travel theme: rhythm

Tuesday, June 5: Ailsa from Where’s my backpack? created a new travel theme for this week: Rhythm.  She writes:

There is an undeniable rhythm to travel, particularly slow travel, that I adore. The clickety-clack of a train speeding along rails, the gentle (and sometimes not so gentle) bobbing of a boat, and my favourite, the clippety-clop of a horse. The rhythm of air travel is less evident; the pockets of turbulence more staccato than anything else, although I suppose you could find rhythm in the repetition of taking your shoes off and putting them back on, putting your toiletries in a plastic baggie and taking them back out again.

However you reach your destination; once you’re there, part of the joy of discovering a new place is learning its rhythm. In general, islands seem to have a slower rhythm than the mainland; cities are faster than towns which in turn are faster than villages. Each one is slightly different and often, the biggest clue to the rhythm of life in a new place is the music you hear on the streets.

We stumbled upon this open air cafe along Houhai Lake in Beijing, China.  It has a rhythm all its own.

At Houhai Lake in Beijing, China, we found this little outdoor cafe with a singer singing folksy tunes....

At Houhai Lake in Beijing, China, we found this little outdoor cafe with a singer singing folksy tunes….

the open air cafe along the boulevard at Houhai Lake in Beijing... cool rhythms... :-)

the open air cafe along the boulevard at Houhai Lake in Beijing… cool rhythms… 🙂

 

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