17 March 2009

Lost (and humor) in translation

So, I have finally succumbed to the traveling bug that has been ailing me for quite some time now, and it's time to let the trip planning begin. To get started, here is a nice quote to set the mood and some funny signs seen while traveling, taken from travelpuppy. Enjoy!

"For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move; to feel the needs and hitches of our life more nearly; to come down off this feather-bed of civilisation, and find the globe granite underfoot and strewn with cutting flints."
- Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894), Scottish novelist, essayist and poet

Please to bathe inside the tub.
In a Japanese Hotel Room

Salad a firm's own make; limpid red beet soup with cheesy dumplings in the form of a finger; roasted duck let loose; beef rashers beaten up in the country people's fashion.
On the Menu of a Polish Hotel

The flattening of underwear with pleasure is the job of the chambermaid.
In a Yugoslavian Hotel

The lift is being fixed for the next day. During that time we regret that you will be unbearable.
In a Bucharest Hotel Lobby

To move the cabin, push button for wishing floor. If the cabin should enter more persons, each one should press a number of wishing floor. Driving is then going alphabetically by national order.
In a Belgrade Hotel Elevator

Visitors are expected to complain at the office between the hours of 9 and 11 A.M. daily.
In a Hotel in Athens

We take your bags and send them in all directions.
In a Copenhagen airline ticket office.

Would you like to ride on your own ass?
Advertisement for donkey rides in Thailand.

You are invited to take advantage of the chambermaid.
In a Japanese Hotel

You are welcome to visit the cemetery where famous Russian and Soviet composers, artists, and writers are buried daily except Thursday.
In the Lobby of a Moscow Hotel Across from a Russian Orthodox Monastery

Dresses for street walking.
Outside a Paris dress shop

Do not enter the lift backwards, and only when lit up.
In a Leipzig Elevator

Drop your trousers here for best results.
In a Bangkok dry cleaner's

For your convenience, we recommend courageous, efficient self- service.
In a Hong Kong supermarket

It is not allow in the hotel room for guest participating in Illicit Arts, banging of firecrackers, gambling and wrestling.
Hotel Jincheng (Shenyang, China)

Ladies are requested not to have children in the bar.
In a Norwegian cocktail lounge

Ladies may have a fit upstairs.
Outside a Hong Kong tailor shop

Not to perambulate the corridors in the hours of repose in the boots of ascension.
In an Austrian hotel catering to skiers

Our wines leave you nothing to hope for.
On the Menu of a Swiss Restaurant

Please leave your values at the front desk.
In a Paris Hotel Elevator

P.S. Total non sequitur, but for you SoCal residents, Obama is coming to visit you! Bask in his awesomeness for me!

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