Lookin' up and keep walkin' vol.1
All the people whom I meet in the travel are gentle and friendly. It must
be the illusion made up by the TV show. I think that the real world is
totally different from that.
Traveling in Cuba was the good example for it. "Yo! Chinito (little
Chinese) come over here!" People called me. In much worse case, I
was thrown a pebble. Those kind of things were repeated every day. I was
so exhausted at end of the day, and I went to a church. I'm not Christian.
But people left me alone only in the church. Then I confessed to the God "Today, I swore at the people of this
country in loud voice"
In the small town called Vinales, I was so irritated as usual. I went to
a bar instead of a church on the day. After a while, a strolling musician
with guitar came into the bar. And he played a Cuban music. Then he found
me and said "Hey! little Chinese, sing something" I absolutely
got tired of this situation. "Come on. Give me a break!" I was
drinking to forget the bad things. "OK! I'm gonna sing, so keep a
good accompaniment, uh!" Finally, I said to him. Then I sang.
I chose an old Japanese pops "Lookin' up and keep walkin' " Actually,
no other song came across in my mind. May be, I thought it was one of the
most well-known Japanese songs.
- I translate the title by my self. It's generally known as "Sukiyaki"
I don't know who put this stupid name on the beautiful original title.
Any way, it didn't matter at all whether it's "Sukiyaki" or "Lookin'
up and keep walkin'" because the strolling musician didn't know the
He tried to take codes at beginning and then gave up. After he stopped
accompanying, I just sang alone. I heard sleepy clapping when I finished
singing. I felt really bad. "Give me even little flattering"
Shortly after, one guy came up to me. "I'm Carlos. Come to my house
for doing <Caballo> tomorrow morning if you like. "He said so
with the gesture looked like gripping baseball bat in front of his face.
I couldn't remember the meaning of "caballo". May be I was so
drunk. I misunderstood that it meant a cultivation. What he gestured in
front of the face must be a hoe. Farming experience in this small town
could be a good refreshment for me. I needed some refreshment. So I said
On the way back to B&B, a little question came up in my mind. "If
<Caballo> doesn't mean farming?" But no energy was left to me
even for consulting with Spanish dictionary.
"La Habana" Havana, Cuba 1998
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