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It is true that once you step off a plane and into a poorer, fundamentally different world, that your life can change in a profound way, but this is by no means a certainty.
Many people step off that plane but are still in the world they just came from, a world that they will never leave. Imagine looking with horror at a local man, a man whose eyes shine with values you cannot comprehend, imagine the relief when you see another traveller - one of your own. This is the reality for many people who delude themselves that they are experiencing the larger world by clinging to each other in a foreign land for a few months. These people cannot wait to get home, get their photos developed and show their friends pictures of exotic looking people who they never met, and secretly captured them on film, in much the same way one takes pictures on safari.
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