This week we have guests in town, so we played tourist in Chennai once again today. Although I often feel like I have seen it all, Chennai keeps surprising me. After trying out a Greek restaurant that I had been eyeing for a while, we gave a mini tour of the city.
Another visit to Marina Beach was in order. It was far less busy than it was when I last visited during Ganesh Chartuthi. As I have mentioned before, Indians do not seem to use the beach the same way that Americans do.
After visiting Marina Beach, we wound through some less travelled streets heading towards a few other notable sights. This drive through the less travelled city streets was by far my most favorite part of the day. I ended up manning my Dad’s camera and captured some really awesome street scenes.
This is one of the first times that I have had a chance to take candid shots in the street here. I often leave my camera home thinking that I am just looking at “normal” things, but fail to recognize that they are not typical for home or something that I will see forever.
When I took the above picture of these little boys in the street, I didn’t realize what they were doing. I was pretty far away and we drove by fast enough that I didn’t comprehend that they were using the outdoor bathroom until after Chris pointed it out. It is a scene that he sees all too often during his morning commute.
As we drove through the streets today, I reflected on this opportunity that I have been given and how special it is to have this experience. In the past few days I have had mixed feelings about Chennai. On one hand, as I prepared to leave China, I was happy to be returning to Chennai, if anything for the security of being “home”. Odd considering that just days before I was pretty jealous of Chris for being “home”.
In the end, I think it is difficult to say what home is in the first place. For me, it is come combination of people, comfort foods, familiar routines, and maybe a few favorite things. Somewhat unexpectedly, I am realizing that, as odd as this may sound, home has almost nothing to do with a specific location.
All of that said, I’m pretty excited to be home for Christmas!