home thoughts from abroad

Home thoughts from abroad is a new series on Travel Words featuring a single photograph that reminds me of a country visited and showing something that uniquely identifies it as being ‘abroad’.

Wearing Feetbells (Ghungrus)

India. 2008. Almost exactly 35 years since my first visit in 1973 as a young woman travelling overland from England. This time I wasn’t roughing it, but staying in a resort at Fisherman’s Cove near Chennai. A comfortable beach cabin with a marble bathroom. Buffet meals with dosa pancakes for breakfast. The sweet scent of frangipani and the wild waves of the Indian Ocean sending me to sleep at night.

Just looking at the dancers with their feet-bells brings back the memory of the gently resonating bells representing precisely the rhythmic movements of the dancing feet.

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I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

15 thoughts on “home thoughts from abroad”

  1. I’ll look forward very much to these posts. It’s such fun to go back through travel pics, isn’t it? I’m doing this too with my “Something to write home about” series.

  2. That sounds like a lovely experience, Jude. As for the photo, it is evocative of the Indian sub-continent, though you might also see such a scene in West London of course. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete. x

    1. It was interesting to go back to India after such a long time, but it was even more dirty and crowded than I remembered. And certainly no less poverty.

        1. Ah, well, yes. I found it unnerving to see how wealthy Indians seemed not to notice all the dirt and beggars in the streets outside their plush office buildings.

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