Sunday, July 6, 2008

Where The Streets Have No People

I walked to school this week (something I am starting for a little exercise) and I passed one person. One person. And then I realized I kinda miss the streets of Korea and Ethiopia. They have flavor, they have character and most of all they have people.

Just being out and walking you feel like you're interacting with people and part of a culture/community. There are people selling things on the street. People walking to work. People mingling and hanging out on the street. When I walked to school in Ethiopia, even at 6 a.m. I would be dodging donkeys and beggars and passing school kids and people walking to work or to catch the mini bus to the next town. It was real and vibrant.

Victoria's a swell city but not so much for people on the streets. I could go downtown to Government Street but I am not so fond of gawking, consuming, lost tourists. That's not culture, or at least not the kind of culture I'm looking for.

I kinda miss Ethiopia sometimes.


Michelle said...

Yes, I see what you mean. And, likely as not, if you would have passed more people, they would be too busy listening to their ipods to even have the courtesy or interest to smile or say hello.

AJ Renton said...

1 person? Must be the high income neighbourhood you live in. When I walk/bike/skate (I like to switch it up lots) to work just a few blocks from you, I regularly see well over 20 people in just the short 1km. Come visit Larchwood one day and you'll see what I mean.

And it might feel more like Korea anyways cause very few of my fellow walking neighbours in this area are whiteys like you and I.