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Say What?? Travel Photo: Meal Urn?

Point your meal urn

“Point your meal urn.” It’s quite a straightforward sentence that quite frankly makes absolutely no sense in English, especially when you take in to consideration that it’s the name of a restaurant!

I have to wonder what the intention here is. I mean…urn? Ye olde dictiornary says that “urn” is a noun and is “a vessel that is typically an ornamental vase on a pedestal and that is used for various purposes (as preserving the ashes of the dead after cremation)” or ” a closed vessel usually with a spigot for serving a hot beverage <a coffee urn>.”

Neither of these definitions particularly fit the name of a restaurant, so let’s assume perhaps that the restaurateur actually intended to say “plate.” “Point your meal plate here.” Sounds like the name of a classy buffet, right?

Such a bizarre title comes from the touristy little town of Shangri-La, formerly known as Zhongdian (it was renamed to attract more tourists), located in China’s Yunnan Province, quite close to the Tibetan border (hence the text in English, Tibetan and Chinese). I spent a full week in Shangri-la, though not on purpose, as I was sick the entire time I was there, which culminated in a trip to the Chinese Emergency Room!

The good news is that I had plenty of opportunities to wander the streets of the “old town” admiring all the wonderful signage available. Sadly, I never did sample the “meal urn” restaurant, as, quite frankly, I had visions going through my mind about the most common definition of “urn.” Ashes of deceased people and animals? No thank you!

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By Aaron

Hey there! I'm Aaron and this is my travel site, where I document my adventures to all corners of the world. My love for travel started at the ripe old age of four, when a midlife crisis uprooted my family to Ecuador for five years. Since then, I've been to countries on 4 different continents. When I'm not blissfully on the road, I reside in New York City, where I become the ultimate travel junkie and spend my days dreaming up my next great adventure! Read More...

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