The City

The City

You said: “I’ll go to another country, go to another shore, find another city better than this one."
— The city, C. P. CAVAFY
 
 
一九九五年十二月十日,农历十月十九日,一个雪天,我生在徐州,一个有山有水的小城市。童年对这座城市的印象源自家旁种满了法国梧桐的街道,王陵路。夏天一到,大大的梧桐叶遮住了似火的太阳,我经常随着外公外婆去树下散步。再后来居住过的南京和上海也一样是被法桐堆起来的城市。所以我一直觉得,有梧桐树的城市很美。
December 10th,1995, a snowy day, I was born in Xuzhou, a small city with lots of hills and lakes. In my childhood, my impression of this city came from a road full of London planes, Wangling Road. During summer time, the leaves blocked the intense sunshine. I always walked with my grandparents along that road. Since then, I love every city with London planes because they look stunning.
Xuzhou, China, 2016

Xuzhou, China, 2016

 
Xuzhou, China, 2018

Xuzhou, China, 2018

 

高中时,曾在英国短暂的停留过,伦敦和曼彻斯特曾是我魂牵梦绕的地方,只是那里没有遮天蔽日的梧桐。湿冷的天气虽然有些恼人,但更容易让人冷静。从那时起,我爱上了在雨天泡茶看书,爱上了逛博物馆和艺术馆。英国的城市虽千篇一律,但一砖一瓦都令人着迷。

I once stayed shortly in the U.K. during my high school. London and Manchester were my favorite cities then. However, they don't have many London planes.  
Manchester, UK, 2012

Manchester, UK, 2012

 

再后来,大学的我来到了北京,中国的首都,是万千人向往的大城市。只是我不喜欢。厌倦了喧嚣和叨扰的我逃离到了芬兰。我生活在一个叫做于韦斯屈莱的城市,那里的雪从11月下到来年的4月。我住的地方在森林里,不远处的湖是看北极光的好地方。在那里我认识了许多有趣的灵魂。我曾放下了胆怯,在零下30度的冰天雪地里跳入了北冰洋,那种刺激是无法用言语去表达的。以至于现在的我回想起来,那时如同闯入了一个童话世界。一切都是纯净的,美好的。

Helsinki, Finland, 2017

Helsinki, Finland, 2017

 
 
Helsinki, Finland, 2017

Helsinki, Finland, 2017

现在,我生活在亚特兰大,美国。学校里有来着世界各地的人,仿佛涨了许多见识。我的生活也变得越来越有规律,上课写作业睡觉。只是总觉得少了些什么。最快乐的时候便是梦到了曾经待过的城市,梦见那些树,水,建筑和那些人。我想回去再好好地给他们拍拍照。

 
 
Savannah, US, 2018

Savannah, US, 2018

 
You won’t find a new country, won’t find another shore.This city will always pursue you.
— The city, C. P. CAVAFY