Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Huddled masses yearning to breathe free

Huang C.K. asked me what I thought of this . It's a new "8 Day Eat Pray Love Tour" organised by a Chinese travel agency.

First things first, it's hardly new. Tour operators have been milking the EPL cow for some time now. As a result, hotel rates on the island are reportedly up 57% this year. How much of these boomtown dollars go to the Balinese (as opposed to foreign villa owners and Jakarta conglomerates)? Anybody's guess.

This one here had me LMAO, promising you'll "enjoy Bali like (Liz Gilbert) did, like a native..." Ya-huh.

They've got all their bases covered. The itinerary offers "all the benefits of traveling solo, with all the peace of mind of a group!" And if you scroll all the way down, you'll find this honest disclaimer:

Elizabeth Gilbert will not be leading this trip. Julia Roberts has probably never even heard of xxxx xxxx Tours. Javier Bardem will not marry you. Richard from Texas will not give you advice. James Franco will definitely not make out with you.

"Eat, Pray, Love", the bible for First World problems, has unleashed millions of blind followers bent of filling personal voids - real or imagined - by retreading another's footsteps. Here's a vid of a woman living vicariously through the palm reader Gilbert found solace from:

Navel-gazing is big business, even if it's really Gilbert's navel you're staring at.


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