華盛頓生活雜記 Life in Washington DC

第一個驚歎是怎麽會這麽熱呀!比南加州還熱!!
The first impression was “amazingly warm and humid!”

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第一天坐地鐵,乘電扶梯快到地面時,回頭一看,驟然腳軟,差點沒摔下去!有五層樓高吧,直上直下,以前在奧地利下礦坑都沒有這麽大的垂直落差。
Super steep escalator at Subway. Must be of several stories high.

我每天回家的方向是乘往“Shady Grove”,意思是“有樹蔭的林子”,不就是“寒林”嗎?哈哈。每天回家時都很快樂,想著自己要回寒林啦~住處附近還真的是林蔭密布。
Love this “Shady Grove”direction, as if I was going to some sacred place for practices.

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老人家的生日慶典很熱鬧,還看到沙壇城繪製的全過程,算是長了見識,開了眼界。
The whole teaching was like a super celebration party. All Tibetan ladies, senior or young, all dressed up in traditional costume. Some Mongolian also dressed in Mongolian style robes. Much joy day in and day out.

110705 DC 002再次讚美一下Kindle。.txt 檔放進去就可以不費力的閱讀,比ipad的LCD螢幕舒服,而且還可以調整字型的大小。
Have to praise my Kindle again. Superb for prayer/sadhana on the road.

110707 DC 015第一看到人挖開波羅蜜吃,原來要把波羅蜜果肉弄出來還挺不容易的。波羅蜜的子很可愛。
Someone opened a jackfruit as dessert. Did not know that it would take so much effort to eat this fruit.

110712 DC 001公車是老式的拉鈴,和小時候的台北公車一樣。大概是很老的車子,沒有避震器,只要碰到女司機,就會暈車。
Very old bus which I took everyday. With all respect to female drivers, whenever the bus driver was female, I got car sick; whenever the driver was male, I was on the verge of getting car sick…Still, taking bus was more fun than taking subway.

110709 DC 052Union Station 火車站。差一點去坐了火車~ Pity that still no chance to take Amtrack.

110703 DC 009再次懷念一下入住時,冰箱裡的三盒巧克力冰淇淋~
Again, great gift upon check-in! Chocholate gelato can certainly be a more-than-satisfying meal for me.

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網上預訂了12:10去美國國會參觀,中午在國會山莊旁邊的草地上看到一排人,走過去看是什麽熱鬧,就看見兩台黑車,然後就是一堆保安和噶瑪巴走來。果然我是只要想著去觀光,就能不費力見到聖者,不知是前輩子造的什麽業緣。這樣應該也算是見到“見即解脫”的大寶法王吧~

然後去國會時,門衛竟然規定水瓶不能帶進去,空的也不行!機場、Verizon Center 都是空瓶就能進去的呀。這麽大熱天的,不是就強迫大家用一次性的水瓶,超級不環保,難怪美國人均垃圾量是中國的兩倍、台灣的三倍。要不是我這麽懶,一定寫抗議信去調教一下美國議員他們的蠢樣。

大寶法王都見了,就不稀罕看你這耗費地球資源的國會了。於是我很有骨氣的掉頭就走,抵制它~

I made a reservation to visit the Capitol at 12:10. When crossing by the lawn at noon time, there were some people gathering there so I went over and happened to see the two Avalokiteshvara (Karmapa and the other H.H.) walking toward their cars. So that was my first encounter with Karmapa. So it does seem that my sightseeing trip always ends up with something spectacular. 

Then the Capitol was skipped because they demanded me to throw away my empty reusable transparent water bottle. I totally disapprove their act of forcing people using one-time plastic bottle. No wonder average garbage per capita in US is 2 times of mainland Chinese and 3 times of Taiwanese. What a country of depleting natural resources, and starting from their Capitol!

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