Of Travelers and Tourist

Monday, August 20, 2012

I recognize how lucky I am to not only have been able to travel so much, but to have gotten the opportunity to live in another country and really become a part of it.  I love the fact that I do not consider myself a tourist here anymore, however I know that there are many well traveled people who look down on tourist.  Many of these people want to distance themselves from the sneaker-clad, fanny pack wearing, camera toting people clogging the sidewalks.

I will admit, I have gotten frustrated with tourists on more than one occasion. When you're in a rush or trying to get somewhere, tourists are terrible.  Walking slowly, stopping to take pictures every ten feet... it is definitely annoying.

But today while taking one of my last walks down Grafton Street, I realized how beautiful tourists can be.  They are often almost child-like in a lot of ways.  I don't mean that as an insult... more that they are innocent and unafraid to express themselves.  For many of them this single walk down Grafton Street may be their first and only chance to do so in their lives.  You can see the awe in their faces as they soak in the architecture and listen to the street performers.  Who wouldn't want to walk slowly and stop frequently to take pictures?

So, while I love being able to immerse myself in a culture,  I also think I need to more frequently recognize the beauty in those who may not have as much time to do the same but still find a way to unabashedly fall in love with a city when they only have a few days to do so.

That being said -  tourist, get out of my way when I'm late to the bus!!!

Grafton Street
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7 comments:

  1. Haha, I absolutely know how you feel! And your post made me laugh! Tourists can be annoying but also kind of cute.

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  2. New follower! Saying hi :)

    -Sarah

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  3. Haha, I just went shopping in a tourist trap mall. It's great in off season but right now its awful. They walk so slow...next time I am their I will have to soak in their beauty or at least try to!

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  4. I live in NYC and can't stand tourists either. I try not to because everyone is at one point a tourist wherever they travel but I just can't help it!

    I avoid Times Square like it has a plague haha. Newest follower from the blog hop!

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    1. Oh man I'm trying to follow you but it won't let me. Your follower section isn't showing up :(

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  5. new GFC follower. cute blog, friend. found u thru the naptime review GFC follower hop deal!

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  6. I loved Grafton street when I was in Dublin. And yes I took tons of pictures... so glad I have the memories though! ALso, if you've ever seen the film "Once" there is a spot in the beginning where Glen Hansard is playing on Grafton and I went and stood and took a pic there. Fun stuff. I've been a follower for a few months, but I still love this blog!

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