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登長城識好漢

時值零八北京奧運,開幕前兩個月,我也去湊湊熱鬧。

第一次登長城的時候,結識了4個內地大學生。
他們都非常熱情,看見我自己孤獨一個,就邀請我跟他們同遊。
大概是內地的教育關係,他們對中國歷史都很熟悉的。
其中一個男的,大我一年,並不是讀歷史,
但他竟然連長城修葺的年份都可以很仔細地告訴我,
我們一邊走,他就一邊講解,
到了他的女朋友終於留意到我茫然的表情,
她終於叫停了他。
而我只好坦白承認中學三年的歷史知識,都不知道那裡去了…

當我看到他遇上一些外國遊客的時候,
他二話不說就上前用不太流利的英語上前攀談,
oh my god ,在我心目中,他們不應該是這樣,
就連一個衣衫不整的中年男人都可以跟外籍型男yes一句no一句,
而我這個學英文的卻呆呆地望住他們,
當然,最後我都加入了他們的對話,
但這個是他們給我的膽量,不是我與生俱來的。
機會是自己爭取的。

下城的時候,他們都買了”到了長城”紀念品,
我一來為了省錢,二來不想增加負擔,三來實在沒有與趣,
所以我就站着看..
此時周吉(就是唯一的一個女孩)手上多了一頂既可以是帽,又可以是花瓶的紙藝品。
她推推她的男朋友(就是那位歷史王),
原來是要送給我,只不過她不好意思,就叫她男友代送。
真是感動到講不出聲..需知道我們只是相識了幾小時而已…

晚上大家一起去食烤鴨(沒有他們,我不可能自己食)
第一套未吃完,他們又再叫多一套
但吃完一套就已經膩了,所以我就打包給丹丹享用。
結賬的時候,我打算出大份以答謝他們的盛情,
但這位大男人就貫徹中國人愛請客的性格,
我說:香港人一向習慣AA的。
他回應:你知道什麼叫入鄉隨俗嗎?
結果我失敗了,
坐車的時侯入仍在想”請客”中學時讀到的這篇文章。
他們想必沒有讀過。

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