Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Sizing Up the Tourist; A Desperate Attempt to Fit in the Crowd Leaves Me Feeling Smaller Than My Worth

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Sizing Up the Tourist; A Desperate Attempt to Fit in the Crowd Leaves Me Feeling Smaller Than My Worth

Article excerpt

ANY female tourist who is above average height and weight will have trouble buying clothes or shoes in much of Asia.

Itas all about the a[approximately]petitea word there.

I am what womenas magazines euphemistically (but futilely) call a[approximately]plus sizea so I donat even bother browsing in Asia.

Even the one-size-fits-all t-shirts at the markets laugh at my bulk if I dare try them on.

Europe is more big-lady-friendly, although I think France and Italy have yet to catch on enthusiastically to the a[approximately]plus sizea notion.

I still cringe at the time in Florence at its San Lorenzo leather markets where stall after stall contained genuine leather (almost assuredly fake) jackets in luscious colours: fairy-floss pink, iceberg white and pastel blue.

One stall owner, desperate to make a sale after I showed interest in a mauve number, assured me he could fit me even though I guaranteed him he could not.

After rummaging through every jacket on his stall, he dived into a pile of boxes behind him and surfaced triumphantly with an XL size, waving it victoriously at me and insisting on helping me try it on. …

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