Journey of my life

By Kertész , HU
China Unlimited Europe 2015My father is a sailor, though my country doesn’t have any seaside.

I was twelve, when me and my mother joined him on a trip, back in 1989, when this country changed clothes, things happened, like never before, and I missed all of this.

Where were we then, instead of our nice little village beyond my country’s biggest hill? We just left the three little creeks behind, and headed the seven seas.

Started at Rotterdam (arrived on plane), passed Casablanca (my first disillusioning Christmas at summer weather), Ust-Dunaisk in Ukraine, sailed the Channel of Suez and after a month on the ocean, with so much nausea and dullness, the ship arrived in Japan.

It was truly shocking for a little girl from the former socialist area, facing that modernity, technocracy, so many shops and things to buy, hot/cold drink automats at every corner, it was absolutely the future of that time.

Then came China… I knew nothing about this country, only that the coloured pencils and pandas come from there, but Iwanted one thing desperately- to visit the Great Wall.

First stop was Tien Chin. First impression was – so this is China? Looks like Russia. And everyone is staring at us!

We looked so non-chinese, our hair, skin, especially the eyes! I’ll never forget this, walking down the streets, with every single face and every eyes turning towards me. They didn’t say a word, or come closer, just stared.
Remember the film Inception? When you’re in someone’s dream, and soon everybody starts looking at you… it was like that.

I’ve never had experience of being different, being the minority before.
After this harbour, came Dalian, the most busy port at that time, I think. We didn’t have much time, to wonder in these towns. Our territory covered what was near the industrial areas of the port.
Not very impressive.

The ship loaded magnesit, it flaked everything, like snow, the yellow see under us was truly yellow, from loess, and on the streets, there was this sugar-covered, little red berries on stick, never knew the name, I wasn’t allowed to eat one, but still clearly imagine, how it looked like.

Dalian, and first of all Zhanjiang was so different, I started to feel real China, it was Asia indeed, the way you read, see it on films, but for real. It was alive, people cooking and eating on the street, funny, unkown things, and they flocked around you, if you stopped to buy peanuts, what was really cheap.

We were heading from north to south, and the distance between me and the Great Wall, grew bigger and bigger.Sad, but it seems, I missed my chance, beeing so close to it, and just couldn’t make it. Father told me, maybe the crew will hire a bus, and make the ride, but it never happened. The same thing happened to the desert, in Morocco.

The ship left, sailed to Spain, and closed the circle at Rotterdam, we flew home, and on the road I lost the little jade turtle, I bought back in Tsingtao.

Anyway, this journey gave me planty of things, expanded my horizone so it’s might not rightful, to concentrate on things, that doesn’t happen.

The big changes of society and economy has passed. Now everyone can travel where he or she wants, In Hungary, people can buy everything, if they have the money, even chinese food is available at every market.

Now, 25 years later, looking back, I guess China also must be very different.
But the Wall remained the same, and that my father is still working on cargo ships.

Advertising

the sting Milestone

Featured Stings

Can we feed everyone without unleashing disaster? Read on

These campaigners want to give a quarter of the UK back to nature

How to build a more resilient and inclusive global system

Stopping antimicrobial resistance would cost just USD 2 per person a year

South Eurozone countries threatened by rising borrowing cost and expensive euro

Taxation: Commission refers Poland to Court for failing to remove certain tax exemptions on the use of energy products by highly polluting businesses

2016 crisis update: the year of the Red Fire Monkey burns the world’s markets down

UN chief ‘deeply concerned’ by military escalation in northwest Syria

Why do medical students need to emigrate to become doctors in 2017?

What if Trump wins the November election and Renzi loses the December referendum?

Germany loses leading export place

To Bing or Not to Bing? That is the question

Trump aims trade offensive solely to China, renews truce with EU

If people aren’t responding to climate warnings, we need to change the message

Coding in Namibia: UN supports young women’s computing career dreams

Tributes for ‘role model’ former UN refugee agency chief, Sadako Ogata

UN official sees ‘unprecedented opportunities’ to make progress on peace in Afghanistan

Yemen conflict: ‘Fragile’ hopes rise, as violence decreases and life-saving humanitarian funding surges

New Zealand Prime Minister opens door to 4-day working week

All for equality – 2020 is a pivotal year for Gender Equality

Banks suffocate the real economy by denying loans

Dare to be vulnerable, and three other lessons in leadership

EU-Turkey relations: Erdogan plays the refugee card while beefing up gas operations in the Eastern Mediterranean sea

Nuclear non-proliferation treaty an ‘essential pillar’ of international peace, says UN chief

The 8 pieces of digital DNA we need to thrive in the AI age

Commission proposes a governance framework for the Budgetary Instrument for Convergence and Competitiveness

Myanmar Government side-lining democratic reform, resorting to military era repression: UN expert

These are 2018’s stats of the year

Portugal: €4.66 million in aid for 1,460 dismissed workers and jobless young

The ephemerality of the public-private health boundary

Two women threaten to tear the world apart

Children of ISIL terrorists likely held in ‘secret detention facilities’, UN human rights office warns

Farmers on the frontline in battle against drug-resistant microbes: UN health agency

Q and A: This is how stakeholder capitalism can help heal the planet

Libyans continue ‘spilling their blood on the battlefield’ as fight for Tripoli rages on

Why integrated planning is key to truly transformative electrification

Holocaust survivors rebuild lives and traditions in Rio de Janeiro

Protecting citizens’ access to social security in case of no-deal Brexit

These are the best cities for tech

5 challenges for government adoption of AI

Easier Schengen Visas for non-EU holiday makers: A crucial issue for south Eurozone countries

Investors have a role in securing our shared digital future

GSMA Mobile 360 – Digital Societies in Kuala Lumpur, in association with The European Sting

As ride-hailing firms drive into the future, who is being left behind?

Egypt urged to free prominent couple jailed arbitrarily since last June: UN rights office

UN ‘determined to lead by example’ on disability rights: Guterres

Deutsche Bank again in the middle of the US-EU economic skirmishes

UN agriculture chief urges ‘transformative changes’ to how we eat

Restoring prospect of peace in Middle East is ‘our shared responsibility’ UN envoy tells Security Council

Here’s how we get businesses to harmonize on climate change

Greece’s last Eurogroup or the beginning of a new solid European Union?

Nordic companies prove doing good is good for the bottom line

FROM THE FIELD: Powering up health care in Sub-Saharan Africa

Amid strong outlook for U.S. economy, risks abound

European Parliament and Eurovision sign partnership for European Elections

Obama turns the G20 summit into warmongering platform

Shinzō Abe, on the right, and Jean-Claude Juncker at EU-Japan Summit in Tokyo last week. (Copyright: European Union, 2018 / Photo: Etienne Ansotte)

EU and Japan ratify first FTA ever to include Paris Climate Agreement provision

Friday’s Daily Brief: human rights in Sudan, sombre anniversaries for Rwanda and Nigeria, and fears of ‘chaos’ in Libya

EU Budget 2019 deal: EP boosts support for researchers and the young

G20: Less growth, more austerity for developing countries

‘Unconscionable’ to kill aid workers, civilians: UN Emergency Coordinator

Yemen consultations have started, insists top UN negotiator

How a more integrated approach could help to end energy poverty

Quantum leap: why the next wave of computers will change the world

More Stings?

Advertising

Speak your Mind Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s