'The foreigner sees only what he knows.'
This is an exercise on the subtle conflict between "looking" and "seeing".
Based upon personal experiences and the realization of the inherent and unavoidable biases of perception, the semblance of reality and what it stands for can only be trusted with caution. Facing an alien environment, it is unsettling to realize the vast amount of preconceptions, visualizations and simplifications stored in our minds. It is almost impossible to shake them off and even more baffling to question the need of it. A perverse illusion of continuity is firmly embedded in our brains and any conflict with the observed will be explained away.
The only solution seems to be the acknowledging of the counter-intuitive obvious: no matter how hard one tries to look, one can only see what he already knows.