These tents, like the Kazakh yurts, are a summer Xiamen Map home, but are differently constructed and can be square, rectangular or rounded. Their guyropes Xiamen Map of twisted leather held up by poles and pulled tautly angular made me think of long-legged spiders. At first I didn’t go close to the ones I passed, they looked closed but I could see fierce Tibetan dogs chained near them. Within half an hour people started arriving back at the camp; they noticed me immediately and I greeted them with a cho-temo. Before long one family asked if they could give me shelter for the night. Their tent was a roomy twenty-foot square, with a fire set in a clay trough, and fuelled by animal droppings.
In relation to the urban environment, Borden’s research has examined the affective qualities of driving in terms of sensory, cognitive and embodied experiences while questioning the various pleasures involved in different kinds of driving, at different speeds and in different kinds of spatial landscapes’ (Borden 2010: 100).
Borden attempts to reappraise the relationship between driving and the urban environment. He suggests that the material conditions of urban architecture when experienced through the mobile and animated activity of driving are responsible for unlocking a range of social and cultural meanings as well as powerful emotions from the motorist. The material conditions and physical sensations related to the practice and experience of Tollway driving maybe characterized as non-sterile, embodied and pleasurable. Motorists ensconced within a mobile semi-privatized capsule’ (Urry 2000: 190) engage in a series of physical and mental skills that are reinforced by an implicit connectedness to the passing spatial landscape.