Wednesday, October 7, 2015

The Grass Is Always Greener On the Other Side (Or At Least More Amusing)

At the risk of stating the obvious, one of my favorite things about traveling is discovering the things that are different. I love visiting new places to experience a new culture, food and language but it’s the small everyday things that are truly fascinating to me. 
For example, the eye exam chart in China. I mean, you knew it wouldn’t have the giant “E” but didn’t you think it would at least include Chinese characters?
Chinese eye chart
Here’s an Amazon prime shipment in Guangzhou, China. This driver must have amazing balance.
Chinese Amazon Prime
Here’s a bathroom sign at a McDonald’s in Thailand. The poor girl is in dire need of a potty.
Part of the menu board also at the McDonald’s in Thailand. Just think about it, the air is crisp, the leaves are changing, it’s time for some… tuna pie!
McDonalds menu Thailand
One of my favorite places to visit when I’m traveling is the grocery store. For someone who hates grocery shopping at home, it’s an unlikely choice but you never know what treasures you’ll find at an overseas grocery store! (Plus, novelty grocery store items make great souvenirs. Ever had a green tea Oreo?)

Last year we were in  Xi’an China. We’d just finished visiting the Terracotta Warriors with a tour guide. We were supposed to go to a park but the weather turned unexpectedly nasty. He offered up alternative cultural destinations. We nixed all of those and asked him to take us grocery shopping instead.

It was an enlightening experience all-around. The guide told us he never goes to the grocery store because the prices are too high. Instead he and his family shop at local markets so he was just as content as we were wandering the aisles remarking on the wares and their prices. 

At one point I was looking for the Asian snack Pocky and couldn’t find it. I asked him where it was but he wasn’t familiar with it. Later he admitted that he’d looked it up in an online translator and it had told him that it was a jail. Apparently, the word had translated “pokey.”

We all had a good chuckle and this little snack aisle moment became one of the highlights of our trip.

What’s your best that’s-not-how-we-do-it-at-home experience?

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