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Vivere è yīshízhùxíng: vestirsi, mangiare, abitare e viaggiare
(ENGLISH VERSION)

di Angela Lee Ka Ki, architectural designer gelalala.wordpress.com – Traduzione di Daria Mangione

Secondo il famoso idioma cinese yīshízhùxíng [衣食住行] i quattro elementi di base del nostro vivere sono vestirsi, mangiare, abitare e viaggiare. In un mondo in cui tutte le grandi città sprofondano nel calderone del capitalismo, abbiamo intervistato alcune persone a Berlino per farci dire come riescono a prendersi cura di questi quattro elementi in maniera non convenzionale.

Abitare: Da molto tempo Punet non ha una casa. Nel 2006 ha cominciato a viaggiare?

Puoi raccontarci qualcosa del tuo background e di come sei diventato un autostoppista?

Sono nato in una grande città dell’India con 20 milioni di abitanti. A 25 anni, avevo già tutto, potere, soldi e sesso. Ho studiato informatica e matematica, poi sono diventato informatico freelance. In diverse Università del mondo per 3 anni, ho avuto l’opportunità di viaggiare in vari posti, dall’India all’Europa all’Asia. Poi ho incontrato un autostoppista eccezionale. Ha solo 23 anni ma sono già 8 che viaggia. Ve lo immaginate un ragazzino di 15 anni che si mette in strada con l’autostop? Ha  viaggiato anche nel Kashmir, la gente dice che sia il posto più pericoloso al mondo.
Un anno dopo ho deciso di smettere di lavorare e sono iniziati 3 anni di viaggio full-time, perché avevo la sensazione di essere stufo di tutto. E’ stato più difficile di prima, poiché ho un passaporto indiano, che non mi permette di visitare molti paesi senza un visto. Ho fatto l’autostop ovunque, ho dormito dappertutto. A volte semplicemente arrivavo in un villaggio e bussavo alla porta. “Salve, ho viaggiato fin qua ma non ho un posto dove dormire. Se mi offrite da dormire, posso aiutarvi con qualsiasi cosa. Posso cucinare, fare le pulizie, aggiustare degli oggetti per voi…”

Così ho vissuto finora. Di media spendevo 2 euro al giorno. A volte la gente non sa davvero spendere. In India, nessuno ricicla mai niente; d’altra parte in Romania gli zingari mangiano avanzi gettati nella spazzatura. Ovunque vada, ci vado in autostop.

Hai viaggiato per 9 anni. Non ti piacerebbe avere una casa, un luogo tuo?

Non sento di aver bisogno di una casa. Vedo il mondo come una totalità, mi piace essere per strada, percepire la bellezza. Mi piace andare nelle campagne e vedere come la gente ci vive: questa è la vera cultura per me. Coltivano la terra; il loro è un sistema autosufficiente, non ci troverai nulla col marchio “Cibo biologico”. Giocano: i bambini sono felici. Mi piace anche dare il mio contributo, aiutare la comunità. Significare stare lontano dalla società delle grandi città e impegnarsi davvero con le persone in una comunità.

Ti capita mai di sentirti solo?

Mi sento solo quando non posso viaggiare e vivere in una società basata sulla comunicazione. Succede quando non puoi esprimerti nella tua vita e non riesci a capire te stesso.

Ma ora che mi muovo non mi sento solo. Ho trovato me stesso e so da dove viene la mia felicità. Amo anche tutte le difficoltà che affronto sulla strada. Comunico con le persone che incontro, non mi sento solo per niente. In quei paesi di cui non conosco la lingua locale, posso solo dire “ciao”, “come stai?”, “sì”, “no”, “sei bella” e “toilette”; ma la comunicazione viene dal cuore. La bellezza del viaggio sta nel lasciare che le persone imparino dalle persone, lasciare che la gente abbia sogni diversi. Tutto può essere bello.

