Why Tourists Stand Out On Rio Beaches


PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN RIO ARE
SAYING THAT IS THAT ñ IT IS THE CLEAREST THING TO DETERMINE
WHO IS A TOURIST THERE OR NOT. OF COURSE THERE ARE CULTURAL
DIFFERENCES BETWEEN COUNTRIES, BUT THE CULTURAL DIFFERENCES IN
RIO ARE SO UNIQUE THAT I FEEL LIKE MOST PEOPLE WOULD
STAND OUT LIKE A SORE THUMB. I WANTED TO SHARE THESE DETAILS
WITH YOU GUYS. “MOST FOREIGNERS PICK UP THE
TRASH INSTEAD OF LEAVING IT STREWN IN THE SAND. THE WOMEN HIDE BEHIND TOWELS
AND AWKWARDLY SHIMMY OUT OF THEIR BULKY UNDERCLOTHES. AND THE VAST BOTTOM HALF OF THE
TOURIST SWIMSUIT ALWAYS COMES AS A SHOCKER.” IN FACT, ONE INDIVIDUAL SAID,
“THEIR BIKINIS LOOK LIKE UNDERPANTS.” IT’S HILARIOUS, BECAUSE RIGHT
NOW, ESPECIALLY IN THE UNITED STATES, THE RETRO BIKINI
IS BACK IN STYLE, WHICH I’M VERY GRATEFUL FOR BY THE WAY. AND IT’S LIKE, HIGH WASTED, YOU
KNOW, LIKE MARILYN MONROE STYLE. YOU WITH THAT IN BRAZIL AND
PEOPLE ARE LIKE, WHY ARE YOU WEARING DIAPERS? WHAT’S GOING ON? THEY THINK YOU ARE WEARING A
BURKINI. YEAH, LIKE WHY IS SHE SO COVERED
UP? ANOTHER PERSON SAYS, “THEY
DRINK. A LOT.” THE TOURISTS DO? THE TOURISTS DO, AND I WANT TO
BE CLEAR ABOUT SOMETHING. THEY ARE NOT SPECIFICALLY
TALKING ABOUT AMERICAN TOURISTS, ALTHOUGH AMERICAN
TOURISTS ARE OF COURSE INCLUDED IN THIS CONVERSATION. THEY ARE ALSO TALKING ABOUT
EUROPEANS. SO THEY ARE LIKE, WHAT’S UP
WITH THEM SHOWING UP TO THE BEACH WITH THEIR TOWELS? YOU GET SAND ALL OVER IT, IT
GETS WEIRD ñ THAT’S WEIRD. WHEN YOU SHOW UP IN A SARONG? YOU CAN WEAR IT, AND LAID
DOWN ON THE SAND AND IS COMFORTABLE AND YOU CAN ENJOY
IT. EVEN ON NBC WHERE THEY WANT TO
BE SUPER SAFE AS THEY ARE SHOWING THE OLYMPICS, ANYTIME THEY DO
THE BEACH SHOTS, YOU SEE EVERYONE’S ASSES, BECAUSE 89% OF PEOPLE ARE WEARING A THONG IS
THERE BIKINI. AND NBC IS ALWAYS LIKE — SO I’M AMAZED THAT THEY THINK WE
ARE PRUDES, BUT WE LIKE TO DRINK, AND WEIRDLY PICK UP OUR
TRASH BEHIND US. THIS IS WHY THIS STORY RESONATED
WITH ME SO MUCH. I FEEL LIKE WHEN I TRAVEL I DO A
PRETTY GOOD JOB OF LIKE, NOT STICKING OUT LIKE A SORE
THUMB. BUT THEIR UNSPOKEN RULES ARE SO
UNEXPECTED TO ME THAT I WOULD DEFINITELY STICK OUT LIKE
A SORE THUMB. MOST PEOPLE WOULD, LET ME GIVE
YOU MORE EXAMPLES. REAL RESIDENCE CAN OFTEN BE
