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Say What?? Travel Photo: Closet Pot

For starters, I would like to apologize for the blurriness of this image. In my defense, it’s not so easy to take stable images on a very unstable object! That is…a train. Yes, this picture comes to you direct from a bathroom on a Chinese sleeper train! (You know, that wonderful train ride I had […]

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Say What Travel Photo: Falling Snow

Behold…the following conundrum: “Be careful of slippery The careful roof falls the snow.” Read between the lines and you’ll see that they are in fact trying to tell you something along the lines of, “Be careful of a slick surface and the snow may fall off the roof.” Is the roof careful because when snow […]

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Say What?? Travel Photo: Steep Safety

Another day, another Chinese sign. And this marks the third bit of mangled English this week to come from the bizarre natrual landform that is “Moon Hill,” a hill near the Chinese town of Yangshuo with a circle in the middle. Previously this week, I’ve shown you “fresh blowed coffee”¬†from the cafe and a sign […]

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Say What?? Travel Photo: Coffee Talk

There’s nothing quite like the aroma of freshly brewed coffee. Especially in a little cafe off the side of a country road. Now put that cafe in China where people don’t even drink coffee very often and don’t speak a whole lot of English either. Add all that together and you get…this: That’s right folks. […]

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Say What?? Travel Photo: No Entry

“Passenger No Entry.” This simple phrase brings to mind something you’d see at an airport or bus station. But painted on a rock in the great outdoors? I think not! Leave it to the English-mangling sign painters in China’s Guangxi province to put this one out there. Found along a perfectly serene hiking trail on […]

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Say What?? Travel Photo: Viagra?

Viagra is big business here in the U.S. I mean, it’s hard to turn on the TV without seeing an ad for it or a related pill. Given it’s popularity, I wasn’t terribly surprised to see that Guangzhou (formerly known as Canton), one of the largest cities in China, has an entire hospital devoted to […]

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Say What?? Travel Photo: Church

Churches tend have some names that may seem weird to the uninitiated. Names that reference scripture or come from deep in ones faith. This I know. But on my chaotic bus ride down to the DC, I encountered a new kind of church sign that made me scratch my head… “About My Father’s Business…” Sure […]

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Say What?? Travel Photo: Lost Property

You know, when I started this series of amusing signs, my intention was to use signs from my travels abroad. After all, here in he U.S. all the signs make perfect sense because we’re all native English speakers, right?¬†Well, not quite… When I decided to take to the so-called Chinatown Bus from NYC to Washington […]