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Still on Vacation!
image I don't know if these pictures are real, in the sense of whether they really show tourists sunning themselves while people try to clean up tsunami damage around them. Maybe the pictures were taken at some other time, in a totally different context. But they certainly look like tourists trying to act as if nothing happened while all around them is a wasteland. Unbelievable.
Categories: Photos/Videos
Posted by The Curator on Wed Jan 12, 2005
Comments (47)
Indeed, this photo is fake; however there are many others that are not. As written in many newspapers, current vacationers in Indonesia comment that "life must go on" and I feel have no respect for the dead or what has happened in that area. Some also tell the media that by them not vacationing there now, or postponing their already paid vaction, only damages or hurts the locals trying to earn a living. Unfortunately, they forget the fact that mourning is part of the healing process and and money is NOT everything.

So, let's not judge them too harshly...we should take comfort that their karma will deal with them accordingly.
Posted by Me  on  Fri Jan 14, 2005  at  05:08 AM
I don't know if the pictures are real or not. I hope they are. The last thing the survivors need is for the only source of commerce (the tourists), pack up and leave. If the "fat" Europeans are willing to stay and endure the mess, the smell, and the wrath of self-rightous critics, then more power to them.
Posted by James Edge  on  Fri Jan 14, 2005  at  11:40 AM
This doesn't actually surprise me, people suck in general. They are there for a vacation and the flood doesn't affect them all that much, in the grand scheme of things. What kind of a vacation is it if one has to clean all the time? That would suck.
I wish the country would just kick all the tourists out, though! raspberry Especially the ones acting like that, they need to go home.
Worst part is, they are most likely Americans. (as am I)
Posted by thephrog  on  Fri Jan 14, 2005  at  07:59 PM
If you look at the first photo of the large group of people (picture #4) you see that the beach is pretty much flat from where they are sitting all the way to the water. If you look at the second photo of the large group of people (picture #5) the workers in yellow hats appear to be walking on a lower level, you now can't see below their knees. And if you look at the garbage bag carried by the guy in the middle, the sand appears to make a right angle. Looks photoshopped to me.
Posted by Saribellum  in  Another Time  on  Sat Jan 15, 2005  at  12:00 AM
Whether the pics are real or not is not that interesting, as long as they very well could be. Phuket is THE place for many Scandinavians, and in the aftermath of the disaster there have been several interviews with - and comments on - people who go on with their vacation as if nothing had happened. Such interviews have been on national TV and radio, and in the press.

Some Norwegians, Swedes and Danes even set off a gigantic display of fireworks on New Years Eve. In Phuket! DOWN ON THE VERY EFFING BEACH! Their reason? "We're just trying to liven things up a bit!"...
Posted by Anders Svenneby  in  Norway  on  Sat Jan 15, 2005  at  09:39 PM
Btw; one family complained that their vacation had been TOTALLY RUINED by the tsunami, and to add insult to injury, their cell phones had been damaged by water!

Life can be tough sometimes...
Posted by Anders Svenneby  in  Norway  on  Sat Jan 15, 2005  at  09:48 PM
Why is it so unbelievable? This is life. People can be like this if they want. In all this negativity for these people remember that the areas affected by the tsunamis rely most on tourism as a source of income. If the tourists leave where will the locals be then?
Posted by Kingjiblo  in  Beijing  on  Sun Jan 16, 2005  at  09:11 AM
As someone who went through three hurricanes last year, inevitably life must go on. Each of the three hurricanes that hit here in Orlando came over the weekend. Each one left downed trees, no power, damaged or destroyed buildings, etc. but every Monday morning afterwards the majority of people were back at work. As soon as the airport was inspected and the runways inspected, flights began coming and going. As soon as Disney and the other theme parks were inspected, they reopened. You just have to pick up the pieces and continue on with your life. The Monday after all three hurricanes I'd get up (whether I had power or not), get in my car, dodge the downed trees or power lines or pieces of houses in the road, and make my way into work. The tourists were flying down here on the first available flights and the city just swept up the streets, put tarps on the roofs and continued chugging away. What other choice is there? You deal with the tragedy and then you have to move on. Its amazing how quickly life gets back to normal. Or at least some resemblance of normal.
Posted by Saribellum  in  Another Time  on  Sun Jan 16, 2005  at  02:06 PM
Saribellum, I'm in Florida too..I would have gone to work the very next day, except our building's power was out. My brothers went over to the east coast to surf...things went back to normal pretty quickly. It was only the people whose homes were gone, or whose family members had been injured that were dealing with it after Monday.

If this is the only chance they have to take a vacation this year...let them take it. It's sad when a lot of people die in a single tragic incident...we can't all weep & gnash our teeth while wrenting our sack-clothes. Life goes on!
Posted by Maegan  in  Tampa, FL - USA  on  Mon Jan 17, 2005  at  04:14 PM
P.S. the comment about the cell-phones being damaged was pretty heartless though...they should have purchased the insurance.
Posted by Maegan  in  Tampa, FL - USA  on  Mon Jan 17, 2005  at  04:15 PM
Sorry, only german:
http://www.bild.t-online.de/BTO/news/2005/01/12/flut__gaffer/flut__gaffer.html
Posted by me  in  Germany  on  Tue Jan 18, 2005  at  06:05 PM
Ewww...

Fat man in a Speedo tongue laugh sick !!
Posted by Merianne  on  Thu Jan 20, 2005  at  01:41 AM
The top picture was featured on the front page of the Globe and Mail (Canada) on it's Jan 1st edition of the daily paper. Yes it's disgusting but not hard to believe considered how self-absorbed some people are. I actually heard someone a few weeks ago say "This Tsunami relief stuff is getting annoying."
Posted by shamus  on  Tue Jan 25, 2005  at  11:12 PM
i don't know if those photos are real or not, but i know what i saw in the news reports on tv here is Australia, in particular when a whole bunch of Aussie tourists went to the pub for new years to celebrate after the disaster, in particular one guy who said it was terrible but he was here to have a holiday and that they should just get over it. We also had mock fundraiser ads on the radio to raise money for "the poor tourists who had their holidays ruined" such as this woman "i couldn't even sunbathe on the beach because of the corpses, it was terrible!"
Posted by kiwi  in  Oz  on  Sun Feb 06, 2005  at  01:46 AM
It's probally very upseting for the volunteers to see these rich people on vacation. Seriously though if I paid to go on a vaction and A tsunami hit, and I survived.... I would drinking me a hieny' too.
Posted by C-Money  in  Tampa, Fl  on  Mon Feb 21, 2005  at  08:21 PM
See, it's true there are callous people (Example: C-money) who only think of themselves and see the misery of those around them as someone else's problem.
Posted by Shamus  on  Tue Feb 22, 2005  at  12:09 AM
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