When I stay in Youth Hostels or when I go to pick up a map at a information centre , of course I get told all these must do’s.
Now I am gdeveloping a little allergy to the must see lookouts – prepared for you , the touristic attractions and the tours.
Something is very unnatural.
Sure you need to know a bit so you can go otherwise you may miss the whole place – but surely there is something about the surprise encounter, the wandering and finding…
plus what one man thinks is wow and a must see may be completely boring to me and vice versa….
( cables anyone?)
I still went to the Scenic World as they call it in the Blue mountains…mainly beceause I was told there was a hiking trail going down a long set of stairs into a valley ….
Okay , the stairs are cool and its fun going down like that, a little scary if you are affraid of heights, and the landscape is stunning.
” Scenic World” …. with a name like that it has the same appeal as disneyland.
Scenic world, a building with an entrance like a big mouth, engulfing the punters to show them a world beyond this world, which is in fact , is merely this very world – put in a frame : scenic – and behind glass :gondola or train.
Big babies then with toys called cameras, you put them on a fun ride : a train or a gondola, tell them what to do what to look at , where to walk….
The valley was a suspended wooded walkway with ” sculptures…thatdid look like kindergartenfurnitures…
Something is not quite right – the very good book Blubberland From Farelly keeps coming to mind, every day here even more so than in USA.
Thank god I met this wonderful couple – Keith and Louise.
Louise is a bubble of positive energy and Keith a great sense of humour.
louise won me over at the start by saying Yalla Yalla ! ( come on in Arabic)
Louise reminded me so strongly of my best friend – Myriam Jawhari – a talented architect in Paris now.
That same spontaneity – a foot in mature adulthood but keeping the playfullness of childhood, something too many adults ditch.
Plus Louise is a pianist – and so is Myriam ( even if she doesnt make a living from it).
It was very refreshing !