Tuesday, March 25, 2008

The Tourists


I live in New York City. I see tourists everywhere, every day.
This morning I was walking down 6th Avenue in the West Village and I passed in front of Gray's Papaya. For anyone who doesn't know, they serve hot dogs. I'm not a huge fan of hot dogs (actually, they gross me out), but I can understand tourists wanting to go to this New York institution. However, it was 10:30 in the morning. Umm...no.
I've definitely done many touristy things while on vacation to far off places, but this I did not understand. There were people on line down the block for the dogs! oy. Then I noticed that in the window there was a sign thanking Senator Obama. Apparently the people of Gray's Papaya are "Ready for Change"...me too (perhaps more on that another day)!!! I immediately thought that Senator Obama must be in the building. Why else would all these people (maybe they weren't tourists after all) be waiting around the corner? Certainly not for a hot dog. So, I looked in the window. I actually went up to the window and was about to cut all these people in line to get a little peek. I was wrong, they were tourists. oy.
Wouldn't you know that I had my camera but no memory card? Why do I always seem to do that? And, I was talking to a client on the phone so I couldn't hang up on them to use the camera on my blackberry. Annoying. I love taking photos of people with their cameras. Like most New Yorkers I got bored (and annoyed) with the tourists and the situation, so I kept walking.
Here are some pictures of tourists around the world...

Angkor, Cambodia

The Tourists

Monkey Beach, Koh Phi Phi, Thailand

The Tourist Trap
The picture posted above is of tourists taking photos of ruins in Chichen Itza, Mexico.