- Summer Camping Notes
1. Flying over the
In fairy tales, a child digs a hole in the ground and instantly he arrives at
2. China Town——Monterey Park
You must have heard of the sunshine, the Sunkist Orange, and the grapes in
Don’t worry about your poor English. You can speak mandarin here and everyone understands you. Don’t worry that you’ll be eating instant noodles every day, because you can find every Chinese cuisine here. If you like spicy food, go for a Sichuan dish like the slippery and hot boiled fish; If you like fresh food, go to Yunnan Cross-bridge Garden to taste its special cross-bridge rice noodle and steam pot chicken. For Western food, go to McDonald, Pizzahut or Mexico Taco. You may have a western-style breakfast with bread, jam and fruit juice, or a Chinese one with deep-fried dough sticks, soybean milk and pan-fried dumplings with spring onions. Do you still feel unsatisfied? I am only afraid that you’ll say it is too "Chinese".
3. Miss Lebanon and the "Independent Home"
In the Miss World beauty pageant, you can always find a Miss Lebanon. So it is really our honor to have Natalie, a beautiful lady from
Miss Natalie imparts on us the common knowledge of American life: how to order dishes, accommodation, going to the bank and the airport, going through customs and taking buses, etc. Students are actively involved in the production of menus and name cards, the speeches on their dreams and ideal schools, the performance of actions to let others guess their career, and Bingo games. What impresses the students most in the short-term learning is the democracy of an American classroom where teachers have knowledge but not authority and they do not spare any praise. Students can even choose lunch freely by ticking their favorite dishes. When Natalie receives a souvenir silk scarf from a boy student named Hao Nan, her brilliant smile makes her even more beautiful than the winner of Miss World!
I’d also like to mention a substitute teacher, a "head woman”. Even when she sits on a high-legged stool owing to her injured leg during lecturing, she still can see the head of a person standing. In addition, she is a doctoral student in an
4. From Sunset Boulevard to
Driving through the down town of
Walking down the trail along the hill, we see an enormous stadium, with quiet dark red venues and green lawn. While we are thinking that it must be an empty area in vacation, a basketball team comes along, with their olive-colored skin sending out a smell of the sun and their athletic long legs marching in flexible steps. That’s the essence of youth for the old academy. We exchange friendly smiles, and the air seems to be infected with our happiness. Suddenly, some team members start to run, because they see a gigantic copper bear ahead. That’s the Bear of California, patient and dynamic, strong and friendly. Dr. Wang, our guide, looks around amorously because this is the place where he has studied for eight years. Every corner of the campus keeps a mark of his hard-working image as the President of the Chinese Student Union.
How he wishes that more Chinese students can enter this public university to receive first-class education and to enjoy the sunshine of
Poseidon, god of the sea, is valiant. When he is roaring up with piles of snow-white sea waves, the human beings are just like small ants at his disposal. However, the
The sea overshadows the seaside entertainment park. Everyone runs straight towards the sea. They kick off shoes to let the sand squeeze in between toes, to let the moist rise from feet to their heart so that the heart becomes soft and lively. People rush back and forth to get a close touch with the sea. Then the late tide rises, spewing white foams to cover our feet. Not fun enough? Come closer, and even closer. Having detected our happiness and expectation, the waves give us an unexpected surprise. They come slowly and slowly. Then, BANG! All of a sudden, they give us a hug in trap. Screaming is the acme of happiness. Who cares even if we get all wet, and we would be quite disappointed if the next wave comes low.
The sunset draws a beautiful skyline. Then dusk sets in. Mountains deep down the sea presents a faint color like an ink-and-wash painting, while the peak still keeps a warm golden sunset glow. Could any artist show a beach like this? Then the beach turns more and more uproarious. Night is another side of
We linger on, and see two rows of table selling souvenirs. All of a sudden, we see "Audrey Hepburn" standing at a table. She is selling photos and T-shirts with her signature. Though time has carved deep imprints in her face, she is still beautiful and has a kind of gentleness and charm, which young people don’t bear. We are amazed at the difference between her and the beautiful figure with shining eyes in the black and white photos. Then we see she is not "Hepburn" but an actress with certain resemblance. She definite has a young heart because she is selling her pictures for the sake of the patrolling horses. Until then, we start to realize that the two policemen in formal dresses on horsebacks behind her are not models for visitors to take pictures. They are real scenario preserved out of history.
