July 24th, 2007
One of the highlights of my trip to Krakow was joining a procession of Spanish guys, walking through the main square and chanting “Espanole, Espanole, Ole, Ole, Ole”. Dumb song, I admit, especially since some of my favorite songs are Spanish (Check out “Tengo novio tantriko” by Las Ketchup). Krakow main square was also the center of celebration for other processions, such as the Scots with the skirts.
The reason I liked that experience very much was because I could not help thinking how accepting, how touristy a city must be to accept groups and groups of foreigners coming and touting their own horn. Locals were just having fun. It was like a circus, except for free. I am not certain if such a group would be accepted with as open hearts in India. I am especially wary that such a British group may be treated with suspicion, and interpretted as the “return of the old colonials”.
It is all one world now, with the distinction between local and foreigner dissolving rapidly. I think as long as someone is obeying the law, the local customs and the subjective common sense, everyone should welcome them.