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四处游荡的艾小柯

四处游荡的艾小柯

My Little Travel World


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Houston二日行


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Houston二日行——2004年7月

 

艾小柯
 

 

2004年7月,美国的国庆节要放假三天。我和大伟打算用这点时间出去转转,但是又不想去远的地方,于是两个人半夜琢磨了半天打算去新奥尔良旁边最近的大城市休斯敦去逛逛,说不定还能在某个注定的时间偶遇姚明呢。

计划已定,我们7月2号礼拜五中午出发,开车向休斯敦前进。Houston总体说来就是“大”。晚上10点开始进城,从I-10转45号路,立刻就要在100米内马上要穿过5条车道下高速,我紧张得手心冒汗,拼命抓着车门上的扶手。在downtown连单行路都有4个车道,我和大伟这种小城市的乡下人一开始都不会拐弯了。那天晚上的月亮是又大又圆,低低的,黄黄的,透过点点灯光的林立高楼,在深蓝的夜幕下窄窄的露出半个脸来,让人觉得这个城市那么的不真实。

休斯敦 downtown

 

按照计划,我们7月3号一早去了Johnson Space Center。Johnson Space Center是NASA三个航天中心之一,主要致力于宇航飞船遥控和太空站的研发。整个航天中心面积非常大,接待游客的只是一小部分。总体感觉是展览主要面向孩子和青少年,以航天知识的教育为主。展厅里有各种各样的机器人动物,各式各样的宇航服,模拟宇航飞船推进器,和每半小时一次的介绍宇航员太空生活的模拟太空舱。这里还有一个IMAX电影,放映四场不同的介绍人类太空探索发展和太空站知识的大屏幕电影。我和大伟最感兴趣的是参观NASA的航天设施和宇航飞船的主控制站。这两个项目都是包括在门票里的,就是需要排很长时间的队。小火车带着我们在巨大无比的航天中心里穿梭,我们参观了真正的火箭(退役后的),仍在使用中的模拟太空站和宇航飞船,飞船救生舱等。

NASA Johnson Space Center

 

退役的 Saturn V 火箭

 

展厅里悬挂的宇航服

离Space Center不远有一个海边小城叫Kemah,沿海的Board Walk遍布了各种Boutique小店:玻璃制品,装饰品,首饰,衣服,帽子店… 看得我眼花缭乱。在一家叫Lost Iquana的店里竟然看到了卖地道中国纸扇的,还有古董食盒,各式的古董梳妆台,木头衣箱,每一样都让我爱不释手,就是可惜没银子买。 大伟挑了一把“难得糊涂”的纸扇作纪念,得意洋洋的假扮楚留香。逛完了小店,站在海边的游乐园边看小孩子坐超级翻转海盗船大头向下的吱吱尖叫,远处有星星点点的帆船。

Kemah的摩天轮

 

中午饭是在著名的Aquarium Restaurant吃的。这家店在休斯敦共有两家分店,其实在我们住的Hyatt附近就有,不过据说Kemah在海边的这家味道更好。餐馆共有三层,里面有三个巨型鱼缸, 其中一个圆柱型的更是从一层直通到三层。每个鱼缸里都有各式各样的闪闪发光的热带鱼。最大的鱼缸有500加仑水,三条鲨鱼,两条sting ray,一只海龟和无数叫不出名字的巨型鱼。每天上午11点和下午5点半的喂鱼时间所有的鱼都会出来,场面煞是壮观。客人吃饭的时候就坐在这些巨大鱼缸的旁边,边吃边看这些闪闪发光的水中精灵。天气好的时候客人还可以坐在二楼的平台上眺望不远处大海和帆船。当然restaurant最重要的还是吃啦!我要了一个香煎雪鱼,大伟点了fried shrimp sandwich。这个三明治比较特别,不是一般的面包夹心,而是用类似墨西哥卷饼的软薄饼把馅卷起来吃,里面不知道放了什么调味酱,香而不腻,好味的很。加上fried calameri(炸鱿鱼圈)作开胃,两个人吃了个沟满壕平外加打包:味道真是呱呱叫。下次来Houston这个地方我一定忘不了!吃饱喝足去看广场上的小孩和地面喷泉玩,一个个的都被淋得透湿,阳光下的笑容那么灿烂。旁边有很多carnival游戏,我和大伟去玩喷水游戏,每人一把水枪,面前有一个旋转的圆盘,圆盘中间有一个小孔,圆盘连着一个可以活动的柱子,柱子上有一个毛绒玩具。游戏的目的是把水射进这个小孔里,谁射得多,谁的玩具就上升的快,最快的一个人赢得自己柱子上的玩具。大伟一举夺魁,给我赢了个打拳击的Scooby Doo。我是满载而归,不过大伟就有些郁闷:跟我们一起玩的都是小孩子,他很不好意思赢了人家小孩,于是拉着我就跑。

水族馆餐厅内部

 

