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Beach hawkers

INDONESIA | Wednesday, 16 July 2008 | Views [1726]

"A massage"
"a bracelet for your boy"
"Where are you from?"
"A kite mister?"
"You need car?"
Local street hawkers hassle you all the time trying to flog you crap. "Just ignore them Dad" said Riu; my 5 year old is cottoning on fast!
Even though it is a pain in the arse and I just want to be left alone, travel with children makes you a little more sympathetic than when I was younger. So these days I don't just wave them away like a pack of seagulls and take the time to explain to Riu that these are people with families and children ... just like us, trying to earn some money to put food on the table and money to pay for school.
It is worth taking the time to sit and ask them about their lives and their families and you can get a little insight into how they live and what things cost. Most have children, often of a similar age to Riu and Kai, who are at school from 7am until noon. From what I could hear, life isn't so bad: when they get home from school they aren't made to earn for the family but have a fairly carefree existence usually on boats or down the beach. Those we saw were having an absolute ball as perhaps most kids do everywhere given half a chance. Much as Fathers here at home and Dad's everywhere, their's were worrying about how to pay the local school fees of about $400 per year (I think).
Not that it stops them from trying to flog you stuff, but it does paint it in a slightly more sympathetic light.

Tags: beach, children, hassle, hawkers, people

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