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Old 08-09-2019, 01:54 PM
PaulVDV PaulVDV is offline
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Funny, Malgo.
Today 'tourist' can be the key word in Baku.

I visited Syria in 1987. There were very very few tourists then.
Sometimes people thought I was Russian because of a certain Russian military presence.
I told them that I was a tourist. But some of them didn't know what a tourist was. Once in a full bus I explained that a tourist comes to look at different interesting places and that a tourist also takes pictures.
One man replied with 'Oh, you're a journalist' and everyone on the bus suddenly looked worried
I quickly replied that I was not a journalist at all.
There was also a Turkish man in the bus. He worked in Syria and of course he knew what tourists were and he explained it in Arabic and everyone understood it.

Later I learned that tourists in Syria were often named 'Alman' (German).
I found it hard to present myself as an Alman but it helped

A friend of me travelled through Syria in the 1980s and then everyone knew what tourists were.

Best wishes,
Paul




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