When Rahim and I landed in China, we had no idea that we were going to become instant celebrities. Everywhere we went, people stopped to ask if they could take pictures with us. It was as if we had entered Bizarro World. Some people told us that it was the novelty of a new ethnicity, others said it was our height, but I think that people were likely mistaking us for Brad and Angelina….Yes?…No? 🙂
In any case, the first time it happened, we were standing in Tiananmen Square and getting ready to pose for a picture. A man passed by and offered to help take the picture. He then asked if his daughter could be in the picture with us! We didn’t quite know what to say, except yes and then smiled for our “family” shot!
Soon after, I was waiting for Rahim to take some pictures of the Forbidden City gate, when a woman approached me and pointed at her camera. I assumed she wanted me to take a picture of her, so I nodded and smiled and the next thing I know, she started jumping and shrieking and passed her camera to her husband to take a photo of the two of us! The photo with just her, slowly became a photo of 5 as each member of her family joined into the shot. It was pretty hilarious and I stood stunned, but smiling! The funny thing is that Rahim found this so amusing and started taking pictures of all of this happening to me and while he was doing that, others were standing off to the side and trying to subtly take pictures of him! This went on for our entire visit and Rahim even interviewed for a TV show. I’m ashamed to say that we enjoyed it just a little. But don’t worry, we haven’t let this new found fame go to our heads. We are still the same old Bob and Rayma 😉