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(ENGLISH VERSION)
Vivere è yīshízhùxíng: vestirsi, mangiare, abitare e viaggiare

di Angela Lee Ka Ki, architectural designer gelalala.wordpress.com – Traduzione di Daria Mangione

Secondo il famoso idioma cinese yīshízhùxíng [衣食住行] i quattro elementi di base del nostro vivere sono vestirsi, mangiare, abitare e viaggiare. In un mondo in cui tutte le grandi città sprofondano nel calderone del capitalismo, abbiamo intervistato alcune persone a Berlino per farci dire come riescono a prendersi cura di questi quattro elementi in maniera non convenzionale.

Viaggiare:
Tao adora andare in bicicletta…

Perché preferisci la bicicletta al trasporto pubblico?
Mi piace la vita attiva. Mi piace scegliere quale strada prendere. Andare in bicicletta mi permette di scoprire gli angoli del vicinato. Il trasporto pubblico invece è passivo. Inoltre in bicicletta posso scegliere la mia velocità, più lento o più veloce, mentre con il trasporto pubblico non c’è nulla che io possa cambiare.

Quando hai avuto la tua prima bicicletta?
A 5 anni. Era viola.

E cosa provi quando compri una bicicletta nuova?
La prima cosa è il bisogno di adattare il tuo corpo all’oggetto, sviluppare un nuovo movimento. È una scoperta ogni volta.

Ci racconti una tua esperienza in bici?
Il CycleCamp. Era un campo per insegnare alla gente come ripararsi le bici da sé, con lo scopo di promuovere la cultura delle due ruote.

Cosa non ti piace?
Detesto il cibo industriale. Allontana la gente da dove il cibo proviene, ossia dalla natura. E detesto le auto.

Che farai quando sarai vecchio?
Mi piacerebbe vivere in campagna, in un Paese straniero in cui posso imparare una cultura nuova. O anche lavorerei volentieri in una comunità di artisti.

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Vestirsi.  Mangiare. Abitare.

A Neukölln Juli e un suo amico, hanno messo su una piccola “boutique” di moda, aperta alle vendite una volta a settimana. probabilmente si tratta del posto più economico dove procurarsi vestiti di seconda mano a Berlino, infatti non ti costa nulla. Puoi portarci i vestiti che non vuoi più tenere, e prenderti qualsiasi cosa ti piaccia nel negozio. Oppure, puoi entrare e prendere soltanto. Da quando ha aperto, tantissimi vengono ogni settimana a lasciare i propri abiti, e il piccolo negozio è pieno di capi di abbigliamento distilli diversi. Gli abiti non saranno perfetti, dal momento che sono usati, però si può usufruire di un“servizio” impeccabile, con macchine da cucire e vari strumenti a disposizione nel negozio. Così puoi riparare i tuoi vestiti rovinati, ma puoi anche imparare molto da sull’up-cycling, ossia come riciclare i materiali per creare nuovi prodotti di qualità uguale o addirittura migliore del prodotto originale.

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Vestirsi.  Mangiare. Abitare.

Adam, vegetariano e senzatetto 3 anni fa ho incontrato il mio caro amico J a Berlino e per pura coincidenza ci siamo trovati a vivere nello stesso quartiere, Kreuzberg. Cosi abbiamo dato vita a una comunità di due persone, condividendo cibo e altre cose, cucinando insieme. In seguito J ha lavorato con un’organizzazione e così ha trovato uno spazio con una cucina. Abbiamo cominciato così ad utilizzarlo organizzando corsi interessanti. Diversi membri del gruppo del CS hanno contribuito e condiviso le loro capacità. Perciò ho cominciato a pensare a ciò di cui hanno bisogno le persone e a cosa io posso fare per soddisfare questi bisogni. Cosi ho pensato al cibo. Perché il cibo è un bisogno di tutti.

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Vestirsi.  Mangiare. Abitare.

