Towards Silent Communities

Part of the Leisure Studies in a Global Era book series (LSGE)


We wander around in a semi-urban neighbourhood as if we were a herd of reindeer. We have agreed to follow the set of instructions given to us: to keep silent, keep moving, turn off our mobile phones (and not peek at them even to check the time) and, most importantly, stay together. We are not supposed to choose a leader or a destination. In our backpacks we carry some ‘reindeer food’; we can stop to eat if we like. Our instructors accompany us at a short distance, playing the part of ‘reindeer dogs’, in neon-yellow vests, keeping track of the time and looking out for our safety should we happen to cross a road or encounter curious people who ask us what we are doing. The instructors would explain to them that we are, yes, pretending to be reindeer. One of them carries a reindeer bell, which tinkles as he walks, telling any of us at the head of the herd how far back the last reindeer is.


Potential Space Coming Community Tourist Experience Tourism Research Team Game 
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