Kitajska, Korea, Organizacija, Potovanje, Travel

Maske- a ne pustne

V času pustovanja je v Sloveniji zmanjkalo mask. Pa ne pustnih, ampak kirurških oziroma zaščitnih, ki ljudi obranijo pred virusi.

Odkar porast in smrtne žrtve corona virusa štejejo v severni Italiji, so Slovenci z nakupovanjem in iskanjem zaščitnih mask pozabili, da se nekaj med njimi širi še hitreje kot virus. Strah.

A po mojem opažanju in spremljanju medijev in javnega mnenja, ne strah pred corono, temveč strah pred- maskam.

Predstavniki slovenskih zdravstvenih inštitucij ljudi pomirjajo, da mask ne potrebujejo, a strah narašča. Strah pred tem, da bi si jih morali tudi v Sloveniji natakniti.

Slovenci smo poseben narod. Na eni strani tako prestrašeni, na drugi pa prepričani, da uživamo status boga. Nas se ne more ničesar dotakniti. Umirajo starejši, bolni. Tisti tam, tisti daleč. Kitajci so zaprli svoje meje in omejili gibanje. Slovenci pa tako radi potujemo. Nas ni strah virusa, nas je strah tega, da bomo morali odpovedati svoje počitnice.  Da ne bomo mogli vsak dan v trgovino, pa na kavo in po nove obleke.

Nihče se ne misli odpovedati vsem tem ‘malim’ luksuznim stvarem. Če si bomo na obraz nataknili masko, pa bomo svojim sosedom, prijateljem in vsem neznancem sporočali, da smo podlegli ‘medijski kampaniji’ in da nas je strah. Z masko priznavamo, da smo ranljivi.

V čem je razlika med reakcijami in ukrepi na Kitajskem, v Koreji in v Italiji v primerjavi s Slovenijo? V preventivi in kolektivni zavesti. Pri nas v splošnem nihče ne dela na preventivi, kolektivna zavest pa je že zdavnaj izumrla. Mi smo individualni in ne želimo, da nam država ukaže, da ostanemo doma. Na Kitajskem so z zaprtjem mest, šol, pisarn, trgovin zmanjšali širjenje virusa. Težko verjamem, da se bodo za tako drastične ukrepe odločili v Sloveniji, ker potem ne bomo mogli več uživati svojega statusa boga. Maske naj še vedno nosijo ‘oni’, ki imajo že tako in tako umazan zrak.

Slovenci smo se glede corona virusa razdelili na tri osnovne tipe- nevtralne, prestrašene in brezbrižne. Nam po potovanju v kritična območja in vrnitvi domov ni treba v (samo)izolacijo, ker nam država ni tako naročila. Dovolj je, da si temeljito umijem roke in kašljam v svoj rokav. Do kdaj?

Si lahko predstavljate, koliko Kitajcev je imelo tik pred izbruhom planirana in plačana potovanja v tujino? Ogromno. Zares ogromno. Izbruh corona virusa je prišel ravno v času največjih migracij kitajskega naroda, v času praznovanja lunarnega novega leta. Pa so se jim odpovedali, zaradi zdravja. Tudi zaradi vašega. Zato, da se bi se širjenje virusa čimprej zajezilo. In tudi zato, da virusa ne bi razširili k nam.

Nošenje mask je v Južni Koreji in na Kitajskem nekaj običajnega. Razlogi so lahko zdravstveni (zaradi vaše ali bolezni drugega) ali pa zaradi onesnaženega zraka, smoga.

Poglejte svoj telefon, računalnik, obleke- kje so narejeni? Morda na Kitajskem, v Južni Koreji? Tovarne, proizvodnja, podplačana delovna mesta- proizvodnja v ‘oddaljenih’ azijskih deželah onesnažuje njihov zrak in načenja splošno zdravje- tudi zato, da so povprečnemu Slovencu dosegljive ‘luksuzne’ dobrine (telefon, modni dodatki, obleke, tehnika…).  In zaradi onesnaženega zraka morajo ‘oni’ nositi maske.

Ali razumete, kam merim? Se čutimo vsaj malo krive, da so v Aziji zaščitne maske del vsakdana? Verjetno še vedno ne. Dokler nam ne bo treba natakniti mask. A potem bodo krivi spet tisti ‘oni’, ki so tam daleč in naj ne hodijo k nam.

V splošnem prevladujeta dva razloga za nošenje mask:

Zaščita sebe: v primeru onesnaženega zraka ali bolezni ostalih ljudi, ki so okoli vas. Velika verjetnost je, da bo Slovenec, ki si bo nadel masko zaradi tega razloga zasmehovan, ker se bo ostalim zdel pomehkužen in prestrašen.

Zaščita drugih: Slovenci ob omembi mask ne pomislijo,da bi zaradi svojega ‘pokašljevanja’ nataknili maske in s tem zaščitili ostale okrog sebe.

Torej, kdaj bomo Slovenci zares občutili corona virus? Ko nam ne bodo več dostopne dobrine in ko bomo morali za izdelke plačevati občutno več, kot sedaj, ali pa takrat, ko določeni izdelki in dobrine ne bodo več dostopni- takrat torej, ko se bodo posledice corona virusa poznale v naši denarnici in v našem vsakdanjiku. Ali pa morda takrat, ko bo dejansko nekdo umrl zaradi corona virusa. Takrat bomo  lahko ‘zdravili’ posledice, za preventivo pa je že sedaj (pre)pozno.

