Wednesday, 10 January 2007
The ABC tour of Birmingham
ABC tour stands for: Another Bloody Church tour – and I’m really glad I went on that tour of Birmingham. I thought it is the specifics of just Armenian tourism industry to overkill tourists with the endless row of churches.
Still, the tour guide was really good! Not like most of the Armenian guides I’ve seen. I mean – the guy really knew everything he was doing, saying. He was capturing the attention, playing with us – the tourists, a brilliant sense of humour with a spice of his own saying every other minute: “Ugh! Those Englishmen!!!.” I guess until we train a generation tour-guides like that guy – our tourism won’t stand a chance…
One of the fun observations he made – was the differentiation between the tourists and visitors. Visitors pretend they’re interested – tourists don’t :) …so I tried to play the visitor part, but kept taking a bunch of photos in between, which – considering my dark hair and heavily Armenian face (i.e. rather close to Arabic) was potentially not a very smart thing to do. So – even the winter season, rain and rather unpleasant wind didn’t spoil the walking tour lasting about 3 hours… the tour was really interesting – although, now as I come to think of it – we didn’t see anything really worth spending 3 hours of tourist attention on. Still – it was presented so well – that I would readily go on another tour of Birmingham!
Armenian tourism industry – LEARN, LEARN, LEARN!!!