Do you go to local performances during your travels?
By Zhu Huifen
July 19, 2009 2:44am CST
We are invited to night performances representative of the local culture during our travels. I would not miss these opportunities to get the essence of the place. Do you go to these performances or do you prefer to stay long at dinners in the restaurants?
19 Jul 09
In Samoa I got invited to see a fire dance and it was so exciting to watch that I was amazed. Also there I got invited to church on Sunday. I arrived and noticed I was the only person not wearing white. I said sorry and the reply was "it is that inside that really matters". The singing was awesome and it was a memorable experience. I visited South Africa this year. I saw a rich side and a poor side to Cape Town. I wanted to see how life is in one of the poor townships. I was with my toddler son and a guide showed us around a poor township. We saw little shacks and houses made by an Irish charity. It was interesting to see reality for the poorest local people. In am an independent traveler and not a package tourist. I am fascinated by local culture and seeing a performance is one way to get a flavor of that.
19 Jul 09
Thank you for responding. At Guilin, a scenic spot in South east China, there is a real live performance involving hundreds of local people against the nearby hills, and river, under bright moonlight. This has brought about booming of the local tourist business.
19 Jul 09
Local performances and local expresions of any kind are the best that can happen to me on a trip. I think the most impresive I have seen was a procession of la Virgen del Rocío in the South of Spain. We were at the hotel, unaware of what was going on and went to buy bread for breakfast. Most of the stores were closed even though it was a weekday. Finally we learned what was happening: there was a procession of the Virgin at the next town. We took the car and RAN!!! The main plaza was full of garlands and flowers. The people were starting to gather. We got a very good site near the Ayuntamiento. When it seemed there was no space to hold another soul, we started to hear shouts. We could see strong men arms holding a canopy where the bejewelled Virfgen came. It was so heavy that men had to change from time to time. People called her all sorts of endearment names and threw rose petals. I am not a religious person, but my eyes were wet. It was just too beautiful and significant.