SPOTTED WITH THEIR BEACH CHAIRS MOVING LIKE SUNDIALS,
SLOWLY ROTATING THROUGHOUT THE DAY TO ñ TO CATCH DIRECT
RAYS. WHAT THEY THINK IS WEIRD IS THAT
“GRINGOS ALWAYS SIT FACING THE OCEAN.” WHAT ARE YOU SUPPOSED TO DO? I’M AT THE BEACH, I WANT TO LOOK
AT THE OCEAN. THEY CARE MORE ABOUT THE
TANNING, SO WHICHEVER DIRECTION IS MORE RIGHT FOR THE
SUN. I’M WITH YOU, I’M A GRANDMA, I
GO TO THE OCEAN FOR THE VIEW. I DO WANT TO TOUCH THE SAND, ALL
I CARE ABOUT IS LOOKING AT THE BEAUTIFUL OCEAN. AND THONGS. ANOTHER PERSON SAYS, “THEY BRING
CAMERAS ALL THE TIME. WE JUST FEEL SORRY FOR THEM WHEN
THEY LOSE THEIR CAMERAS OR CELL PHONES.” THAT I AGREE WITH, DON’T BRING
YOUR CAMERA TO THE BEACH. IT’S COOL TO TAKE PHOTOS BUT
UNLESS YOU WANT TO SIT THERE AND HE WAS HER CAMERA
LITERALLY THE WHOLE TIME, DON’T TAKE YOUR CAMERA WITH YOU. THE ASIANS LOVE TO BRING THEIR
CAMERAS TO THE BEACH. AM I NOT ALLOWED TO SAY THAT? I’VE BEEN TO TAIWAN. THERE WAS THIS PLACE WE RECENTLY
WENT TO IN TAIWAN AND IT WAS LIKE REALLY STEEP STAIRS, AND
EVERYONE IS TAKING A PICTURE OF THE REALLY STEEP STAIRS WHILE
THEY ARE ON IT AND THEY ARE LIKE ñ AND I’M LIKE, DON’T GO, I WANTED
TO CATCH EVERYONE. THERE WAS LIKE NEARLY 17 ACCIDENTS IN THAT THREE MINUTES
I WAS IN THAT STAIRCASE. THAT’S HILARIOUS. THE FINAL THING I WANTED TO
BRING UP, WHICH I DON’T AGREE WITH AT ALL AND I THINK
BRAZILIANS ARE DOING IT WRONG IS, THEY SAY, “IT’S A
CHARACTERISTIC OF THE BEACH TO STAY ON YOUR FEET TALKING,
NOT LAYING DOWN SUNBATHING LIKE THE EUROPEANS.” IF YOU’RE NOT GOING TO GO TO THE
BEACH TO LAY DOWN AND ENJOY YOURSELF, WHY DID YOU GO TO THE
BEACH? I DON’T WANT TO STAND AROUND. I DON’T WANT TO DO PHYSICAL
ACTIVITY, I LIKE TO DO PHYSICAL ACTIVITY ON MY OWN AS
SOMETHING I HAVE TO DO AND I’M FORCED TO DO. THERE I HAVE NO OPINION. I’M A LEADER ñ I MAINLY THERE
FOR THE THONGS IN THE OCEAN. THERE IS NO WAY IN HELL CENK
THAT YOU WOULD EVER GO TO THE BEACH TO BE ACTIVE. NO, ONE OF THE BEST SOCCER
MATCHES I EVER HAD WAS ON THE BEACH IN HONDURAS. LOOK AT ME ALL COSMOPOLITAN AND
STUFF. NOT BUYING IT. NO NO, IT’S TRUE, I’VE PLAYED
FOOTBALL IN THE BEACH. I’M AN ACTIVE GUY. WHAT CAN YOU LAY AND TALK? THE FACT YOU HAVE TO STAND AND
TALK IS WEIRD TO ME. OKAY FINE, I VOTE AGAINST THE
BRAZILIANS IN THAT RARE INSTANCE. THANK YOU. THEIR FOOD IS FANTASTIC. AND FINALLY, I DON’T CARE ABOUT
