A BIGGER SPLASH水花四濺

Discovery - - DISCOVERIES - 編輯總監Mark Jones

WHERE’S THE BEST

place to spend August in the northern hemisphere? My tip: pick a place that spends half of the year freezing, dark – or both. That’s where they really know how to relish a summer.

Some of my most idyllic midsummer memories are of places where we readily think of down jackets and hot chocolate rather than cold beer and bikinis. I’m thinking of the slow drive I took up the west coast of Sweden, or the winding tour of the British Columbia winelands, or strolling around the parks of Moscow or island hopping in the southern archipelago of Finland. The days seemed

北半球哪個地方是8月度暑假的好去處?我個人的心得是:最好選一個每年有六個月都是氣候嚴寒,天色陰暗,或兩者兼備的地方。因為這種地方的人才真正懂得如何全情投入,細味夏季的好時光。

我有不少如詩如畫的仲夏回憶,回憶中的仲夏勝地很容易令人聯想到羽絨外套和熱朱古力,而非冰凍啤酒與比堅尼。我想起的是在瑞典西岸慢悠的自駕遊,在卑詩省產酒區迂迴曲折的旅程,或者在莫斯科的公園漫步,還有遊覽多個芬蘭南部的群島。白晝長得彷彿沒有 to last forever and everyone, young and old, is outside messing about on the water or absorbing as much of the sun as they can before it hibernates again. There’s a carefree hedonism those of us who live closer to the equator just don’t get to experience.

That’s why we enjoyed Will Hide’s story on Zürich’s obsession with outdoor swimming (page 38). We associate the Swiss city with business suits, not swimsuits. Nothing goes with a frozen margarita like having a preconception challenged.

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Mark Jones

Editorial director

盡頭,不論老幼,每個人都在戶外嬉水,或是在太陽冬眠之前,盡量吸收陽光的溫暖。這種無憂無慮、把握當下盡情享樂的氣氛,是我們這些住得較近赤道的人無法體驗的。

因此我們非常喜歡Wi l l Hide筆下蘇黎世人熱衷戶外游泳的故事( 38頁)。這個瑞士城市的人不只穿著整齊的西裝去上班,他們也會換上泳衣跳進水裡;遇到令你打破成見的事物,有如醍醐灌頂,心下豁然。

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