I saw her the first time when I was wandering around Sheffield’s Heart of the City area. She wore jeans and jumper playing outside Nero among passers-by and chuggers. She was out of the ordinary somehow. I could not tell which part of her beauty struck me: her distinctive Western European features or the way she drew the bow with elegancy. I was charmed. I stopped my wander, got myself a cup of tea in the nearby shop to listen, to see, and to absorb her. I left without talking to her. I like keeping certain things un-known and un-touch while I am on the move through towns. They make the journeys mysteriously unfulfilled. They give me a reason to go back one day.
Unexpectedly, I saw her again only a few days later in the familiar street of my so-called English hometown Newcastle. She was in a glamorous dress shining in a windy morning. Her music warmed up the chill air of the early hours in the northern town. I stopped this time to talk to her. She sounds friendly. She said she travels around the country to perform. Another traveler. She said she plays in weddings. In my fantasy, I already saw her playing the white violin in my white wedding ceremony. She said I am not the only one who saw her in different places. She is not the only one whom I tried to leave behind in my wander. Fate crosses our paths once more time briefly but pleasantly. Life is full of nice surprises.
I envy you. I’d love to watch/listen to a good street performer while relaxing with a cup of coffee. 🙂
Have you ever been to Edinburgh? It is one city that I always found great atmosphere on the streets with amazing performers
Edinburgh? Hmm… Where in europe is that? 🙂 that sounds so cool! I hope that is also the case here in the philippines. Haha
Edinburgh is in Scotland of the UK (for now). I have been to the Phillipines so i dont know how different it is from Vietnam (or England). Back home in Vietnam we have street artists also but they are quite different to those here.
You have been or you haven’t been to the philippines? Hehe yeah, some of my friends who visited vietnam told me about street artists there. Painters and the like. 🙂
Sorry. I meant i have never been to the Phillipines before. But mate has been to Manila and i have some familiar stories 🙂
Oh really? You should go. 🙂 it is a mix of south east asian and spanish culture mixed with our very friendly customs 🙂
Ah, That sounds exciting. Yeah, i think i will go there someday. I have seen a documentary where camera crew went to the philipines to capture life in some islands. It looked very beautiful. I would like to see it with my own eyes 😉
YeH. Most westerners love the philippines because of the warm weather, friendly people and the natural sights to visit. I know you are from vietnam, but based on the things i’ve read in your blog, i can see that you live in the west now. 🙂