Neighborhood Watch – Two Perspectives

Ron Mayhew's Blog

When we visit another country we wish to think of ourselves as travelers. Definitely not tourists. We want to blend in. To see and not be seen. To observe, learn, understand.

People Watching Photos Varanasi, India

People Watching Photos Varanasi, India

But make no mistake, we are noticed, we are watched. Usually just a noted oddity; possibly a potential opportunity for needed income, or a source of amusement.

People Watching Photos Varanasi, India

People Watching Photos Havana, Cuba

I have heard mzungu (Swahili), paradēśī (Hindi), sādā byakti (Bengali) and, of course, gringo, as I pass by. Translating as foreigner, white person, etc. Always in a curious, friendly way, so far, at least.

People Watching Photos Calcutta, India

We live in a world that has narrowed into a neighborhood before it has broadened into a brotherhood.

___Lyndon B. Johnson

People Watching Photos Havana, Cuba

Calcutta, India Calcutta, India

The most professional of these observers take their jobs seriously. They post themselves where they have an unobstructed field of view. The most…

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