Racism along the river
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I am so pleased to
be traveling this week with my
But more importantly, I am fortunate to have a native Chinese person with me, to help me overcome the HUGE language difficulties I have experienced in this country. As a foreigner, it has been nearly impossible to get around - with his help, however, things have gone much more smooth.
Making little girls cry
On the ship I realized that I was, indeed, the only non-Asian on board. Despite the fact that we were surrounded by some jaw-dropping scenery, I frequently found that people were taking pictures of me instead of the mountains! "Hello, hello" I would hear - and then I'd look up to see small children waving at me from the upper deck.
But it also worked in reverse. At one point I was a bit afraid to say hello to a nice-looking lad nearby, for fear of having nothing in common to talk about. But once I initiated, I discovered that he was quite adept at English. Turns out, he had been hoping to have a picture with me, as well. So here's a shot of my new friend "Yitian."
Obviously there are many types of racism. Some are quite vile and ignorant, while other types are just based on fear of not knowing what to say. Maybe the more we travel, we can help to erase a little of both!
Fishing with Birds
This is kind of cool, I think. Around