|Floral offerings in India|
“Upon my first visit to Eastern Africa, I instantly picked up on the smoky aroma of charcoal cooking fires – a scent that languidly hangs in the air and seems to permeate everything in the cities and towns. It was a strange adjustment at first, but now a familiar old friend welcoming me back to life in East Africa and much of the developing world.” – Jeff Stivers
“India’s smells are hard to define as the destination itself, but memories of the place fill you as soon as you step off the plane to that unique aroma. To me it invokes spices, hot milk and animals. And heat – if heat could have a smell, it would explain India to me.” - Laura Finkelstein
|Lunch spread on a Turkish gullet|
“In India I distinctly remember the intoxicating scent of Jasmine which many women weave into their hair, the incense which is burned everywhere but especially in temples and of course curry. I prefer not to remember the smell of diesel!” – Anne Kutay
“If you have never smelled a cheroot burning, you have to travel to Burma to know what I am trying to describe. Men and women alike squat along the streets and outside of stupas wrapped in their longyis and smoking long, tree-bark wrapped cigars called cheroots. It smells like old paper and rich earth burning together, with a musty spiciness. Everything that I brought back from Burma has traces of the odor, including letters received from friends. And at least once a year I encounter just the faintest whiff of Burma while walking the streets of wherever I may be in the United States. Distinctive and instant – the memories this tiny thing can produce are amazing.” - Kirsten Gardner
What smells remind you of your favorite destinations? Leave a comment and tell us! For more information on how this whole smell/memory/imprinting thing works, check out this informative article on the amazing powers of our olfactory gland from How Stuff Works.
Keeping it wild,