Hot time, summer in the city

In general, I don’t love cities–the crowds, the noise, the pollution. Plus, most of my travels are during the month of August. Walking on city pavement in Morocco when it’s 125 degrees F out or in Thailand when the humidity smothers me is not the greatest plan, but it’s when my schedule allows me to travel.

On the other hand, cities are thrilling. Just walking down the street in Bangkok was endlessly interesting. Tucked into little spaces were people’s spirit houses, and on any given sidewalk you could see monks walking among office workers, while dentures of various sizes were displayed for sale.

Spirit house Bangkok Thailand
Spirit house, Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok Thailand street with monks
Dentures for sale on a Bangkok, Thailand street

I love the mix of old and new so frequently on display in cities, whether marveling at the Parthenon shining over Athens or catching a glimpse of Independence Hall on a busy Philadelphia street.

Parthenon at Night, Athens, Greece
The Parthenon at night in Athens, Greece
(See also: When the lights flicker on at the Parthenon)

Philiadelphia street
View of Independence Hall, Philadelphia

With the concentration of people, there’s always so much going on.

Cuzco parade
Procession in Cuzco, Peru

So I guess I love cities, after all. Where else can you stick your hand into a bucket of frogs?

Bucket of frogs
Chinatown, New York City

Do you love cities?

Temple in Bangkok Thailand
Parthenon at dusk Athens Greece
Philadelphia
Peruvian weaverView of Manhattan from Brooklyn New York

Linking up with Travel theme: Cities

About Marcy

I blog about trying to get out of my comfort zone, completing 101 things in 1001 days (and beyond), and writing my memoirs. My book: Timid No More.

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5 Responses to Hot time, summer in the city

  1. Abby says:

    Fun post! You’ve had some fun and interesting travels.
    I like to visit big cities, there’s so much to see. I don’t know if I’d want to live in one, but I wouldn’t rule it out. Maybe it’s because I grew up in a small town, where a bucket of frogs wouldn’t be all that strange!

    • Marcy says:

      I think I would’ve liked to have lived in a city when I was younger. Lol on the frogs! It seemed like a city thing to me 🙂

  2. Sueslaght says:

    Wonderful take on cities including Athens! Bucket of frogs….hmmmm 🙂

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