Quote Originally Posted by JStrickPhoto, post: 245212
It was so nice to visit a country and NOT be a tourist. You tend to blend in better and get treated better too!
That is so very true.
I recall visiting the Pyramids at Giza on one of my numerous trips to Egypt and I was escorted by a guy I knew from the factory where we were doing some work.
While all other foreigners were being hassled left right and centre by locals offering their services as guides or selling cheap touristy items, we passed along totally unhindered which made for a much more pleasant experience. [I was also allowed into some adjacent tombs which had locked gates to prevent access by the public at large thanks to my companion knowing one of the guards.]