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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.

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Veijola, S. (2014). Towards Silent Communities. In: Disruptive Tourism and its Untidy Guests. Leisure Studies in a Global Era. Palgrave Macmillan, London. https://doi.org/10.1057/9781137399502_4

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