Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Niagara Falls: the tourist trap

After living in New York for 2 years, I finally visited Niagara Falls. It was beautiful and very much the wonder that it is known as. I was expecting the skyscrapers and urban-like landscape. What I didn't expect was the mass of giant touristy stores and over-the-top attractions. It seems as through the entrepreneurs expect people to get bored with the natural landscape and go for more material goods. Glancing at the tourists around me, I believe that those entrepreneurs were on to something. Natural beauty just isn't enough for most folks. It was a mix of nature and culture. And not in a good way.

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