Da tempo Punet non ha una casa. Ho deciso di smettere di lavorare e sono iniziati 3 anni di viaggio. Ho fatto l’autostop ovunque, ho dormito dappertutto. Di media spendevo 2 euro al giorno. Non sento di aver bisogno di una casa. Vedo il mondo come una totalità, mi piace essere per strada, percepire la bellezza. Mi piace andare nelle campagne e vedere come la gente ci vive: questa è la vera cultura. Coltivano la terra; il loro è un sistema autosufficiente, non ci troverai nulla col marchio “Cibo biologico”. I bambini sono felici. Mi piace anche dare il mio contributo, aiutare la comunità.

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ITALIAN VERSION @ Magazine Cittadino Globale
Mašta Magazine
Magaristo Magazine


The famous Chinese idiom 「衣食住行」(Yīshízhùxíng) says the four basic elements of our existence what we dress, what we eat, where we live and where we travel. In this world all big cities are jumping into big capitalist pool. We interviewed different people in Berlin to find out how they work out these four aspects in an unorthodox way.

Travelling 
Tao, Bicycle lover

Core team of Kulturlabor Trial&Error, Berlin

Why do you prefer cycling than public transportation?

I like to be active. I like to choose which road to travel.
Traveling by bicycle allows me to discover the neighborhood. Public transportation is passive. If I am on a bike, I can choose the speed, I can be faster or slower. But if I am on a public transportation, I cannot change anything.

When did you have your first bicycle?

5 years old. It was a purple bike.

What is the feeling of having a new bicycle?

When you get a new bike, you need to adjust your body, to development new movement for the bicycle. It is the process of discovering movements.

Share with us one of your experience with bicycle.

The CycleCamp. It was a workshop teaching people how to fix their own bike and to promote bike culture.

What do you hate?

I hate industrialized food. It makes people distant from where the food came from, which is the nature.
I hate car.

What do you want to do when you are 60?

I would like to live in the countryside, a foreign country that I can learn a different culture. I would also like to work with an art community.

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Magazine Cittadino Globale
Mašta Magazine
Magaristo Magazine

 The famous Chinese idiom 「衣食住行」(Yīshízhùxíng) says the four basic elements of our existence what we dress, what we eat, where we live and where we travel. In this world all big cities are jumping into big capitalist pool. In this article series, we tell the story of different people in Berlin to find out how they work out these four aspects in an unorthodox way.

Located in Neukölln, a small fashion “boutique”, was opened by Juli and her friend. This “boutique” open once a week for sales. This is probably the cheapest place to get second hand clothes in Berlin as it costs you nothing. You can bring the clothes which you no longer want and take whatever you like in the shop. Or you can even just come, and take them. Since they opened, a lot of people came every week to  drop off their cloth, this small shop is full of clothes in different styles. The clothes might not be perfect as they are second handed. However they provided you perfect “service”, they are sewing machine and all different kinds of tools here. You can repaired you damaged clothes. You can also learn a lot from the people in the shop how to up-cycle your cloth. The first time when the writer visited the shop, Juli was making a cushion cover by some damaged clothes.My friend Federico was also making his own up-cycle project : to make a shoe by using old bicycle tires and jeans.

The winter I first knew this shop, I had a warm winter with lot of clothes from exchanging my summer clothes, accessories or even drawings. Several months ago in the city I live : New York, people celebrated Halloween enthusiastically. Those clothing and accessories you will probably use them once a year. You don’t want to dress like Buzz lightyear nor a vampire to go to school or work. Imagine how much people have spent in Halloween. I am not focusing on the amount of money one spends on clothing, but on the necessity of one to spend on clothing. Nowadays the businessmen are smart enough to advertise themselves not as a consumerism promotion, but as a cooperative with the sense of responsibilities on environment and society. We started to see green products and green fashion on the market. However when we review the story it is just a smart businessman try to rephrase his products into a tread which fit people’s taste nowadays. There are still millions of workers working in the factory to produce these products. The value of Juli’s shop is not to save money, but to learn how to really make smart use on the resource we have in the community, to share and to use.

