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Weekly Photo Challenge: Careful

The Highlands, Scotland
Location: Edinburgh, Scotland
 
It’s not unusual to see “living statues” on popular tourist spots. They come in different flavors and levels of creativity to attract passersby.

Of course, they don’t do it just for the hang of it. They do it for the money. Be careful in their presence. It’s fine to ignore them or watch them from a vantage point. They won’t be offended. But If you’re tempted to take their pictures, make sure to drop a coin or a bill in the pot for the privilege.

You can learn a lesson from a tourist in Rome. According to the news, he photographed, without giving a tip, a statue of a man appearing to defy the laws of gravity while sitting absolutely still. Although the levitating statue didn’t come alive and turn into a monster, the offending tourist didn’t get off that easy. He was chased, surrounded, and threatened by the colleagues of the statue.

As tourists, we have become so entitled and trigger happy with our cameras that we tend to point and shoot at anything that moves and even those that don’t move at all. Sometimes, it pays to be discreet. It could make the difference between having a great vacation or not.

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October 23, 2015 at 7:01 pm 15 comments

Weekly Photo Challenge: Enveloped

a living statue
location: Obidos, Portugal
 
While visiting the medieval town of Obidos in Portugal, I chanced upon this living statue wrapped in thoughts of his own making. I think I have a good idea what was on his mind, but I dare not say it aloud. It wasn’t pretty.

Situated at the bottom of the steps leading to the top of the 12th century walls, he was personifying Charlie Chaplain. He had just turned his back on tourists who were taking his picture but wouldn’t give him a Euro. They failed to realize that he was there to make a living.

As I see it, these folks who refused to follow the standard practice of charity had it easy. There was the news about a tourist in Rome who was chased and threatened by the colleagues of a living statue after he took his picture and forgot to leave the customary tip. An incident like that could ruin one’s dream vacation, to say the least.

As the tourist season draws near, it’s therefore best to follow this simple rule of engagement: Don’t just point and shoot everything on sight because it might cost you.

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May 16, 2015 at 10:00 am 13 comments


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