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    膠事遊記:一千Yen的神奇旅程

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    The Journey of a 1000-yen note, A story of Wikimania
    一千Yen的神奇旅程

     

    EZE Airport of Buenos Aires, Argentina, August 2009
    2009年8月 – 阿根廷布宜諾斯艾利斯「皮斯塔里尼部長」國際機場

     

    A group of five just shared a taxi from the downtown, and they try to settle the fare. A Japanese told a guy from Hong Kong, he was running out of peso.

    一班遊客一齊坐的士到達機場,拆數之際,日本遊客忽然發覺手上阿根廷披索不足,今次pk了。

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    The Hongkonger replied,
    “Do you have Yen?
    It is more easy to get Hong Kong Dollars from Yen in Hong Kong.
    Nobody recognised Peso in Hong Kong, I think.”

    而同行香港遊客表示:
    「你手上有無日圓?找日圓更方便,香港應該無人認得阿根廷披索。」

     

    So the bill was settled with a 1000-yen note. And the note travelled through DC, then Chicago, and arrived in Hong Kong. It stayed in the Hongkonger’s wallet for several years.

    因此,一張1000日圓鈔票就解決了日本人的J數。而這張鈔票就漂洋過海,經華盛頓及芝加哥,抵達香港,天皇萬歲。

     

     

    A Ramen Store in Shinjuku, Tokyo, August 2012
    2012年8月 – 日本東京新宿某拉麵店

     

    The Hong Kong guy went to Tokyo, as a stop over on his way to Washington DC, for the same event he attended 3 years ago in Argentina.

    香港旅客再次出發去美洲,這次去華府中途停日本,打算買幾包薯條三兄弟或白痴戀人過下口癮。這次去美國他也是出席一個會議,是3年前那個在阿根廷的同一個會議。

     

    He realised, his friend had given him 1000 yen that he has not yet spent, so he took the bill along with him. He even took a photo with Instagram shortly before taking off at Hong Kong Airport.

    出發前,他醒起1000日圓仍在手上,期間日圓升值少許,於是帶同上路。香港人習慣出發前影影藍色告示牌,順手開個玩笑影1000日圓入鏡。

     

    His Japanese friend saw the photo online, and he was “so thrilled to see the journey of money…!”
    日本仔見到1000日圓,就留個comment「見到張銀紙去咁多地方真係好開心!うれしいです!!」

     

    And the 1000-yen note eventually end up in the vending machine of the Ramen Store in Shinjuku, returning to its “Home country”, after 2 complete trans-pacific journeys.

    最後1000日圓被新宿某某拉麵售票機吞落肚,在兩次環太平洋旅程之後,細菌學家野口英世回歸東洋祖國。

     

    The event connecting this Yen bill and these two young gentlemen, is Wikimania, the Global Wikipedia Conference. And this year the conference will be in Hong Kong, and I confess the Hong Kong guy is actually myself, and I am taking sort of leading role of this year conference.

    正如很多故事一樣,這個香港朋友,就係我本人。何解有這樣一段故事?因為我同日本人,以至近千個旅客,每年都去維基百科和其他維基計劃的會議,即Wikimania維基媒體國際會議。而今年8月7至11日,香港將主辦這個會議。

     

     

    We cannot imagine how people can get together in a place for a cause, from all over the world just two decades ago. Besides the meaningful sessions, I am always fascinated about how people react and communicate with each other among the great mix of people during Wikimania.

    沒有近二十年來互聯網的發展,依賴義工來運作的維基百科不會吸引到全球超過90個國家近1000人,每年抽幾天時間為了一個理想,特地自費到某某地點開會交流。坐在電腦前的數據交流可能虛無飄渺,1000日圓的小故事就顯示了這些來自完全不同背景的人,互相交流下可以無無端端擦出甚麼故事,甚至是異國戀曲。

     

    This little story about a yen note, is the most magical experience about the conference, as well as the Wikimedia movement. So come to join Wikimania Hong Kong, to start your wonderful experience with Wikipedia, and probably this would be the only Wikimania in town during our lifetime. Carpe diem and go register as a Volunteer for the conference!

    今年八月,你也可以在香港發現你的1000日圓小故事,結識來自外地的朋友。維基年會每年在不同洲份不同國家舉行,我們無法預計這會議會否重返香港--別錯失良機。Carpe diem--及時行樂,登記做義工,參加盛會!

     

    【寰雨膠事錄 Gaus.ee】 地球上最強國際新聞及國際舊聞放送會社
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