Saturday, 6 September 2008

A week in Sardinia...

...Or what it's like to holiday in Southern Europe as a black couple.

So shall I start this with a bit of a rant? Or maybe point out the good bits first? The scenery, the food, the beaches that was all lovely.
But then....How come it is still possible in 2008 to travel to certain places and get looked up and down, sometimes with surprise, sometimes with just plain disgust, just because you are black?? I mean fuck! In 2006 we had already had a few stares when we went to Mallorca and also Florence, but nothing compared to this.Why are some people such bigots?

It didn't spoil the holiday majorly because we still had fun, but it has certainly curbed our enthusiasm for Mediterranean vacations for a while.
Next year, we'll go Ghana!

9 comments:

Ro! said...

I know exactly what you mean!It's happened to me too. It's a shame that some people are so ignorant. Just ignore them! It really looks like a beautiful holiday location!

Sapphire Island said...

i'm mixed race and i got a few stares when i went to berlin which shocked me until i saw a verbal racist attack in the street and i realized that a lot of people are idiots.
go to ghana! not even kidding, it's an awesome place. my uncle and his family live there and i wrote a screen play set there too. love it.

lazydisco said...

-ro: yeah i think we tried to rise above it and just enjoy our holiday..you're right it's still a very beautiful place.

-sapphire island: shit and i thought berlin was actually the only place that seemed ok since we had received any funny looks there!
but yeah i'm really looking forward to the ghana trip!

Nat&Dieg said...

that sucks Karine!!!but you find idiots everywhere ! when I went to Spain this last time I was stared at (for wearing shorts at 35 degrees)on a daily basis and a random man on the beach made fun of me out loud for being too pale...wtf? small towns suck ...if you are not what they think is average your fucked.

Taryn "Skinny Genes" B. said...

wow. I can relate to the whole "black thing".

but it Looks like you had a really wonderful time.

Miss Woo said...

That's awful! I hate it when that happens. I remembered going to an outer part of Wales once and people look at me like I'm the last unicorn, since I'm the only Chinese person in town 0_o

lazydisco said...

-taryn: well we figured out we might as well make the most of it, since these idiots were not gonna change their minds overnight...hopefully when we have kids and they get older, things will be easier for them!

-miss woo: sometimes it makes you think, don't these people ever watch tv??
but seriously,we're so used to live around any kind of nationality and in a place where no-one gives a shit that when things like that happen it's really shocking. small town mentality eh...

AfroK said...

Contente que tu aies passé un bon séjour quand même.
Ton anecdote m'a fait penser à un truc qui m'est arrivé récemment à Rennes... genre en FRANCE quand même !! Je passe avec l'Homme, une femme me dévisage de la tête aux pieds, elle nous dépasse, me toise, je me retourne et elle était arrêtée au milieu du chemin à me regarder avec un air indescriptible... je lui ai demandé si on ne lui avait pas dit que de dévisager les gens était malpoli et que si elle n'avait jamais vu de noirs qu'elle devrait regarder la télé, il y en même un qui présente le 20h !!!
ça faisait lgtps que ça ne m'était pas arrivé...
36 15 MyLife, hey.. but you know,some people just suck !!!

lazydisco said...

c'est grave quand même non??ca me rappelle aussi le serveur du resto qui nous regarde de haut en bas et puis disparait sans nous donner une table..hmm...enfin,on serre les dents et essaie de passer au-dessus!