Prayer for Tourists   Leave a comment

I came across this little ode in our Kuala Lumpur hostel.  I though it very apt.

“Heavanly father, look down on us your humble, obedient tourist servants, who are doomed to travel this earth, take photographs, mail postcards, buy souvenirs and walk around in drip-dry underwear.

Give us this day divine guidance in the selection of our hotels, that we may find our reservation honourd, our rooms made up, and hot water running from the faucets.

We pray that the telephones work, and the operators speak our tongue.

Lead us, dear lord, to good, inexpensive restaurants where the food is superb, the waiters friendly and the wine included in the price.

Give us the wisdom to tip correctly in currencies we do not understand.  Forgive us for undertipping out of ignorance and overtipping out of fear.  Make the natives love us for what we are, and not for what we can contribute to their worldly goods.

Grant us the strength to visit the museums, the cathedrals, the palaces and castles listed as ‘musts’ in the Lonely Planet.

And if perchance we skip a historic monument to take a nap after lunch, have mercy on us, for our flesh is weak”

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Stefan Palmer


Posted 18/10/2011 by Stefan Palmer in Malaysia

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