(image- flicker)Dear Tourists,
I understand that when you visit a city, let's say for instance, New York, you are there to sight-see. So you tend to walk much slower and in a zig-zagged pattern as your head turns left to right, up and down. I get this. You want to see the city that you've spent your hard earned money to come and visit.
Here's the thing though, It's were I work, shop, meet friends, make doctors appointments and generally need to get around town. So, here's my humble request:
1- If the sidewalk is narrow, walk single file. You do not need all five members of you family stretched across it forming a human snail crawl barrier. You'll make me late for the doctor.
2- If you want to stop and look at something, step to the side. There are people walking behind you. Then they bump into you and you proceed to shoot them a look of death. NOT COOL TOURISTS! So, no dead stops in the middle of the sidewalk please. We good?
3- Here's how we do things in this country, you walk on the right you pass on the left. The human traffic pattern is the same as the vehicle traffic pattern. This applies to almost any country. Look at what the cars do and when you walk do the same.
4- Ask us questions. When you smile and say please and thank you we'll be more than happy to help. We just look scary and mean (probably because we're frustrated having gotten stuck walking behind some bumbling tourists). Really though, we're quite nice.
ENJOY the city, it's lovely and there's no lack of things to look at. Also, feel free to spend lots of money here. We always appreciate it greatly.