Yep, we made it to Cape Town after 30 hours of planes and airports and shuttles and close connections, fought off jet lag (with the help of various caffeinated beverages), and spent a day roaming around with our camera. So this is yet another Cranky Fitness photo dump that will take a hundred f--king years to load if you don't have a fast internet connection. Sorry!
Oh, and remember how I just did the whole crappy droid test post so I figure out how to blog while traveling without internet? Such a brilliant move considering (a) my phone doesn't work here, and (b) the hotel has wireless so I can use my laptop. (Though when we join up with the Lobster's corporate sponsors in a few days, there is some mention of some sort of sim card thingy, so who knows, hastily blogged crappy camera phone shots may return at some point).
But the no-droid situation was actually an excellent development, because it forced us to drag out the real camera, which we just bought a new lens for, and try to figure out how to work the darn thing.
However, it brings up a difficult question I've been pondering, and the theme for this post since it doesn't seem to have much of one:
How do you capture a sense of a foreign destination without being a total asshole and pointing a camera at the people who live there?
Especially if you are just an annoying tourist and not a real photographer or anything?
Some possible ways to get around this:
Take a shot from the hotel window when you first wake up:
From the same window, The Lobster caught the creepy red fountain at the trendy red hotel next to us; we're assuming no actual bodies were dismembered to achieve the "matching color scheme" effect.
Faces on foreign currency don't mind being photographed, right? And they are always cooler than our dead green U.S. presidents.
And street performers expect people to take pictures so we're thinking they're fair game. (The Lobster caught these dancers as we passed on one of those dorky but useful hop-on, hop-off buses).
The cake below didn't mind a flattering photo, though I wanted extra credit for not cutting myself a slice, even though it was available for FREE in the hotel lounge--probably the only "high road" dietary decision made so far on this trip:
As does photographing obliging canines.
Scooters and restaurants don't object to photos:
And of course photos of oneself next to an indecipherable sign which could be about something gay or could be about doughnuts for all we know is ok I'm thinking.
But dang, it sure is tempting to be obnoxious and point that camera at the folks around us...
And my personal favorite--I think it was payday for the parking marshalls:
And sorry, more photos to come after some more adventures... Miss you guys and can't wait to catch up with what's going on with y'all!
So what do you like to take pictures of when you travel far from home?