We're at our most vulnerable when we take on the role of tourist. If we aren't cheated by unscrupulous travel agents and tour guides, we have all the discomforts, dangers, and pitfalls of our chosen mode of travel to look forward to. We make our way through territory unfamiliar to us, places where we may not speak the language or understand the local customs and culture — with disastrous results. And who knows what might be lurking in those souvenirs we innocently cart home from abroad ...
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