Namreč, ne zavedamo se še, da corona virus ne vpliva samo na fizično zdravje, ampak tudi na gospodarstvo in splošno psihično počutje ter da bo imel dolgoročne posledice, ki se bodo pokazale tudi precej kasneje.

 

Kitajska, Korea, Organizacija, Potovanje, Uncategorized

Eight most interesting experiences in China

Main reasons for my longer stay in China were always related to work or study. Every time when I lived in China for couple of months and I had to put a lot of effort to consume my free time well. I am presenting you some of my most memorable experiences I have had in China. It was difficult to make this list because every day in China is a remarkable and bring something memorable.

Music festival in Shanghai; since my first interest into Chinese rock music was established in 2007 and I needed exactly ten years to attend a big music festival in China. My final thesis in the university was: ‘Rock music in China’ but I only attended few small concerts of Chinese bands in Europe. In 2017 I finally made it to the one of the biggest music events in China- to music festival Simple Life. It was worth to wait, as I was lucky enough to have two of my favorite performers on stage at the same day- I was happy as kid when I enjoyed the concerts of Pu Shu 朴树 and Escape Plan 逃跑计划.

Harvesting  persimmons ; I trust all of you expected I’d say I harvested rice, but I haven’t. For a while I was explaining to my Chinese friends, that I wish to experience something authentic, something which not many other foreign tourists had a chance to see or do. Obviously they heard my wish well and they took me to… persimmons farm where the owner gave us long sticks. We used it to pick up persimmons from tall trees. I wonder how many other foreigners had this experience in China…

Kakiji
Persimmons up in the tree

Tangerine scrumping; I still recall the memory on one of my favorite hostel I have ever been in China. Hostel is located in Hangzhou and the rooms and bedrooms are placed in traditional houses next to the forest. Location is really peaceful and not crowded at all. But what is more, in front of the hostel grows a tangerine tree which gives world’s best tangerines in autumn. When I passed the tree in the night, tangerines were literally glittering from the branches and I couldn’t resist not picking up few of them to have most delicious breakfast next morning.

Pogled na mandarine
View on tangerine tree
Vhod v hostel
Entrance to the hostel

Bicycle ride through the empty tunnel… empty streets in China? That sounds more like an illusion. Me and my boyfriend were cycling around Hangzhou and we came to the road sign announcing that further drive is forbidden. We took a risk and drove further which gave us one of the most unique experiences in China.  I can even say that the tunnel which we went through had quite a good air.

Tunel na Kitajskem
Tunnel in China
Short break in the tunnel

Unusual exhibition; have you ever had a kind of a dream, when you suddenly appeared in a dark room surrounded with numerous strangers? That happened to me in reality. By coincidence I entered one big shopping mall. Few steps I made and I saw a looong queue of people waiting for something. I came closer and asked a young girl next to me what is happening. She showed me her VIP ticket for some exhibition and then she called a security. I was ready to run away, but people were so crowded that I couldn’t move. Young lady explained to the security that we will enter the exhibition together. Tall dark men just nodded, opened the bar and let us enter on escalator. We were moving down, toward dark room with flashing lights. We appeared in one event, where all the visitors were walking around with the fine glasses of wine and trying to chat to each other. Many journalists were around trying to capture this unique event, which, up to now, I am still not completely sure what was really all about.

Opening ceremony
Opening ceremony

Rooftop Zumba; I might be the person who entered most fitness and dance studios all around Shanghai. I was in search for a good Zumba classes and I almost gave up. Usually the Zumba was made from too easy left and right steps, outdated music or amateur instructors. I was also subscribed to the news for upcoming events. On one sunny Saturday I went up to the rooftop right next to the Jing’an Temple. We were surrounded by other skyscrapers and it was the first time I came to such a remarkable location. The sky was blue and through the whole day each hour another workout presentation started. I waited for Zumba and I was surprised how many people came to attend it. There were not many Chinese but mostly foreigners. When the music started I finally felt a big relief as I immediately knew one hour of pure fun is ahead of me.

Zumba na strehi nebotičnika
Rooftop Zumba
Zumba in China

Yellow mountain (Huangshan 黄山); every time when I lived in China in big cities, I badly start to miss a real nature. Crowded and noisy parks are really weak substitute for it. So on one weekend we took a night train from Shanghai to Yellow mountain. The train was full and although we bought tickets more than a week before, we could only purchase the sitting tickets. All sleeping wagons were already sold out. To tell you honestly, a night ride in a crowded train with curious passengers was more exhausting then climbing to the top of the mountain. I was happy to see mountains around me but it was a little disappointing that they build stairs all way up to the top and I couldn’t feel real soil under my shoes.

Stopnice do vrha
Stairs all way up to the top
Navdihujoče gorovje
Inspiring mountains

Z vrha

Interview about my life in Chinese village; in the summer of 2013 I lived in a small town called Longlin. Most of the Chinese never heard about that place, but those who had, they all were surprised what brought me to the village in the middle of the mountains.  Most of inhabitants had never seen a foreigner living there, so Guangxi TV came and made an interview and a short video about my life there. It happened so fast that I only had few minutes to prepare for the interview. I showed them how I buy food in local market, how I did the jogging in the morning and how I was teaching kids. Only at the end of the day I figured it out I was speaking all time only Mandarin Chinese. Never in my life had I imagined my first interview can be all in Chinese.

Interview in Mandarin Chinese