Don’t do local politics (when abroad)

Don't do politics

We don’t do local politics when abroad, for many reasons but mainly because we don’t want to rock the boat or upset the people who are hosting us in their country.

After our diving exploits in Kota Belud last week we had to return to Kota Kinabalu where the idyllic lifestyle came back down to earth with a bump.

This part of our vlog was recorded back in April, but rather than skip it and bring you closer to real time, we thought it important to talk about the problem which, in one form or another, comes up regularly when you travel.

We didn’t talk publicly about the precarious situation we were in at the time because we didn’t want to rock the boat.

Tip for successful travel in ‘different’ and unknown countries: just smile, nod and do as you are told. And make local friends.

Although some of the occasions over here during the pandemic have been precarious, we have remained positive. Developing good friendships with local people has been our saviour, and while most other tourists were kicked out we were able to have a dialogue with the authorities with the backing of those friends.

In this episode, which includes a beautiful underwater sequence, Jamie talks about the Olympus Tough TG5 and how he has found ways to get the best out of it when trying to shoot under water.

Here’s to a happy and successful September for everyone!

Watch the full video here…

Thanks for popping along to read our blog
Peace and fair winds!
Liz and Jamie

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One Comment on “Don’t do local politics (when abroad)”

  1. The problem with all these clearly bias social networks is: There is hardly any alternative! What would you do without YouTube? What if all your friends use FB?

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