Monday, April 10, 2006

Foreigner to the locals ... Local to the foreigners

Ian and I are in a unique situation here travelling throughout China. As we've posted in the past, all locals speak to us in mandarin but since we can't respond, we are immediately known and treated as foreigners. Most get frustrated with us and do not understand why we can't speak the language. Some are very nice and do try to help us out.

On the other hand, since we're on the backpacking circuit, we always end up staying in places where foreign backpackers congregate. In this case, first impressions to them are that we are locals. It's not until we interact with them do they know we're not. In the end we've met some wonderful travellers with intriguing stories to tell.

All in all, it makes for an interesting yet challenging experience.


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