Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Calgary: Stephen Avenue & Stampede

Stephen avenue is one of the popular areas of Calgary at the time of Stampede festival. One can find cowboy hats, buckles, belts, etc. being sold by street merchants as well as many bars and restaurants decorated according to western traditions.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Erhu 二胡

Chinatown in downtown San Francisco has certain characteristics that makes it unique in my opinion. It consists of two parts. The main street, which is mostly geared towards attracting tourists, and back alleys, which are very different than the main street. Although this place is known as the Chinatown, I found Sunset district (a district located in the west part of SF) to have a huge Chinese population without being geared towards tourists. As a results if you want to see people performing or things that generally attracts tourists, you should go to the downtown Chinatown. However, if you want to go to a nice Chinese bakery, you should go to the Sunset district. Once in a while, in the evenings, when shops are closing in downtown Chinatown, you hear traditional Chinese music and you see musicians either as solo artists, or as a band performing the music of the far east. And, the sound of Erhu is always mesmerizing.