When you spend 17+ months on A Great Journey around the world, you see all kinds of stuff.
Beautiful landscapes, shocking driving habits, incredible architecture, an insane amount of stray dogs, ancient temples and pyramids, amazing animals, presidential speeches, a random In-N-Out in Ethiopia; the list goes on.
Some of the things you see scare you.
Modern Coast bus drivers running cars off the road. Honey badgers & elephants at your tent in the middle of the night. An angry silverback gorilla pounding his chest 3 meters away. The essay prompt on the FSOT. The price of avocados in New Zealand.
Like Gelada monkeys at sunset, Bag End, a negative malaria test, someone pulling over when you’re hitchhiking, single-rider line signs at Tokyo Disney, a leopard stalking near your car door, and garbage trucks (and Chelawasi!) in Arequipa.
Anger was warranted at times.
It was hard to stave off at the Apartheid & District Six Museums, upon seeing poacher tracks, at the Atomic Bomb dome in Hiroshima, and when looking at my watch while the adhan was blasting in Lilongwe. It was four a.m.
And then there are those that make you laugh; sometimes aloud, other times internally because you’re clearly immature, yet too mature to do the former. Or they were so great they warrant props.
That’s what this post is all about.
Bad translations, stereotypos, sage life advice, misspellings, warnings, great ads, misplaced murals, and sacrilegious (for some, not me) signs are all part of this short list of the best things I saw while on A Great Journey.
Some you’ll get right away, others require translation, and one will be understood only by Seattleites. Enjoy!