(Originally wrote on 08/04/2012 and modified on 05/21/2015)

There are many interesting places at Berlin’s corner. Just walk in and explore.

When I hung out on the Rosenthaler strasse (direction to Hackscher markt), I saw many people going to the lane, so I followed their steps. There are full of graffiti in the walls. I’m interested in old houses recently. I don’t know where it is, but there is a museum. I will come back next time.

I had conversation with the Israel boy a few days ago. How do we treat our country? Except travel and food, I’m happy that I was born in Taiwan. Even we need to face many challenges now, including protest of free media,free talking, environment protection, nuclear power, and food safety. Of course, the flag of Taiwan was took off in London.

We also talked about other countries, like North Europe. Usually we envy their social system of North Europe, but he doesn’t think so. He thinks it is too expensive, but they don’t earn too much. It’s still a burden for them. However, he thinks there is a balance between consuming and earning in Germany. But I think German is more practical. They spend what they earn, and they don’t seek for fashion or luxury.

Russia is the best system that he thinks. It is out of the blue for me. He talked Taiwan is an interesting issue. He said that Taiwan is indeed a COUNTRY, but we’re not part of the United Union so that we’re not a country officially. What about Israel? This is more complicated place. They have an antagonist relationship with Pakistan. It is equal or tenser than Taiwan and China.

He is a Jew. I saw many histories about Jew, and I finally meet a Jew. He likes the festival of Judaism, but he doesn’t like religion. Because there is no traffic transportation on SUNDAY!!! Furthermore, the tense international relationship does. He can stay in Europe or America. However, it is difficult to leave his country and friends. He doesn’t know where he wants to go. But he said he will maybe go to Asia, including Taiwan. Interesting diplomacy, ha?!

昨天去買comebuy一解很想喝飲料的癮,在Rosenthaler strasse閒晃的時候(往Hackscher markt的方向走),因為看到不少人走進這個小巷,所以也進來看一看,四週布滿塗鴉,最近對於斑駁的房子特別有興趣,還不知道這裡是哪裡,不過這裡有間小博物館,下回見分曉。

前幾天,我和以色列男孩有了這樣的對話,我們如何去看待我們的國家,扣除掉旅遊風景和美食,我還是很慶幸我出生在台灣,即使這個國家現在面臨很多問題,包括媒體自由及言論自由受到極大的挑戰(旺中事件)、環境保護(很醜的美麗灣)、能源問題(重啟核電及反核)、飲食問題(美牛把關及不肖商人),喔當然還有台灣國旗在攝政街被拿掉等(台灣不是中國的政治問題)等。

這其中我們還有討論到其他國家,包括像是北歐(在台灣通常我們都很羨慕他們的社會制度),可是Israel男孩卻不這麼認為,他認為北歐消費過高,但是他們並沒有賺這麼多錢,但是德國消費和賺的錢卻可以達到一個平衡,這其中我覺得多少和德國人比較務實,賺多少花多少,不把錢投資在打扮自己身上有關。他覺得真正好的制度在俄羅斯,非常出乎我意料之外。

他覺得台灣是個很有趣的問題,他說我們的確是個國家,但不屬於聯合國,所以在官方而言不屬於一個國家。那關於Israel,這是一個更複雜的地方了,和巴基斯坦敵對關係,不亞於台灣和中國,他是猶太人(在柏林看了這麼多有關猶太人的歷史,我終於遇到一個猶太人),他喜歡猶太的節日,但卻沒有喜歡宗教,因為星期天沒有交通運輸!!!加上國際關係緊張,他其實可以待在歐洲或者去美國,但他說了要離開自己熟悉的文化和朋友,並不是這麼簡單的事情,所以他也不知道他應該待在哪,但他說了他會往亞洲走,也希望可以到台灣走走。這樣算不算一次成功的外交?!

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