Part of being a seasoned traveller is learning to be observant and open to one’s surroundings. It’s not easy. All too often the sights, sounds and smells can become ovewhelming and processing one’s surroundings can be a difficult task. I’ve found that a small little practice that helps keep me in tune with my surroundings is keeping an eye out for amusing signage and grafiti. Part of the fascination comes from the power that language has on visual comprehension. The way a sign communicates a message through illustration can take on a whole other meaning and tone when cultural and linguistic context is absent. For example:
If you ever find yourself in Ljubljana and Robo Cop warns you to STOP!? You listen to Robo Cop.
In Plitvice National Park in the heart of Croatia, this area is reserved for people who are holding their pee while daydreaming about dumpsters.
In the Julian Alps, it is totally acceptable to play in the street with out pants, in front of small children, in oncoming traffic.
Put your pants on, you’re in a pants zone!
Often, the best one’s are a translation error or bizarre association of words?
Please! Munich Airport would like you to just take Asia away? Also, I love the woman unabashadly wearing the Brunhelda helmet.
I’m not sure a “SLO Watch” is a great brand name for watches. However, Slovenes do have their own time zone…
Our focus group found this flavor of ice cream to be very popular among the male population in Mostar, Bosnia.
At other times, you’re just flat out bewildered…
Nothing sounds more intimate and romantic than taking someone else’s kids out together! I would have expected more from the French Aristocracy…
I’ll always regret missing out on Compton Dance.
So, let me make sure I’m getting this right: The owls in Ljubljana may seem racists but they aren’t, but they are into white pride?
Wait, Rouen. You have it out of order. First comes whiskey, THEN comes foetus and then baby. #HealthScienceGraduate
Although they are relatively unknown in their home country, the New York Redskins have quite the following in Strasbourg! Still not sure what sport they play…
Sometimes it’s seemingly offensive or trite?
It’s nice to know that Cal State East Bay provides adequate childcare for students on campus. Except on Mondays.
I’ve been fortunate to have the priveledge of shopping here for nearly three years now!
Perhaps the inspiration for the Flight of the Concords melody. Or perhaps it’s a thing and I’m that ignorant. At any rate, enjoy a delicious meal here if your’e ever in Arles, France.
In the heart of Strasbourg. Also home to the European Union!
Sorry Kardashians and Honey Boo Boo. The rest of the world knows where it’s at.
And sometimes you’ll get unsolicited advice.
Keep on skanking, guys! You can do this!
So true. But then sometimes, after too much, Salsa doesn’t fit my pants.
Some require not caption at all.
San Francisco, CA.
Ahhh! You got me, Trieste!
Some know your soul.
When isn’t it time to eat? – Seattle, WA.
Unlimited Milk? This party is gonna be off the hook- Ljubljana, Slovenia
As far as cults go, this one seems fairly harmless. – Bayeux, France in Normandy
I’m rusty on my Greek and Aramaic. And Hungarian. And by rusty, I mean, I know nothing. But, I hope to add to this quirky collection in the coming weeks. In the mean time, please share yours with me!