It is quite an art not to look like a tourist. SO’s way is the complete ‘dude’-look, including flip-flops, shorts, and bandana. Also no shaving, saves time.
This look can easily be mistaken for the Pirate Pete look. It may well be because SO utters “Har!”,at every convenient and inconvenient moment he can. Irregularly changed to the double ‘Har! Har!’. This means the Kiwi’s are less easily confused and became clear suring the following conversation while having breakfast in a Taupo cafe.
man-behind-counter: “M’rning mate, how you’re doing t’day?”
dutch dude: “Doing great. And you?”
man: “Bloody fine. You ‘ere for the Ironman? ”
Ironman is a triathlon type: a 5km swim, 150 km biking and a 42 km run. Or something similar. These are people that think 42m by car is quite far, But you know if the looks are good the race is ready.
Tonight sportspaghetti instead of the local fry up. Har!