Friday, February 11, 2011

Friday Feature- Why I can't be a tourist

Asalam Alaikum,

I don’t usually take too many pictures when we are outside shopping or just around town. This is mostly because Tariq has safety concerns. The area we live in is not one of the “high class” areas with lots of foreigners, so he worries about us sticking out more than we already do. He says that if I were to walk around the local market snapping pics, that it would encourage thieves because I “look like a tourist”.

Sometimes I use a cell phone camera, or Tariq will use it for me to take an interesting picture. They don’t usually come out well, but I am thinking about posting some just to give an idea of some of the interesting things we have seen.

This is probably one of the biggest reasons that I love to read other gori/desi blogs. Many times while visiting Southeast Asia, they have taken the types of pictures that I want to. It is pretty cool to see the things that I think are interesting/cool/weird pop up on somebody’s blog. Sometimes I’ll have moments when I’ll say something like “Ooh that happens here too!” or “Oh I felt that way too when I first saw the toilets here”.

I think it would probably be different is we actually were just visiting. For now, while we are living here full time, I’ll just have to stick to my bloglists and enjoy everyone else’s interest pictures!

4 comments:

Adventurous Ammena said...

thats a shame sis :) Ill take them all for you when we are over insha'Allah ;)

Thinking said...

hmm...well...I usually take my pictures even if I have to watch around first...but once you are use to it...you are easy on taking pictures...

Enjoy your stay.

Aishah said...

Salams Ladies,

@Ammena- no, no, the shopkeepers will overcharge you if you walk around taking pics everywhere!

@Thinking-Usually that's what I'll do when I really want to take a pic-look around to make sure nobody is looking then- snap snap!
I still haven't got used to it, I feel very strange sometimes.
Only with the mobile though, because the big cameras still draw too much attention.

Asma said...

hmmmm i dont think there is anything wrong with takin pictures...it shudnt b a problem..