On our Yangtze River cruise, I was taking my early-morning stroll around the deck, when I saw the ‘gash boat’ alongside, collecting the ship’s garbage. I had my camera with me, so I leaned over the rail to take a photograph.
Why did I do it? After all, I don’t take pictures of the garbage collectors (sorry, ‘Refuse Disposal Operatives’) at home. And, I can’t imagine that any Chinese visitors to the UK take pictures of our bin-men at their work.
What did the boatmen think of being photographed? Why did this foreigner find their daily routine so interesting? I just thought it so strange and exotic, even though it’s something I wouldn’t have given a second thought to at home.
But, there are visitors from all over the world who like to photograph policemen, Guardsmen, Scotsmen in national dress … and even stallholders and tour guides at their work, even though, to them, it’s just … routine.
More routines at http://wheresmybackpack.com/2016/01/08/travel-theme-routine/