I’ve been lucky enough to spend the last three years travelling around the world, mostly in Asia, Europe, and South America, and one thing which always interests me is the wide variety of different street cultures I get to experience on my travels. Whenever I get the chance I like to read about the history and culture of places before I visit them but even if I don’t get chance to do that, I have found from my experience that you can learn a lot about a city or country just by wandering its streets with an open mind and the willingness to try new things! For example in Asia, I particularly like the street food scene where you can enjoy a seemingly endless variety of local delicacies. It doesn’t seem to matter at what time of the day your venture out of your hotel with a food craving, there will almost always be somewhere you can go to satisfy your hunger, whatever your specific taste in food, ranging from Pad Thai in Thailand, to vegetable momos in Nepal or tarantulas in Cambodia! Ok, so may tarantulas aren’t really a delicacy for the average European like myself, but they are indeed loved by all Cambodians, usually deep fried with a chilli and lime sauce.tarantulaIn Europe, I particularly love the liberal and experimental street art scene which ranges from the Gaudi inspired architectural designs of Barcelona, Spain to the highly skilled street art scene which can be found throughout much of Berlin, Germany. In Berlin you can find street art in all shapes and forms, from the traditional graffiti, to sculptures or paper art plastered on walls. I find these types of scenes a great expression of the youthful vibe so prominent across Europe with skateboarders flying through the streets on their Z-Flex Skateboards and street dancers practicing their street dancing moves in the lush green parks spread throughout Europe’s capital cities. As much as I love travelling, the streets of Europe always make me miss home when I think of them.

In South America, I love the stunning vistas which can be enjoyed in numerous cities based close to the Andes, as well as the fantastic live music scene which seems to turn the cities into huge open-to-all parties. My favourite street scenes and vistas include the splendid colonial architecture of Sucre, Bolivia, and Arequipa, Peru, both of which are quite similar in some ways but each of which possess their own unique charm. I also absolutely loved Havana, Cuba (which I realise technically isn’t quite South America), although perhaps I’m biased because my husband proposed to me in Havana and so it will always have a special place in my heart for personal reasons.east-side-gallery

So how do you find travelling to cities? Do you enjoy learning about the local culture from their street life and street scenes, or do you prefer to delve into the country in more detail to understand it culture and context?

About Tammyonthemove

Tammy & Chris are a couple hailing from Germany and England, meaning between them they are efficient and polite, but unable to talk about football. Find out why they stopped pushing pens around the British civil service to travel the world on their blog.

2 Thoughts on “Street life around the world

  1. I love travelling to cities. I live in Berlin so it’s pretty easy to visit other cities in other countries for a long weekend. I don’t pretend that a weekend can tell you all you need to know about a culture but you get a taster and if you are like me, I like to visit my favourites again and again!

    I certainly enjoy walking the streets and just looking around. I also enjoy getting under the skin of a country from a historic or artistic point of view. Hanging out with the locals, eating the food or just doing an activity that one wouldn’t or couldn’t do, in one’s own country or city.
    Why choose? I’d recommend doing both. 🙂
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    • Tammyonthemove on June 19, 2014 at 3:27 pm said:

      Berlin is one of my favourite cities. Every time I visit I discover something new. It is an incredible place.

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