1. Who are you?
My name is Aiyu, someone who’s constantly finding out who she is.
2. Where are you now?
Shanghai. More specifically? A cafe on a weekend. There’s no one here; in this huge cafe, I’m the only customer. It feels really good.
3. What do you do when you’re not travelling?
I work and live an ordinary life. I learn to get along with my co-workers, my friends, my husband and myself. I teach yoga: I teach a few classes every week. It feels quite good to be in class. Aside from all of this, I’m learning about Buddhism. I’m interested in Gautama Buddha’s philosophies. I think they’re really useful to me in my life, so I want to understand them more.
4. What was the last piece of music you listened to?
A song by Amanda Palmer called “Vegemite.” It’s cute and funny.
5. Tell us briefly the travel story you shared in LOST.
I wrote about my experience living in Gaomin Temple in Yangzhou. It was an experience that was completely different from city life. Whether it was the daily routine, having meals, labour, meditation, or people’s viewpoints, etc. it was all very fresh and very beneficial to me.
6. What do you love about travel?
The freshness, curiosity I feel towards the unknown—I very much enjoy this feeling. I’ve come to like the many things I encounter on my travels very easily. Whether it’s people, sights, or things, I like all of them. Like the owner of some tiny shop, a cute-looking cloud in the sky, a stray puppy at a seaside, etc.
7. What do you hate about travel?
It’s really bad if you have the wrong travel partner, because you have to take into account all of their expectations. Maybe you don’t think their expectations are terribly important, but there are times when you still have to go through with them.
8. Do you like to travel alone or with people? Why?
It depends on the situation. Some places suit solo travel, while some places suit group travel. It depends on my mood at the time.
9. What do you think about during travel?
I tend to live for the moment.
10. Any future travel plans?
This year, I plan to stay in China; I’m preparing to go to Tibet again, and two places in Garzê, Sichuan. If I have a chance, I’ll go to Dali again. It’s because there’s someone there who fascinates me.
Photo: This photo is from the time I lived in India for a month. I spent every day in the company of bananas and coconuts!
English translation by Kelly Yuen
Amanda Palmer的一首歌叫 “Vegemite”，可愛又搞笑。