Similar ideas but different approach to promote exchange and up-cycling was also done by the writer in 2012. In the youth campaign creACTION about creative activism, an up-cycling station was built. We walked around the street with our special bicycles and trucks. There were all different kinds of items and clothing’s in the baskets, from apple to jacket. We walked around on the street on Avilés, Spain to ask people “I want to exchange objects with you!”. The idea is to interact and share with people without money.

We might not have some physical objects available for exchange all the time. However the idea of exchange is out of material sense, we can also exchange knowledge. An open university was created in creACTION, people can shared with us their unique knowledge and get the objects they needed.
Our public university

Our public university

It may be idealistic to say “don’t think about money”. And one day, I found the same free shop in the corner street of New York, one of the most expensive and tough cities in the world. (by the association “In Our Hearts” NYC)

article series Yīshízhùxíng for

Magazine Cittadino Globale
Mašta Magazine
Magaristo Magazine

(English Version)
(Italian Version)

衣、食、住、行可謂是日常生活的必需品,講起這四個字大家腦袋中排著隊的第五個字都是錢吧。出生香港的筆者,早已習慣了「錢錢錢錢」的模式,因為香港寸金尺土,每一個決定與行動背後都是錢。這次我們找了四位柏林人來跟我們分享他們的非錢生活。

我們常說「呢個世界邊有免費午餐」,這次我們訪問了Adam,跟我們談談柏林的免費晚餐(Soup Kitchen) Homeless Veggie Dinner。筆者在網上四找都找不到一個合適的Soup Kitchen中文譯名。 (的確不能不承認香港是一個無錢無飯食的社會,這個名詞不太普遍) 所謂的Soup Kitchen : 施湯所/慈善厨房指的是為有需要的人指供低價甚至免費的午餐。

Adam, Homeless Veggie Dinner (HVD) 創辦人

Adam. Photo credits : Florian Gottschall

從2010年起,在柏林Couchsurfing(CS)網頁中每月都會出現「免費晚餐」的帖子,一班義工每月為您煮一餐美味的菜餚。

1. ) 為甚麼想到HVD的主意?

三年前剛搬到柏林,巧遇一位久久沒見的老朋友;巧合的是,我們同樣住在一個叫Kreuzberg的小區。我倆開始同享食物,一起做飯。後來在J工作的機構,發現了一個帶廚房的空置場所。我們開始在那舉辦興趣班,由各CSers分享他們的技能。而我也開始思考我可以幫到甚麼,然後我想到食物。「因為食物是屬於所有人的。」

2. ) 你們如何解決食物供應問題去提供這免費晚餐呢?

我們采用自由捐贈,這是一個屬於所有人的晚餐。付得起錢的可按自己意願捐贈,所捐贈的款項會支持了無能力付錢的人。但我們不設最低捐款,各人可自由決定付多少錢。

“你可以捐贈,因為他們想盡可能多或更少,因為他們想享受一頓免費的晚餐。”
我們管理的找到一個批發市場中的Westhafen柏林,為我們的食品供應。批發市場銷售的最新鮮的食品零售商。因此,一旦這些食物翻了一下他們不能賣給他們。他們總是扔掉良好的食物,所以我們接他們,並把他們變成美味的晚餐。

3.) 能與我們分享一位HVD客人的故事嗎?

我嘗試記住每一位客人的樣貌。我記得有一位常來的男子,然後有一年多他也沒有出現。我四處打聽也沒有他的消息。一年後他再出現,原來在整整的一年間,他出了意外並入了醫院。

4.) 辦HVD遇過的挑戰是?

最困難的是找露宿者,我們去遍了不少露宿者收容所,並嘗試找尋露宿者圈子。上一次在2012年7月的HVD我們有大約100名露宿者。

5.) 你認為HVD跟其他的soup kitchen有甚麼區別?

