This cat on Mykonos, like so many animals I see when I travel abroad, fascinated me. I was given to think about Isabel Allende’s writings about the ubiquitous Central American dog — that medium sized, short haired, multi-colored dog you see everywhere that prefers to laze by the edge of the road, risking life and limb.
Or who wouldn’t shrink from Andrew Pham’s description of what happens to such dogs on the Vietnamese roadside during his bike trek memoir across that country? Read Catfish and Mandala to find out. If that subject worries you, his soul-searching trek to understand the country his parents left behind and his heritage in the post-war era are a worthy read.
But back to the photo. Why do different cultures have different values about animals? What travel animal story or image stands out in your memory? Why?