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