大部分的Soup Kitchen都是為窮人而設,但HVD就像一家餐廳。每個人一入到來就有義工給你餐牌,讓你點菜,然後把菜送到你的坐位上。不像大部分的Soup Kitchen般每人要拿著盤子輪飯吃。

而且HVD是一個讓露宿者獲得平等看待的地方,坐席上是來自不到地方的人,有擁著安樂窩的人,也有無家可歸的人。不論你是有錢人還是窮人,得到的都是同等服務。有好幾次我看見露宿者把一個個的小錢幣投到捐贈錢箱中。銀幣雖小,尊嚴卻大。

6.) 你認為HVD的成功是甚麼?

HVD創造了一種獨特的社區性,每一位幫助HVD的義工就像是經營自己餐館般。每個人都享受當中的樂趣,去露宿中心派傳單,收集食材,烹任美味的晚餐。這是一個屬於大家的晚餐。

第二是希望HVD能啟發更多其他地方的人去辦相類似的項目。

7.) HVD的長遠目標是甚麼?

我們希望能把這群無家可歸的人帶回社會。我們正打算聯絡不同的露宿者義工團體,找尋機會給露宿者們一些職工訓練。

8.) 你的夢想是甚麼?

我其實一直以來沒有甚麼大夢想。但辦了HVD後我發現我喜歡帶快樂給其他人。有時你會發現這是多麼的幸運,因為你有機會做令自己快樂的事。

9.) 你喜歡柏林嗎?

當然,柏林是個充滿魔術的地方。這裡的人思想較開放,在這裡你可找到不同的機會。

「我們每人都享受這個晚餐,享受預備這個晚餐的樂趣。沒有人感到有壓力,這就是我們的成功。」

Photo credits : Veronica Solomon

Homeless Veggie Dinner

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 Italian Version @ Magazine Cittadino Globale
Mašta Magazine
Magaristo Magazine

The famous Chinese idiom 「衣食住行」(Yīshízhùxíng) says the four basic elements of our existence what we dress, what we eat, where we live and where we travel. In this world all big cities are jumping into big capitalist pool. We interviewed different people in Berlin to find out how they work out these four aspects in an unorthodox way.

where we live
Puneet, started traveling in 2006.

“Can you tell us your background and how you started hitchhiking?”

I was born in a big city in India with 20 millions citizens. When I was 25, I already got everything, power, money and sex. I studied computer science and mathematics ;then I became freelance scientist. By teaching and researching in different universities in the world, for 3 years, I had the chance to travel to different places, from India to Europe and even Asia.

Then I met a super hitchhiker. He is only 23 years old but he has already traveled for 8 years. Can you imagine a 15 years old boy starting hitchhiking on the road? He even hitchhiked to Kashmir ,which people say is the most dangerous place in the world.

After one year I decided to stop working and started my 3 years full time travel, because I felt like I had enough of everything. It was challenging than before because I have an Indian passport, which doesn’t allow you to visit a lot of countries without a visa. I hitchhiked everywhere, I slept everywhere. Sometime I just went to villages and knocked on the door. “Hello, I traveled here but I don’t have a place to stay. If you can offer me a place to stay, I can help you with everything. I can cook for you, I can clean the house for you, I can fix the devices for you…” That is how I lived until now. On average I spent 2 euros a day. Sometimes people just don’t understand how to spend. In India, people never recycle; on another side in Romania the gypsy eat dump-diving food. Where ever I go , I go by hitchhiking.

“You have been travelling around for 9 years. Do you feel like you have a home?”

I don’t feel like I need a home. I see the world as a whole. I enjoy being on the road. I enjoy being with beauty. I like going to countryside and see how people live there. this is the real culture to me. They farm; everything is just in a self-sustainable system, nothing branded “Bio-food” can be found there. They play; the children are happy. I also enjoy to contribute, to help the community. It is to be away from the big society system and truly engage with the people in the community.

“Do you ever feel lonely?”

I feel lonely when I cannot travel and live in a communicate based society. It is just you cannot express yourself in your life and you don’t understand yourself.

