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.
A billboard in Yerevan, Armenia recognizing the Armenian Genocide, by comparing Hitler to Turkey’s Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.
McDonalds of course is everywhere.
Bosnia and Herzegovina
A sign warning of mines, a leftover from the brutal war.
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.
Sarajevo brags that they have the oldest WC, marked by this sign.
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.
The same office building, but a different sign. Here they are apparently in fear of French fries.
A very sobering sign at the Killing Fields in Phnom Penh.
Another sign, reminding us of a tragic past.
How to wear a helmet, a sign at a school.
It is very commonplace to see communist propaganda in Cuba. This was is celebrating the revolution with of course, ballet.
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.
An Ethiopian stop sign.
An elite condom.
A billboard advertising the opportunity to feed a hyena. Only for the brave.
Obama owns a restaurant in Addis Ababa?
This is a well-known symbol of Berlin. This is “man” is a holdover from communist Berlin.
A billboard of a Russian soldier marking Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin.
Greenland which is part of Denmark is patrolled and protected by the Danish military.
Not a reassuring sign in Hong Kong.
Again watch out for monkeys.
It looks like they have everything covered.
Recognizing the terrorist attacks November 26 in Mumbai.
Not a reassuring sign in Tehran if you are an American.
A warm welcome in Iran.
One of the most common signs that you will see throughout the world, with a little twist, Farsi.
A warning sign in a subway in Tehran, informing women to be careful with their chador.
A poorly translated sign in Iran.
A surreal sign during my visit to Erbil, Iraq. The front line is only an hour’s drive to Mosul, where ISIS is fighting.
If you have been to Penang in Malaysia you will be familiar with this street artwork.
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.
These two images are ubiquitous. These are the dear leaders – Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-Il.
This sign in Singapore perfectly sums up Singapore’s commitment to order and politeness.
Many signs in unrecognized Somaliland, ask for recognition from the world community.
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.
Not mincing any words in a South Korean barbecue restaurant, cook your food or you are going to get violent diarrhea.
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!
Some basic gun safety rules when leaving and entering this small village in Svalbard.
Thai seals at the zoo!
Factory worker warning signs in an abandoned factory in unrecognized Transnistria.
Unrecognized country, Transnistria, proudly showcasing their communist chops.
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.
A sign to put you at unease. Radiation! A warning sign in Chernobyl in Ukraine.
Another sign in Chernobyl warning of radiation.
Did you ever eat pho?
There are many communist signs throughout Vietnam.