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Great Travel Moment
Photography is a sensitive issue in Guatemala. I found this to be especially true in Antigua. The mere act of pointing my camera at a landscape sent locals into hiding.
Out of respect to their culture, tourists are strongly advised to ask for permission before taking a portrait. With so many locals scurrying away from me, the chances for a portrait appeared bleak until I bumped into this woman selling homemade scarves on a street corner.
I smiled meekly. She stared at my camera. After a few seconds of awkward silence I mustered up enough courage to ask if I could take her picture.
She grinned slyly and said, “Yes, if you buy some of my scarves.” Next thing I know, I had piles of scarves around my neck and arms, eight quetzals (about one dollar) left in my pocket and a beautiful portrait with a story to tell.