But now I am moving around, I don’t feel lonely. I found myself and I know where my happiness come from. I also love all the challenges I face on the road. I communicate with people I met. I don’t feel lonely at all. For some countries where I don’t speak the local language, I only know “hello”, “how are you?”, “yes”, “no”, “you are beautiful” and “toilet”; but communication is by heart.
The beauty of travel is to let different people to teach people, let different people to have different dreams. Everything can be beautiful.

article series Yīshízhùxíng for

Magazine Cittadino Globale
Mašta Magazine
Magaristo Magazine

(Chinese Version)
(Italian Version)


The famous Chinese idiom 「衣食住行」(Yīshízhùxíng) says the four basic elements of our existence what we dress, what we eat, where we live and where we travel. In this world all big cities are jumping into big capitalist pool. We interviewed different people in Berlin to find out how they work out these four aspects in an unorthodox way.

Eating
Adam, Homeless Veggie Dinner (HVD)

Adam. Photo credits : Florian Gottschall

Starting from 2010, you found every month in the Berlin Couchsurfing (CS) group a post “Free Homeless Vegetarian Dinner”, a group of volunteers started to serve you a tasty meal every month.

1.) Where is the idea of this community dinner from?

3 years ago I met an old friend in Berlin and coincidently we ended up living in the same neighborhood in Kreuzberg. My friend had access to a space with a kitchen and asked me how to help turn this place into a lively community place that would benefit the neighborhood.I brainstormed some ideas with my couchsurfing friends and soon different members of the CS group contributed and shared their skills. I started thinking what people need and what I can offer, then I thought of food.

“Because food is for everyone.”


2.) How do you solve the food supply problem and provide this free dinner?

The idea is to provide a dinner for all. People who can afford to pay are free to donate, and the amount they donate covers the cost of the dinner for them and for the homeless. We don’t require a minimum donation or a donation at all.

“You can donate as much as you want or as little as you want to enjoy a free dinner.”

We managed to find a wholesale market in Westhafen Berlin for our food supply. The wholesale market must sell the freshest food to the retailers. Therefore once this food isn’t totally fresh anymore they cannot sell it. They always throw away so much good food, so we pick it up and turn it into a tasty dinner.

3.) Could you share with us a story about a “customer” at HVD.

I always try to remember faces of everyone who comes. There was a guy who had been missing for a year and no one had any idea on where he had been. After one year I met him at HVD again, greeted him and asked how he was. He then told me had an accident and ended up in hospital for a long time.

4.) What is the biggest challenge of HVD?

It is to find the homeless. We went through different homeless shelters and networks, and at the last HVD in July we had around 100 homeless people.

5.) What are the differences between HVD and other soup kitchen?

We try to serve everyone as if they came to a restaurant. For once they can sit at the table and order their meal. No queues with a plate in one hand and the cuttlery in the other.

Also HVD is a dinner mixing homeless people with the others in the society, they are all served the same. There’s no difference between someone with or without money at the dinner. In fact, several times I’ve seen a poor person come and put his or her 10 or 20 cents into the box. Knowing they actually pay for the dinner dignifies them.

6.) How do you measure the success of HVD?

First is the sense of community: the volunteers involved are not treated as helpers, they feel like one of us, enjoying the fun of cooking, going to shelters to promote the dinner and traveling around to collect food. We are all running this dinner together.

Second is I hope HVD can inspire people in other places, so that people start similar projects in their communities.

7.) What is your future goal of HVD?

We would like to bring the homeless back into the society. We want to connect with other volunteer organizations to provide them skill-trainings and job opportunities.

8.) What is your dream?

I don’t really have a dream. But after I organized HVD for these homeless people I realized I just want to be happy.

“Sometimes you are just so lucky to do the things which make you happy.”

9.) Do you like Berlin?

Yes, Berlin is a magical place. People are open-minded and you always find random opportunities here.

We are all having fun organizing these dinners. It’s not a job and nobody pressures us into doing it. I think this is the key to our success.

Photo credits : Veronica Solomon


Homeless Veggie Dinner

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