Signs You Do Not See At Home

Signs You Do Not See At Home.  Often when traveling overseas, I am amused, confused, and intrigued by signage that I come across.  Here are some signs I typically do not see back home.

Armenia

signs you do not see at home

A billboard in Yerevan, Armenia recognizing the Armenian Genocide, by comparing Hitler to Turkey’s Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.

Belarus

signs you do not see at home

McDonalds of course is everywhere.

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Signs You Do Not See At Home

A sign warning of mines, a leftover from the brutal war.

Signs You Do Not See At Home

Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia, was subject to the longest siege of modern times.  It was subject to random shelling and artillery attacks on citizens.  These attacks are memorialized with signs throughout the city.

Signs You Do Not See At Home

Sarajevo brags that they have the oldest WC, marked by this sign.

Bulgaria

signs you do not see at home

This sign was outside of a small office complex.  Of course, we have seen many signs stating no smoking is allowed.  But croissants?  Is there an epidemic of people running around in Bulgaria leaving croissants in office buildings?  I thought this was a bit odd.

signs you do not see at home

The same office building, but a different sign.  Here they are apparently in fear of French fries.

Cambodia

signs you do not see at home

A very sobering sign at the Killing Fields in Phnom Penh.

signs you do not see at home

Another sign, reminding us of a tragic past.

Signs You Do Not See At Home

How to wear a helmet, a sign at a school.

Cuba

signs you do not see at home

It is very commonplace to see communist propaganda in Cuba.  This was is celebrating the revolution with of course, ballet.

Eritrea

signs you do not see at home

This took me a while to figure out … a couple with a dolphin.  After some investigation I discovered that the dolphin is a symbol for condoms in Eritrea.  So an advertisement, encouraging safe sex.

Ethiopia

Signs You Do Not See At Home

An Ethiopian stop sign.

Signs You Do Not See At Home

An elite condom.

Signs You Do Not See At Home

A billboard advertising the opportunity to feed a hyena.  Only for the brave.

Signs You Do Not See At Home

Obama owns a restaurant in Addis Ababa?

Germany

signs you do not see at home

This is a well-known symbol of Berlin.  This is “man” is a holdover from communist Berlin.

signs you do not see at home

A billboard of a Russian soldier marking Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin.

Greenland

Signs You Do Not See At Home

Greenland which is part of Denmark is patrolled and protected by the Danish military.

Hong Kong

signs you do not see at home

Not a reassuring sign in Hong Kong.

signs you do not see at home

Again watch out for monkeys.

India

signs you do not see at home

It looks like they have everything covered.

signs you do not see at home

Recognizing the terrorist attacks November 26 in Mumbai.

Iran

signs you do not see at home

Not a reassuring sign in Tehran if you are an American.

signs you do not see at home

A warm welcome in Iran.

signs you do not see at home

One of the most common signs that you will see throughout the world, with a little twist, Farsi.

signs you do not see at home

A warning sign in a subway in Tehran, informing women to be careful with their chador.

signs you do not see at home

A poorly translated sign in Iran.

Iraq

signs you do not see at home

A surreal sign during my visit to Erbil, Iraq.  The front line is only an hour’s drive to Mosul, where ISIS is fighting.

Malaysia

signs you do not see at home

If you have been to Penang in Malaysia  you will be familiar with this street artwork.

North Korea

signs you do not see at home

When visiting North Korea, you will be continually confronted by North Korean propaganda.  Here are fictionalized losses for the US and South Koreans.  This was part of a display at a hotel that I stayed at.

signs you do not see at home

These two images are ubiquitous.  These are the dear leaders –  Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-Il.

Singapore

Signs You Do Not See At Home

This sign in Singapore perfectly sums up Singapore’s commitment to order and politeness.

Somaliland

Signs You Do Not See At Home

Many signs in unrecognized Somaliland, ask for recognition from the world community.

Signs You Do Not See At Home

A sign greets visitors to the Hargeisa Airport, no khat (khad, quat) allowed. Khat is a mild narcotic chewed by many on the Horn of Africa.

South Korea

signs you do not see at home

signs you do not see at home

Not mincing any words in a South Korean barbecue restaurant, cook your food or you are going to get violent diarrhea.

Svalbard

Signs You Do Not See At Home

Svalbard is part of Norway.  And this is the northern most settlement of civilians in the world at 78 degrees.  Watch out for polar bears!

 

Signs You Do Not See At Home

Some basic gun safety rules when leaving and entering this small village in Svalbard.

Thailand

signs you do not see at home

Enough said.

signs you do not see at home

Thai seals at the zoo!

Transnistria

Signs You Do Not See At Home

Factory worker warning signs in an abandoned factory in unrecognized Transnistria.

Signs You Do Not See At Home

Unrecognized country, Transnistria, proudly showcasing their communist chops.

UAE

signs you do not see at home

During Ramadan, Muslims are required to fast from sunrise to sunset.  Non-believers are required to respect their traditions.  This notice reminds diners of the rules.

Ukraine

signs you do not see at home

A sign to put you at unease.  Radiation!  A warning sign in Chernobyl in Ukraine.

Signs You Do Not See At Home

Another sign in Chernobyl warning of radiation.

Vietnam

signs you do not see at home

Did you ever eat pho?

signs you do not see at home

There are many communist signs throughout Vietnam.

 

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2 thoughts on “Signs You Do Not See At Home

  1. Frank

    Love this post!! I always love different signs and laughed at the South Korean sign about diarrhea and well as the Bularian signs on Croissants and french fries. Weird.
    All interesting in different ways.
    Frank (bbqboy)

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