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Damn Tourists

Tourists can at times seem like nothing more than a nuisance. But how often do we really even try to understand them? How often do we walk a mile—stopping every two minutes to ask for directions—in their shoes? The Times' Liz Robbins set out to find the New York City they can, and do, show you in guide books by becoming a tourist herself. The results are amusing. "He asked for a picture — with me and my photographer — so he could tell his friends that a New York Times reporter had been looking for the Japanese perspective on New York. It was all very meta." [NYT]