The brown horses are tall and strong. They receive visitors’ stroke in tame. They seem so peaceful, because they know that so many people in the world are willing to open their wallets to keep them. They are not only horses of "Hepburn", but horses of everyone.
It is well-known that the slogan of the
In our childhood, we heard Mickey says: "The show begins!" Now, standing at the door of
Let me introduce to you those fun programs. Nothing needs to be explained about the roller coaster which makes people scream at a voice audible beyond 100 meters. Rolling on the winding track on Mickey’s huge head, it soars into the sky at one time and falls deep down at another. It is difficult to count how many "heroes" almost "stop" their heartbeats, or how many hearts bang back into the chest after falling out of it. A lot of people enjoy the flying pleasure in screams. The boy team members are seen queuing for a ride again and again. Some girls also have extraordinary bravery and enjoy the feeling of soaring in "Rapid Rocket". At the countdown tickling, they close their eyes, and the speed out of the gravity from the Earth invites a collective scream.
Satisfied, not satisfied. Excitement drives everyone to a disorder. Look, the girls are attracted to the swinging Ferris wheel. To swing, or not? Somehow they all get into the cage. It swings people higher and higher, the range becomes wider and wider, and scream rises one after another. Face flushed, hair messy and brain spinning, they have full happiness! Need a rest? Of course not. Who cares about the
We play on and on. Load the stomach with super McDonald Hamburger, you will have infinite strength to go on. A spiral cutting is made on the skin of an enormous
With the silent nightfall, our tired legs surrender to the thrilling and excited hearts, and we choose a place to sit down. It is still crowded in the evening wind as everybody is waiting for the cartoon parade at night. All the animated figures we see in the animation movies will show up in front of us unexpectedly. We are waiting, and the whole crowd is waiting. Meanwhile, the night roses are blooming, and so are wild lilies in a dream of fantasy. Take one and put it beside your ear. When your Snow White princess comes, you can knee down and give it to her. Lights start flashing, and music comes nearer. Holding the hands of Minnie, Mickey comes in waltz dancing. The long-nosed boy carried on the back of a lady beetle must be the liar. Behind the seven dwarfs is the clown who can play magic. Have the three little piglets finished building their houses? The American Eagle is holding its head high ... The sound of parading bagpipes slowly fades away. Watching the night sky in full bloom of fireworks, we think that, for us, the place where dreams come true is actually a place where our dreams start. We always expect Mitch to say, "The show begins"!
Perhaps that is what one team member thinks. She is willing to stay forever at this place where ceremonies are held every day. So, when gathering together we find Xu Jiangchun is missing. It seems that this girl crazy at playing is always with us, laughing and screaming with her typical style, but then she disappears. While we are worrying that she would become a "little overseas student", she is found. You wanna know her “Adventure"? Actually, children are the most distinguished guests to Mickey at the park. When our little Xu is separated from the team, her puzzled look draws the attention of a conservator immediately. So she is invited to the "lost children's center", and when she is eating a freely-ordered supper happily, all her personal information is conveyed to the working staff by a translator. At our inquiry at the gate, the conservator then leads us to "take over". As a matter of fact, everyone wants to get lost at
7. Strolling in
Have you ever lamented on the destiny of human beings to see them trapped in the seas while in lack of freshwater in the movie "future water world"? At Universal Studios, you may be able to find a new continent driving a motorboat. Do you like the simple and honest ogre Shrek? Well, then in the 4D cinema you can save his bride with the donkey, and you can even smell its fart stink clearly. If you like, you can also take part in the counterstrikes in A Bug’s Life, except that you don’t have to scream and hide when the dung beetle is throwing big dung balls at you, because it is only the 3D illusion.
Walking along the road, Spiderman is posing up and beckons at you to take a photo with him.
