“Wherever we go, across the Pacific or Atlantic, we meet, not similarity so much as ‘the bizarre’. Things astonish us, when we travel, that surprise nobody else.” ~ Mary Ritter Beard
This quote brings to mind a thought from Vera Nazarian, which I shared back in May; the reminder to consider that, wherever we are, it is “someone’s home and backyard”. Sometimes I am comforted by how similar the details are to what is familiar to me from my own home; at other times I’m mesmerised by the differences… occasionally to the extent that it triggers a complete re-evaluation of what I had previously thought of as the norm. Other times, I am struck by wonderment at something that seems utterly bizarre to me!
It’s funny the little details that catch our attention when we’re somewhere far from home…
A good example is the beauty of Japanese kusari doi, chains of beautifully shaped metal cups that direct the rain from rooftop to ground, instead of the more familiar tubular drainpipe.
What bizarre things have surprised you on your travels?
This beautiful view is of the Quingshui Cliffs in Taiwan’s Taroko Gorge National Park.
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