April 3, 2010

To sun or not to sun?


Once upon a time, a long, long time ago, I worshiped the sun. I soaked up as much sun as I could, forever chasing that Golden Tan.
Well those days are over. I'm older and wiser now (no wise cracks please), and I've been slathering SPF 30+ sunscreen for the past 15 years. I just hate that gooey smelly stuff, but I don't want to look like a raisin.

Okay. Can we all agree that SPF is a requirement?  
Now it's time to talk about  head gear. 

Here in the States, a woman can wear just about anything on her head.  I like to wear fun baseball caps to keep that hot sun off my face. Here is my current favorite:
It's one of those cute caps from  Life is Good

But in India, women generally don't wear hats. They instead wear gorgeous scarves. I plan to buy some scarves there. But in the meantime, I will pack TWO caps. Why two? Because in 2007 when I went to India, I brought only ONE cap which I promptly lost at the airport here in New York. When I arrived in India, it was impossible to find a baseball cap to purchase. My brains FRIED SIZZLED in that sun. 

When traveling, I think it's a good idea to not stand out too much. So when it comes to headgear, I suggest moderation. Consider the following:
Nope.

Nope.

For heaven's sake, no.

Um, okay. This Yankee baseball cap has some potential value. You know why? You can barter it for something else, especially when you are short on cash. 

Oh, by the way. When traveling to India, I advise women to be prepared to cover the head, as it's required when entering some temples. 
In my next post, I will discuss further the importance of modesty in your attire.
Thanks for stopping by.
Namaste!

6 comments:

tut-tut said...

Namaste, you world traveler, you!

tut-tut said...

on a Fulbright, no less!!!!

Ms. Gibson said...

Tuts!
Thanks you for visiting. I hope this will get me back into blogging again. That Twitter sure led me astray...

tut-tut said...

I can't do Twitter, and I've been a very bad blogger. Why don't you get on Facebook with Cronie and me?

Ms. Gibson said...

Okay TutTut,
I left a message with the Crone on Facebook to help me find you. :)

croneandbearit said...

Hi baby - I like the NY Yankees cap - I would imagine you'll find tons of fans there in India -come on Everyone knows the Yankees. I also think just a standard safari type hat might work but you would look stunning in the scarves. Will you be wearing a sari? I love them but the world does NOT need to see my belly! LOL So many interesting facts you present here - I have a feeling we will learn along with you and that's a good thing. Namaste!