I was struck with writers block for the past few days. I felt like I hit a mental dead end. I couldn’t think anymore and nothing seemed to inspire me. I’m not claustrophobic but at the time it sure as hell did feel like it. I needed sights, sounds and open spaces. So in the search for some air and much needed inspiration I took myself out to the city. Public transport has finally become my friend so taking a train to San Francisco and back wasn’t that bad.
It started raining the moment I reached the city but I didn’t let that deter me. I walked around Union Square. The main reason I love going to this touristy place is for the tourists – people watching, which is my favorite activity. Another thing I love about Union Square are the luxury stores, not that I can afford anything from there, yet, but the window displays are beautiful. I then walked in to Zara where cheerful yellow is the new Spring color. Feeling a uplifted and a little enthusiastic I took an armload of clothes to the dressing room. I then realized that I under estimated how much weight I had put on and I left feeling depressed.
After a spot of lunch and frolicking in the rain a little more I decided to call it a day. I took the train back and an hour later I was exactly where I had started – uninspired and claustrophobic.
In order to get rid of this awful mental state I was in, I dragged Jay to the beach a few days later. We drove to Carmel, a tiny seaside village. North California beaches can NOT hold up to Chennai beaches. It was a pleasant day but the sea was grey and dreary with just a tiny bit of sunlight. The vacation homes that dotted the shore were adorable, right out of an Enid Blyton novel. Tiny cafes, Parisian themed bakeries, beautiful spring time flowers but no sundal or roasted corn in sight. Nonsense.
I felt like yelling to these people, “You think this is beach??? Come to Chennai and see the original beach.” Okay you cannot wear a bikini and lay on the sand (why would you when the sad could go places it is not supposed to) in Chennai but you can totally get wet in the warm water without worrying about “Aiyo I will feel cold because the wind, water, sand is all cold.”
Anyways we had coffee, one yummy quiche and okay tasting coffee cake and drove back home. I miss tasting the sea on my lips and carrying back the sand in my slippers. I have so many good memories of rolling in the beach with my friends. Like literally rolling. That is how a trip to the beach is supposed to be.
But I did have a nice time looking at all the perfect little houses and the perfect little white people who lived in them with their perfect golden haired kids and their perfect friendly dogs.
Claustrophobia – 1
Zarine – 0
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Now that is one wonderful solution to curing writer’s block Zarine! :D
Spot on about the beach abroad and Chennai. Even here, whenever I go to the corniche and look around, I miss marina- the sundal, couple holding hands, killi josiyam, water splashing session with friends, horse riding here and there and bajji stalls. Enna kodumai it is to go and just watch the water without any of these add ons? :(
Right!! Killi josiyam is the best though, and the bajji omg I want molaga bajjis now!!
I want toooo..I want vazhaka bajji and salted air..balloons, waves and build castles on the sand :(
You know there is no salt in the air in beaches here! Just realized that, so weird!!
Come down to LA/Orange County/San Diego in May. :D
It will not be as awesome as your Chennai experiences, but nevertheless, will be a change…
Yes! I’ve heard that SoCal beaches are pretty awesome. Must make a trip down soon!
San Francisco is such a vibrant city but I agree the cold water ruins the beach feelings. Glad you enjoyed your day. Glad to find your blog. Off to explore more.
San Francisco is such a wonderful city! So full of life and something interesting on every turn. Welcome here!
Was browsing through your nice blog and had to comment on this. I stumbled upon Carmel a couple of years ago, and though I found it very quaint, I have to agree that it was quite unanimated and much to cold to enjoy. I didn’t go up in a beachy place so don’t have the same connect to a beach as you do, but yes I hurried up to return home for so many of the points that you mentioned about Carmel. I had to go back and read what I had written about Carmel and it made me smile :-)
Yup, California has a lot of tiny, quaint beaches!