11.09.2010 0 °F
I've only been good with 1 of 3 dos and donts (see first post), the greeting part. I've already discussed communism with several Chileans here and that turned out fine though. I couldn't take pictures of the indigenous in Patagonia because the invasive species known as Europeans gave their diseases to the indigenous and they all died out. However, the indigenous in the Atacama are still living so I had a chance to do my best as a National Geographic geek. I've tried to photograph the Emo kids here but I haven't been successful because the Emo kids just don't care and won't pose for photos they're just too damn into their emotions.
Anyways, I was in a pueblo in the Andean plateau and tried to snap a picture of an indigenous woman but she saw my gigantic camera and darted back into the dwelling. I did get a photo though since my camera was faster than she was...success! I wanted more so I walked into the building where she was selling food. I pointed to my camera and then to the food she was selling and she shook her head in agreement. I went to compose the shot but quickly moved the lens up away from the food to try and capture her. She caught me red handed and pointed to a tin can and said something in Spanish. The Brazilian couple in our group translated and said she told me to tip her. I tipped her and I bought the giant piece of fried dough as well.
Oh our group was great and our guide Gino was great too. You can see Gino here in this picture. He is a carbon copy of Apollo Anton Ohno. See if you can find him in the picture here.