晚上自然是去泡吧,我们这两个不夜城来的人怎么能放过这样的机会好好比较两个城市的夜生活呢!在downtown走了一路,穿过无数条街,基本没有看到有现场表演的酒吧,看来休斯敦的夜生活跟New Orleans完全不是一个风格。后来倒是在一家餐厅的院子里看到有人在拉小提琴,我和大伟进去喝了个Martini, 烛光摇曳,微风习习,倒也很浪漫。逛逛走走,大部分的地方都是比较强劲的DJ音乐,看来也只能跳舞了。可惜跳舞的地方不是teenager聚集,就是需要加收门票并需super dress up的地方,大伟没穿皮鞋,进不去。 唉,休斯敦downtown的夜生活和我们这种习惯了现场爵士乐表演的休闲风格比较不吻合,一点都不来电。不过也许uptown会好些吧。

7月4号过得比较没有计划。上午去了百利大街的中国城买了一堆馒头,然后去老四川吃饭。地道的水煮肉和辣子鸡把我的胃都快烧化了。下午去看博物馆区的Menil collection。Menil collection是John and Dominique de Menil的私家珍藏,于1987年6月向大众开放。馆藏几乎一万五千件艺术品,大部分是现代艺术品,尤其是20世纪以后的超现实主义作品,比如毕加索的真迹。同时另外三区同时展出史前文物,拜震廷与中世纪作品,和种族部落艺术。只可惜我们来的时间不对,假日不开门。但是透过巨大的玻璃门还是能看到两幅巨大的花草油画,我一下子就被迷住了,以致后来回想起来心中还全是那斑斓的色块,遗憾了好久。博物馆所处的小区非常漂亮幽静,鸟语花香。大部分的房子都是single house,每栋都有自己的特色,很多是砖石结构的老房子,漂亮的雕花玻璃门们仿佛在诉说着房子里的秘密故事。偶尔会看到金发美女趴在树荫下的草坪上看书。如果将来住在Houston的话这个地方肯定是首选。没看成著名的Menil Collection, 我们去了第二个地方作代替:Museum of Fine Arts,不过没看到太多的让我心动的艺术品,可能是因为正在举办Latin American Inverted Utopia展览的缘故,雕塑品比较多,而我更喜欢看画。不过在二楼有玛雅文化的展览,很多早期雕塑的风格非常写实,真实到让人大吃一惊的程度。比如说一对裸体男女的小陶像,整体形象非常可爱,圆滚滚的好像动画片里一样,但是跟一般裸体雕塑的点到即至不同,裸女的下体被特意做出一道凹陷。我是头一次看到这么大胆写实的雕塑,又是快1000 年前的东西,很是意外呢。

Menil Collection

 

Menil Collection 大门

 

 

玛雅陶艺

 

晚上Houston Symphony在Miller Outdoor Theatre举办露天音乐会,之后燃放焰火。Miller Outdoor Theatre 位于休斯敦市中心的Herman Park中,近邻Rice University,环境十分优美。这里经常会举办免费的露天音乐会,是休斯敦人休闲的一个好去处。我们傍晚早早的就到了,在草地上占了个好位置,边吃边听。很多家庭也是全员出动,领着小孩,带着小狗,全家席地而坐。第一部分的交响乐大部分是爱国主义教育的传统曲目,中间也上来一个本地电台的知名主持人朗诵了一段歌颂独立战争中英勇捐躯战士的诗篇,看来爱国主义教育的形式真是世界大同啊。第二部分是脍炙人口的流行歌曲,我们旁边的大人小孩都是边听边唱,气氛十分热烈。最后一曲是柴可夫斯基的18进行曲,两边的15个炮台轮流发炮,场面十分壮观。礼炮也揭开了国庆焰火的序幕,所有的人都抬头望天,看美丽的礼花在夏日夜空绽放。空气里弥漫着淡淡的火药气味,混合着若有若无的青草味道和浓郁的烤热狗的香气。

露天音乐会

 

礼炮

 

在漫天的焰火中,我们起程开夜车回家。一路上,在5个车道的高速路最高处,无数的车都打着紧急灯停在路边欣赏美丽的焰火(大伟对美国的焰火十分失望,说还不如中国一个县城的规模,我就冲他吐舌头)。我们这两个小城市的小人物飞快的经过,努力追赶这个不属于我们的大城市的速度。大伟叹了口气说“回家啦!” 嗯,回家,真好。

 


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Warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected the timezone 'UTC' for now, but please set date.timezone to select your timezone. in /home/travels/public_html/blogs/wp-includes/functions.php on line 25

Warning: mktime(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected the timezone 'UTC' for now, but please set date.timezone to select your timezone. in /home/travels/public_html/blogs/wp-includes/functions.php on line 11

Warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected the timezone 'UTC' for now, but please set date.timezone to select your timezone. in /home/travels/public_html/blogs/wp-includes/functions.php on line 20

Warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected the timezone 'UTC' for now, but please set date.timezone to select your timezone. in /home/travels/public_html/blogs/wp-includes/functions.php on line 22

Warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected the timezone 'UTC' for now, but please set date.timezone to select your timezone. in /home/travels/public_html/blogs/wp-includes/functions.php on line 24

Warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected the timezone 'UTC' for now, but please set date.timezone to select your timezone. in /home/travels/public_html/blogs/wp-includes/functions.php on line 25
December 31st, 2006
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