People Watching

“Well I’m just people watching. The other people watching me
And we’re all people watching. The other people watching we”
~Jack Johnson, from the song “People Watching”

I find people amusing, fascinating, inspiring! When I travel, I enjoy sitting in a cafe, looking out onto a busy street and observing random strangers going about their daily lives. It gives me a feel for their culture,. A feel for who they are and the stories behind their faces. Not to mention those impromptu scenes, that wayward glance, that enigmatic smile…just begging to be captured and transformed into enduring memories. For this post I share with you some portraits of the people of my places!

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My Albums are full of images of fabulous monuments and interesting landscapes, but I realise now that it is the images with people that grab my attention. The people that give a place meaning. The people that make my journeys so much more memorable.

Until next time…happy travels, no matter where life takes you.

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Madhu is an Interior designer turned travel blogger on a long sabbatical to explore the world. When not crafting stories on The Urge To Wander, she's probably Tweeting @theurgetowander or sharing special moments on

15 thoughts on “People Watching

  1. I particularly like the monks texting, and the two ladies in the hats. My husband and I love to people watch and we invent the stories of their lives based on what we see – can be an interesting past-time … sitting curbside … with a refreshment … on a beautiful day … get so see so much without even trekking about.

  2. So many wonderful exotic places and faces yet we all have so much in common. I would love to know what the monks were texting about!

  3. Perfect song quote to accompany your collection of people watching. The little girl watching you take her picture is an example. The dog walker brought a smile to my face, but once again I really love the old Chinese man. It looks like something out of National Geographic reflecting ancient times. A good way to spend your “one hour.”

  4. You’re definitely a “portrait” person, Madhu. There’s always so much life in your images (I love the monks too). I absolutely can’t do this, and really admire yours.

  5. I love people watching! There is so much to learn from their movements and expressions which can be compared with your dreams and experiences to appreciate or reject in forming personality.

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