STANDING OUT AS A TOURIST. SOME PEOPLE ARE LIKE ñ LIKE OKAY, YOU WANT TO MAKE SURE
YOU DON’T STAND OUT. WHY? WHO AM I KIDDING? I’M NOT FROM TAIWAN. I’M AN AMERICAN. I STARTED TURKEY WHEN I WAS
YOUNGER, I’D WEAR AMERICAN CLOTHES. I’D WEAR LIKE, A PINK SHIRT. AND I WAS ALWAYS KIND OF A BIG
GUY IN A RIVER ONE GUY SAYS TO HIS FRIEND AS I’M WALKING BY,
YOU KNOW, LOOK AT THE GAY GUY ñ LOOK AT THE GAY AMERICAN AND
THE PINK T-SHIRT. AND I TURNED AROUND AND SAID
TO HIM IN TURKISH, YOU’RE PROBABLY NOT TALKING ABOUT ME
RIGHT? HE’S LIKE, I DIDN’T KNOW! I
DIDN’T KNOW! I’M SO SORRY! YOU KNOW, BECAUSE IF
YOU SPEAK TO ñ IF YOU COULD SPEAK TURKISH THAT
MEANS ARE DEFINITELY NOT GAY. NO, NO, I JUST LIKED BUSTING
HIM. YEAH, THAT’S AWESOME, THAT’S
HAPPENED TO ME SO MANY TIMES WITH ARMENIANS. THEY NEVER THINK I’M ARMENIAN. ONE TIME I WAS AT A CLUB AND
IT WASN’T DRESSED NICELY ENOUGH FOR THE CLUB APPARENTLY,
AND A GROUP OF GIRLS WERE TALKING ABOUT WHAT I WAS
WEARING. AND IT WASN’T AS NICE, I SPOKE
TO THEM IN ARMENIAN BUT I SAID HARSHER THINGS. BUT OVERALL THOUGH, IF THEY KNOW
YOU’RE FROM AMERICA, SO WHAT? YOU ARE FROM AMERICA. I DON’T KNOW, I WANT TO BE LIKE
PART OF THE COMMUNITY YOU KNOW? I WANT TO MIX IN. PEOPLE DON’T LIKE TOURISTS. LIKE, I DON’T LIKE TOURISTS. WHEN I’M ON HOLLYWOOD AND
HIGHLAND AND YOU SEE PEOPLE LIKE, STOPPING IN THE MIDDLE OF
REALLY HEAVY FOOT TRAFFIC TO TAKE PICTURES OF THE STUPID
HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME IT DRIVES ME CRAZY. WHY ñ WHO CAME UP WITH THE IDEA TO DO
THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME? WHO? I WANT TO KNOW. OBVIOUSLY SOMEBODY SMART BECAUSE
IT DREW ALL THAT TOURISM AND THEY MADE ALL THAT MONEY. DO YOU KNOW HOW MAY TIMES I’VE
RUN INTO SOMEONE BECAUSE I WILL BE WALKING AND ALL OF A
SUDDEN OUT OF NOWHERE THEY WOULD JUST LITERALLY STOP
TAKE A PICTURE? I HEAR YOU, BUT MAYBE YOU SHOULD
GET USED TO THAT ON THAT PARTICULAR STREET. AND THEN SUPER FINALLY, I WILL
SAY I HAVE THE ANSWER TO LIKES TOURISTS. ME. WHEN I WAS SINGLE, OH, TOURISTS
WHO CAME TO MIAMI, COME AND SEE. I THINK A LOT OF GUYS FEEL THAT
WAY. OH ARE YOU KIDDING ME? YOUNG TURKISH GUYS ALONG THE
WATER? WHEN THE EUROPEAN TOURISTS COME. OH OH, COME TO PAPA, COME TO
PAPA.

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