The most wonderful part here is hidden at the foot of a mountain by Universal Studios. Going down the escalator, two major theme parks emerge in front of us like a magic. Monsters of the prehistoric Jurassic period behind the back gate are a strong temptation to the adventurers. Moving slowly on a little train to get deeper into the area covered by ferns and cycads, you can see the herbivorous dinosaurs move their heavy bodies peacefully, and a long-necked diplodocus stretches out to look at us curiously. The calmness suddenly disappears, and we quickly move into the age of small carnivorous dinosaurs. The current becomes fast and the river twisted. When we move into a cave, the cold water droplets result in goose bumps in our skin immediately.
In the dim light, dinosaurs jump out swiftly to bite from time to time, which makes the children sitting on the edge of the ferry panic. They know danger is coming closer, their hearts beating violently and blood roaring in the body. When the titanic tyrannosaurus opens its big bloody mouth toward us, the ferry enters into endless darkness, and we plunge into a pool down a waterfall 85 meters high at an angle of 75 degrees. All wet, we can not help but admire our bravery without realizing that harder testing awaits us. Do you want to try the speedy journey over death in darkness in the movie “Mummy Returns” to travel across time and space? How tempting it is. Who don’t want to reach out for the treasure of Pharaoh and read the mantra that can raise people from death?
The door of the pyramid roars open. No one shrinks in our group. Flying in the high-speed car which seems to be split into molecules, our fear overcomes curiosity. Every pore is permeated with the ghastly blow. When the muddy flood of
Yes, everything here is out of your imagination. And those incredible blockbusters are turned into games inviting everyone’s participation. Those special effects and familiar cartoon figures are quite beyond my words. So I only want to say, “Come and enjoy it yourself!”
8. Incidents on the Expressway
Expressways in the
When temperature rises to 52 degrees Celsius, we know we get into the desert area. Out of the window,
While we are appreciating the changes of clouds and searching for the Mexican cactus tree, suddenly a car runs past us fast with a woman and a little girl waving to us desperately. Finally they drive to the front to stop our bus. Maybe they want to ask for our help. But this thought is immediately overturned by the driver’s shout. We all turn around only to find the baggage door wide open. My God! We don’t know when the baggage door opens up. Does it mean we are throwing baggage all the way like a planter? Everyone’s heart squeezes at the moment at the thought that perhaps my own baggage has gone with the wind. Fortunately, only one luggage is found missing after checking. Some members are praying silently in the heart, and some pray to God. All hope that their baggage is not the lost one.
The camp guide said calmly: "The baggage is not the most important, security is. We can not blame the driver, nor shall we worry and blame others." Then we have a unique experience –driving back in search of a trunk under a high temperature. According to the clue given by the enthusiastic woman, we find the scattered clothes and one lonely shoe on the way back. They are baggage of a student named Haonan. And the terrible thing is his passport and ticket are all in his baggage. That means if we can not find it, our tour over the
Under the scorching desert sun, with gravels squeezing in our sandals constantly and whirling wind resulted from cars passed, we ragpickers acquire a genuine western flavor. Eventually, the lost uniforms, slippers, shorts and the book without a cover are found. We have quite a “harvest” along the way. You can hear the exclamation frequently, "Wow, look what I’ve got here!”. And I would like to mention the Li Ning brand sports shoes in particular. They remain intact even after being rolled over. One of the camp guides has been concerned with products innovation lately, and he suggests we should write a letter to Li Ning Company, because this is the best advertisement to show the quality of domestic brand products, and Haonan can even be their image ambassador. At these remarks, the atmosphere in the bus turns lively and everybody is amused.
At last the team guide comes back with a smile on his face. Haonan’s passport and ticket-the most important thing are found without any damage. It can be called a miracle compared to that broken trunk. And miracles follow us all the way up: A kind-hearted person sends back the team guide’s lost wallet containing a huge sum of money amounting to 3000 U.S. dollars. A lost team member enjoys a delicious meal provided by the police, and Little Fatty’s stolen wallet is found again.
The Principal tells us, “Kindness will always bring good luck. When we find a baggage is lost, we should not make lucky pray or malicious guess. We would rather the lost one is ours.” Honestly, we are just common people, so we can’t help feeling happy on our own good fortune. But we are also full of sympathy and a lot of team members lend a helping hand to Haonan for comfort initiatively. From this unique expressway incident, all the children have a unique experience in their growth.
