This post is dedicated to the tour guides: those people, who are perennially happy, and from the eagerness of their tones, seemingly willing to give their life to get tourists another glimpse of the hot-spot. One can say that they have a monotonous job, describing the same places with same stories to the usual group of ignorant rich people. But they also get their share of great historical moments, especially when they have to answer such earnest tourist questions like “why did they build the castle so close to the airport”.
All around the world, they follow a pattern. Well remembered descriptions of things to your left, to your right and coming up straight ahead. A few jokes about the habits of his country’s people. And in most Asian countries, they would take you through a compulsory stop at an irrelevant shop selling gems, ginseng or handicraft, making it sound as one of the most sought after tourist destination. In
But make no mistakes from their prepared jokes on their national character because they are seemingly also of the most patriotic sort, forced to stick to a nationalistic script as part of licensing requirements. When faced with uncomfortable questions, they can sometimes come up with strange answers. When we asked our tour guide in
All the same, they can at times be disappointing and unimaginative. At both the
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