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A bit of a freestyle page highlighting some of the humour and weirdness across the globe, plus things lost in translation, with first-up being a great piece of guidance in Sudan...

 

sudan441Love it! Posters on the bathroom walls explain how to use a western style toilet. Not sure what's wrong with top-right but haven't got a clue what's going on bottom-right - Port Sudan, Sudan

 

sudan388sudan381Chicken police hunt and OMG Sudan - Posters in Port Sudan, Sudan

 

kaliningrad62I love this cute little sculpture outside a shop on Leninsky pr - Kaliningrad, Russia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

busingen105Never seen this before - happy cows, happy milk! The cows were loving this automated massager at the farm below Restaurant Waldheim, a few metres outside Büsingen am Hochrhein, Germany

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

albania565'Drink beer and feel better'. Don't think this has been approved by the health authorities - Drymades, Albania

 

pa5Another drinks slogan, the Pepsi advert tickles me - with Navid and friends in Gujrat, Pakistan

 

wales1395A very cute bike hire ad next to the River Colwyn - Beddgelert, Wales

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales1396 And another! This one's outside the Royal Goat Hotel - Beddgelert, Wales

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sudan458cNo speedometer (or any gauge for that matter), rusting floor exposing the tarmac below, a bonnet tied down with rope, cracked windscreen, massive oversteer, dashboard equipment fell off, no seatbelts. But the brakes worked, so we booked this driver several times.. - Port Sudan, Sudan

 

sudan521A different take on a traffic jam. Well over a hundred camels block our coach to Wad Medani, Sudan

 

Baarle Hertog, as it's called in Belgium, is a Belgian town wholly surrounded by the Netherlands. But on closer inspection it has seven Dutch counter-enclaves within it. What a mess! The Dutch call their bit Baarle Nassau, which includes an eighth Dutch enclave just over the border in Belgium proper.

 

baarle63This is the most famous of all Baarle properties. The border goes right through the front door! Baarle, Netherlands & Belgium

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

azerbaijan38I didn't take a bath but admired the wonderfully kitsch atmosphere, like being transported to a surreal Hollywood film set - see the Stalin picture among the lamps, signs and statues - Baku, Azerbaijan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

kaliningrad324Obama Pizza! Any copyright infringement here? Kaliningrad, Russia

 

sudan119aA photo bombing camel steals the limelight and at Naqa, Sudan

 

albania618Haha, brilliant, the Messi resemblance is so bad it's good! A souvenir shop in Vlora, Albania

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

kaliningrad335Welcome to Zelenogradsk! Kaliningrad, Russia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SudancrispsGood Time crisps, made in Sudan

 

baarle48And the border continues along the shop floor: Red, yellow and black for Belgium and the Dutch colours of blue, white and red. Separate cash tills catered for the pre-Euro days of the Belgian Franc and the Dutch Guilder. The Belgian and Dutch cash tills remain - Baarle, Netherlands & Belgium

 

azerbaijan43A clever design for the Carpet Museum, which houses an extensive collection of Azerbaijani carpets and rugs - Baku, Azerbaijan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

dprk659It's all about timing and I got this one spot on. A child mimics the Kims, providing us foreigners some on-the-spot guidance beneath the Workers' Party of Korea monument - Pyongyang, North Korea

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

kaliningrad339Coffee shop at the bus station - Zelenogradsk in Kaliningrad, Russia

 

azerbaijan67Love the plant pots! - Baku, Azerbaijan

 

azerbaijan68Just can't think what restaurant this reminds me of.. - Baku, Azerbaijan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales1560The museum village of Portmeirion, Wales, which Sir William-Ellis created in north Wales but with an Italian style, also collecting sculptures, statues and other decorative paraphenalia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales1240This must be one of the most photographed train station signs in the world! The longest name in Europe and the second (or third?) in the world is Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch. Phew. Below the name is a guide to pronunciation

 

wales1745A challenge to Llanfair PG is this one, a stop on (another!) steam railway at Fairbourne, Wales

 

china539Lights come on at the tacky but amazing International Ice & Snow Festival in Harbin, China

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

kosovo2Does Rita know about this?! British-based singer Rita Ora was born in Pristina as Rita Sahatçiu - Prizren, Albania

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales1874I love this smiling Welsh dragon adorning a mobile dentist unit - Corwen, Wales

 

deadseanoticeQuality advice at the Amman Beach Resort, Jordan

 

kaliningrad296Brilliant! While in the park I stumbled across the Upside Down House - Kaliningrad, Russia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

kaliningrad303And yes everything is topsy turvy inside too - Kaliningrad, Russia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

uzbek521Fooled! Keep an eye out for cardboard police cars, which have flashing lights at night. They're all over the country - Nukus to Moynaq, Uzbekistan

 

neth62The true definition of 'sunbed' - Scheveningen, Den Haag, Netherlands

 

belgium622Try unwrapping that! A Christmas present in the Grote Markt - Kortrijk, Belgium

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

austria177Pinocchio takes a well earned rest from all that lying - Vienna, Austria

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

gab10I went for a style from the top row (not sure which one though) - sign outside a barber's shop, Libreville, Gabon

 

gab40Taking the 4x4's across the lagoon to Loango National Park, Gabon

 

gab42..While we travel in a bit more comfort.. Loango National Park, Gabon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

transdniestrnote4The current version of the Transnistrian Ruble was introduced in 2000, following years of rampant inflation. It's now stabilised but the currency is useless outside its borders.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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