9. Play ！ play ！ gameboys
What is Game? It’s a modern way of life and our living condition. Or you may as well say it is all of our lives and the essence of our lives when you see the psp in every hand of our young team members and their intoxicated faces. They won’t even answer your calling when they are playing. You will say I am exaggerating. But you will believe me if you have read the news reporting that billions of people are indulging themselves in online games and keep trapped there. This is a common phenomenon around the world. Then, why not quit the game? Well, things are not so simple.
Even educators advocate the concept of learning in playing, don’t they? Games are actually a kind of compensation for the real life. In games, you can become a hero in fantasy, or you can realize dreams that you can never achieve in reality. You can choose to be a marvelous leader or a fairy in charge of a planet. A sense of achievement and satisfaction enriches your life. So in a real world full of enormous stress, we need a virtual space to release ourselves whether you are an adult or a child. Games are not terrifying flood or beasts!
As we come from
Such a belief is strengthened in a visit to another game company, the biggest one in
10. Whip Your Way Forward
If you fall for Mr. Little Smart who can run guns at both hands at ease and with charm in the movie “Peace Hotel”, you definite will adore the American western cowboys on horsebacks who can make every shoot count. It is the dream of each boy to ride on a high horse, with a blue steel revolver on both sides of the waist. Faced with crowds of enemies, he will just spit out the chewing tobacco with contemptuous smile on the corner of his mouth. Such ease and charm are repeatedly imitated in the dreams of every boy. It is easy for everyone to have a hero complex, but to be a hero like that would be rather difficult. Now we have the opportunity and luck to witness such scenes and figures at
Though as students, we do not meet the requirement to raise a goblet in toast, still we can sit there smell the unique mixture of tobacco and alcohol, or have a look at the trophy won by the cowboys, and let them carry us far away into the past time. Standing on the racetrack, with a newly-bought wide-brimmed hat woven in wool, a small colorful scarf, and a pair of wear-resistant long riding boots, you will make a cool and handsome cowboy yourself!
11. A Feast of Museums
One small step for Armstrong is one giant leap for mankind. Everyone knows about the advanced aerospace technology of the
Among the visitors, you can see babbling children. Seeing the curiosity in their eyes, you will understand how important it is for our development in the future to popularize scientific knowledge and to show the unknown fields. Many science and technology genies are created out of their childhood dreams, like
Have you ever had a close look at Rodin’s statue- the Thinker? Have you seen the painting style of Monet in his early age? Can you imagine the plot of religious stories on Italian frescoes? You may say no, but our answer is a definite YES. We have a close touch with these rare and priceless treasures at the National Gallery of the
After that, we go to the Natural History Museum excitedly where wonderful nature and serious history are perfectly united to meet the needs of every person. Turn right if you want to see how life comes into being and flourishes out of bareness on the Earth in the ancient organism area, and go to the animal area if you want to see species of wild animals on the Earth. Being amplified, even small insects acquire metal texture. Tourists can feel the photographers’ anxious care for endangered species from photos there. According to Chinese legends, it is Suiren Clan (燧人氏) who firstly make fire by drilling wood. But in
For us, Washington SAR is more than just a special administrative region. More importantly, it provides us with a feast of museums. Time is too short for us to sip the flavor of all the museums such as
12. A Glimpse of
“If you love a person, send him to the
A few hundred years ago, facing the Statue of Liberty with open arms to greet them, the immigrants longing for freedom and independence shed tears of emotion. When they set foot on this free and open virgin territory escaping from their own separate lives, they had difficulty finding words to express their feelings. Gazing at the Statue of Liberty from all angles on a ferry, we have a strong feeling of her gentleness, perseverance, tolerance and generosity. Holding high the blazing torch of light, she guides all the people coming for her. Like an ocean accepts all the waters from rivers and streams, this generosity gives birth to the world’s most prosperous cosmopolitan.
Among the rows of skyscrapers in
Human beings can always rehabilitate from trauma, and march into the future from the ruins. The bustling Wall Street is the best interpretation of this succession. Go and touch the head of Copper Cow, it will bring magic good luck. Go and shop in NBA malls, you can take home shoes with
Like nimble birds, we fly over the city, our wings bringing the voice of