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Travel theme: Rhythm

The Travel Theme posted this week by Ailsa at Where’s My Backpack is Rhythm.  I thought that was a lovely choice, because I’m a musical kind of gal.  She asked, “Do you have a favorite place that is defined by rhythm?”  Though it is difficult for me to choose a favorite place, one country that seems to me to be defined by rhythm is Spain.  We were fortunate enough to be entertained by these flamenco dancers and the distinctive rhythm of their music during our visit to Andalusia.

But I must say that when I think of “rhythm” as it relates to my travels, I think of something that we never captured on film:  the rhythm of life.  It was those grocery-shopping bike rides that I made to our local German village, those family walks to the ice-cream stand, those regular biergarten gatherings with friends that set the pace of life for us when we lived there.  And that rhythm is what I try to recreate here at home in Atlanta–by shopping with a basket, by growing, buying, and making fresh food, by attempting to slow down and enjoy this beautiful world and the wonderful people in it.

36 Comments

  1. Rhythm is the very essence of life and you capture this fact beautifully in this post my friend :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  2. GmaB

    “It’s the simple joys, the simple pleasures, the heart remembers and daily treasures.”

    • Now that’s a nice quote, Gma! Thank you for sharing that here. :-)

  3. So much truth here. And, oh, Spain — it’s one of the only places on my bucket list!

    • Thank you, Sugar. One of the things I remember about Spain is that they ate breakfast around 10 a.m., lunch around 2, and dinner around 9 or 10 p.m. We got there and I thought, “Finally! A country with our hours!” It was some kind of rhythm, all right. ;-)

  4. Love it. And there’s something about the idea of shopping with a basket that just evokes a different, homier, slower pace of life.

    • So glad you love it, Madame W.
      Also, shopping with a basket is a sure way to turn heads in the grocery store (…if that’s your thing. ;-) )

  5. Lovely post Robin. Absolutely agree with you about the rhythm of life. Wish I could recreate that slow rhythm back at home. We do try to slow down on the weekends though.

    • Thank you, Madhu.
      It ain’t easy to slow that pace, is it? ;-)

  6. Just a lovely post, it is filled with inspriration. Great point.

    Cynthia

  7. What a lovely post. When I read it I was reminded of that lovely photo you posted of the grassy path in Germany. :-)

    • Awwww, thank you, Lorna! Now I’m thinking about that, too. :-)

  8. TBM

    I love your thoughts on the everyday rhythm. I enjoy the flow of my life with my loved ones. I may not appreciate it enough, but I should. Thanks for the reminder. And we are planning on going to a farmers market this weekend. I love doing that!

    • What a nice comment, TBM, thank you. Enjoy that outing–those simple pleasures are the best! :-)

  9. Herbstbaum

    It´s exciting how different lifes pulsates in comparison between countries, countryside – cities I always need a city for recreation while living in a rural area.

    • Well put, Herbstbaum! I agree–I love the slow pace and beauty of the countryside, but I do enjoy the excitement that cities offer.

  10. Oh! those ghastly spotty frocks :D I wrote about them in early May when our village had the annual Romería (pilgrimage). But you are right about the music and the rhythm. Andalucía is hard to beat for that. Even I can do the hand clapping and the graceful movements with the hands. I love Spanish music.

    • Ah, but on them the spots look good. ;-)
      I’ll bet that annual pilgrimage was quite an experience–I’ll have to check out your post.

  11. I love that sentiment, Robin, slow and mindful living. And those gorgeous girls in their polka dots make me happy just looking at them. :)

    • Thanks, Ailsa. Those girls are gorgeous, aren’t they–especially those smiles. They look like they can’t wait to start dancing! :-)

  12. What a lovely post Robin! We should all try and slow down, as you say, and enjoy…
    And I wholly understand the reference to shopping with a basket… somehow it makes the chore a pleasure! :D

    • Preciscely!
      And, thank you kindly, Cathy–I’m glad you like the post.

  13. What a lovely legacy of a life abroad Robin. I’m sure everybody appreciates your keeping the rhythm of life going along at that European pace:)

    • Thank you, Gene. :-)
      Not that I’m a slow-paced person myself (I’m a Type A personality living in a Type B body), but I do think they recognize the effort! ;-)

  14. Spot on Robin. As a European, I chose to live abroad keeping those good habits for a life. The rhythm of my life must suit me to enjoy all there is to enjoy.

  15. Beautiful post! You’ve captured in three beautiful words, rhythm of life, the essence of living a full and meaningful life. It’s a reminder that you don’t have to be traveling the world to participate in its wonders, since you’re surrounded by them wherever you are. Thanks for the inspiring words!

    elisa

    • Oh thank you for such a lovely and inspiring comment as well, Elisa!

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