On our way between different tourist destinations, we drove past numerous small towns which are stuffed next to one another along major highways in
One can’t but feel sad for the towns that don’t classify as tourist attractions. The only thing they get directly out of tourism is probably just touristy urine, delivered occasionally as tour vehicles take pit stops in these towns. Sometimes, based on the vehicle driver’s whims, these towns also get to feed the tourists.
As for the souvenir shops for tourists; around the world, they keep the same goods: t-shirts, flags, key chains, plaques, cups, replicas of buildings, and paintings. And within the country, all of them, without failure store the same goods. It is amazing how these few items such as plaques and t-shirts (seemingly??) capture the essence of a country’s topography and culture. There is one difference though between souvenir shops in the developing world and the developed world. In the developed world, there is no need for bargaining. A “Mind the GAP” t-shirt in
And how do the locals see the tourists? Probably nothing more than a walking pile of cash with an intense and insatiable desire for food, souvenirs, cigarettes, chewing gums and sex!