been busy preparing for funds, documents, intensive language course from the day informed to the departure date. And it is a beginning of a new struggle after arriving. I had experienced the strong weary after daily works, frustration due to language/culture differences and discrimination, numerous unimaginable accidents while traveling. The program itself is not perfect as well, it could be improved by former experiences and have details settled after negotiation in many aspects. But it is the winding that makes a life wonder, after all my expectation is nothing but a pure admiration, so the gain is also beyond imagination.

During work, it is my pleasure to join Brantabee, a company that suits me very well. Especially my tutor Diego and Massimo trusted me so much that willing to assign me tasks with great importance and true value to the company. They also tried to find tasks that can make me grow and help me some way in the future. Therefore I started as an interpreter and market search assistant, attended in some meetings and lectures in both English and Italian, translated company website, helped in a partner company in video conferences, searched for potential contractors and learn to find price information and import figures…they are experiences cannot gained in class. My colleges are also kind people who willing to offer me a ride every day after they know there’s no bus to the company. They care about my life and safety at all times, I am also honored to have the ability to bring some laughter in return.

In life, I learned to put myself in a slower pace; sit and chat like an Italian or have a late dinner when train delays. As for cooking for the first time, we found that with the great quality of Mediterranean food, it’s hard to ruin a cuisine and the cooking technique does not worth a worry. Hence, a person does not care about food before like me can finally appreciate the sooth ability of food after a tiresome day and realized that gourmet could be a leading character of life. Walking along central city we can even find that monuments are everywhere, every shop or wall could a part of an ancient city wall. Contrary to the firm, distant protection of monuments in Taiwan, Italians actually live in monuments  and make them touchable. Therefore, they are free from the worry of traditions being forgotten or no one remembers the stories. History changes with time to another form that still closely connected to locals’ life and remains alive.

“The place you had been in young age, the impact is a lifetime nutrient. Because you were once there, curiosity would continuous to increase and you can enjoy the accumulated results everywhere…it is of great importance to life, livelihood, and advances and retreats in life; with more experience comes greater vision, and meanwhile finding some things become less important!”           -Lin, Huai-min

When traveling, there are more chances to discover a different self. Especially when travel alone, there is actually few time to spend really on one’s own, because you meet all kinds of people on the way, you can see the other side of yourself during the interaction with others by continuously giving and receiving, and restart at every destination. I am lucky to have visited famous spots like Firenze, Cinque Terre, Amalfi, Venezia, and Cortona in Under the Tuscan Sun, the book which helped me pass through my thesis. I also had chance to visit France, United Kingdom and Germany. I found that the lifestyle all over Europe could be vivid and explicit, intangibly expressed in the interaction between two people, it is even considerably inscribed into tangible architectures. For example, in contrary to Taiwan whose street view is quite similar and restrained; In Italy, from the extension way of a street, flagstone on the ground, to the subtle changes in color of the wall, reveals a lot about the history and character of a place. Beautiful sceneries also made me lingered- magnificent colorful houses on the hillside, bright summer colors of Amalfi, the still blue coastline in the rain, sunset under Eiffel Tower, the mountain town in a fog and the castle before a snow. Of course, there are many lost and frustrating moments, but all these panic, content, surprise and the preparation before departure, were accumulated to a collection of memories that can be treasured for a lifetime.

I truly appreciate my parents who had dedicated time, funds and countless love to support me, encouragements from friends and teachers, companions that go through this period together, great company Brantabee, university of Perugia and TIP program who offered me the chance. The harvest at present stage is as far as above, but just like Lin had remarked:

“Today their life is just seeding. For us, we are just sprinkling some seeds into the community.”