postcard from america

We arrived in San Francisco in February 2010 on the day of the Chinese New Year parade (Year of the Tiger) so having dumped the suitcases in the Argonaut on Fisherman’s Wharf we headed back into the city centre to observe the preparations of various bands and participants and then took our places on Post Street to watch the floats go by. We loved the dancing lions and the kindergarten children dressed up as little tigers, the different bands and the dancing. The fire crackers were loud and the elaborate costumes colourful. A great experience!

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.