Is a Picture Worth a Thousand Words?
I have come to loathe people that have stopped making an effort to describe things, use adjectives, and relay a story.
But it’s become so easy to just stick an iPhone photo under someone’s nose and get the ooh’s and aah’s, why even bother force your conversing party to use their imagination muscles to conjure up an image of a fisherman town where you have fishermen going out on long wooden boats every morning and come back at night, greeted by all the townsmen that will help you tow in to shore, fishermen wives wearing tiaras and ball gowns made of colorfully printed local cotton gutting and flaying the fish as they come in, and an entire wooden boat building and engine repair operation behind the rows and rows of neatly organized fish drying on sheets of palm leaves In the background looking like a winery from afar.
But guess what?
Once we said a picture’s worth a thousand words, and sometimes it is still true. While I loathe the lazy, these were photos I shared via old fashioned text and emails, as every shot taken in the harbor town of Kayar looked like Cleopatra and Marcus Antonio sending the Egyptians to war, a scene so rich even BBC had to give up funding it.
And as part of our fully curated travel experience, we were introduced to a nice young man wearing a shirt with slacks rolled up, barefoot on the beach, speaking perfect English. When we asked if he was a fisherman, he politely told us that he was a government official. We asked about his English and he told us he studied in London.
I told him I was from Korea, and he displayed numerous facts about the fish they sent to Korea, the commerce they had with them, and pointed us towards a big painted sign that said Seoul Peche, Seoul Fisheries.
Lesson number three: if you meet a young government official in a town where you can only imagine you have gone back in time – where horse-drawn carts are not a tourist attraction but the main means of commerce and transport – and he speaks perfect English and says he has studied in London yet is barefoot with his compatriots fishing and gutting, take a photo with him and capture the moment. Appreciate the world, especially the good people who better it.
Image courtesy of NewsWhistle
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