Weird Things You Can See on Your Travels

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I’m sure each one of us has stumbled upon bizarre or surprising things abroad. Different habits, strange cuisines – they can all seem pretty normal to some cultures and to others weird and new. I remember that eating frogs legs in France or Cambodia seemed ridiculous to some of my friends but normal to me because I grew up eating them as there were a lot of Vietnamese restaurants around my neighbourhood.

During my time spent exploring the world I’ve seen many new things that were bizarre to me and I realized that other travelers will probably have a lot of fun stuff to contribute as well.

Weird things you can see on your travels

I’ll start with a weird, but funny scene I stumbled upon recently in Santa Monica, CA which I found hilarious. When a fire started at a hair salon, a woman getting a perm done continued with her hair treatment on the street next to the building like nothing was awry while firemen climbed the building.

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The show must go on…

I also found a wide collection of Japanese books in an Little Tokyo bookstore in LA which featured nothing else but photos of cute animal butts or the book in the lower left corner with photos of cats as sushi. Hmm… bless people who buy books with fluffy butts, I guess!64281_10206757451437333_878276599377264861_n

Let’s see what other travelers chose as the weirdest things they have stumbled upon on their travels…

Lance – Travel Addicts
Driving the roads of the United States, we often come across strange sights.  But one of the strangest and weirdest was the time we found a UFO in Northwest Indiana.  Seeing a flying saucer is a rare sight and we’re fortunate to have witnessed this strange occurrence!Northwest-Indiana-Aliens-UFO

Justin – True Nomads
The first is dead guinea pigs in Peru. I had always heard about eating them in Peru, and so when I arrived in Cusco I decided to try. Unfortunately I glanced into the back and saw these guys on a plate. Poor dudes!image1

Chris – One Weird Globe
This was taken in a natural history exhibit at the Museum of Natural History in Bern, Switzerland – it’s all about the dance of life and death. While I don’t want to give away all the fun inside, there’s exhibits on how life is formed, how it grows, and what it looks like after death. Not pictured here for the sake of propriety are several dozen parrots, a small kitten preserved in a jar, and some anatomically correct drawings of how genes are combined…DSC_1796

Raymond – Man On The Lam
The World Famous Gopher Hole Museum & Gift Shop (that’s the official name) in Torrington, Alberta is certainly not for everyone, but for those armed with 2 bucks, a curious nature, and a willingness to make a detour on Highway 27 along the Calgary-Edmonton corridor, it’s a pretty unique way to kill an hour or so. Once you step inside the doors of the Gopher Hole Museum, here’s what you’ll find:Bank-robbery-stuffed-gophers-at-Gopher-Hole-Museum-Torrington-Alberta_thumb

Sofie – Wonderful Wanderings
This photo was taken at a hostel in Granada, now about 10 years ago. I’d booked a private room with a female friend. Little did we know that the hostel only had one private room which was dubbed “the love nest”. It also had mirrors on the ceiling as well as a nice kama sutra painting on the wall. We sure had a few giggles!Kamasutra room

Paula – Contented Traveler
This sculpture is in Sydney, Australia and was created by Jimmie Durham, a Cherokee from Arkansas, and is now on a roundabout. It’s making quite a statement piece.sydney

Felipe – Fotostrasse
Most of the tourists that take the U-Bahn to Kochstraße go there to see Checkpoint Charlie but they are missing one of the most bizarre landmarks in Berlin just a block away. On the side wall of the Tageszeitung Building on Rudi Dutschke Straße you can see a sculpture called Peace be With You by Peter Lenk. This weird art installation shows some similatiry to Bild’s Editor Kai Diekmann, whose offices are less than a block away.The Weirdest Things You've Seen On Your Travels - The Giant Penis in Berlin with Fotostrasse_001

Emilia – Emi w drodze
Time travel machine – spotted in one of the main streets of Rishikesh, India. I still haven’t found out what it is and what’s its purpose, but I’m pretty sure things like this are only possible in India 😉travel_machine_India

Carlo – Next Stop Who Knows
My photo was taken at the Chinese Vegetarian Festival in Phuket back in 2013. The Vegetarian festival that takes place in Phuket. It’s based around the local Chinese community’s belief that not eating meat and other stimulants during the 9th lunar month (October) will bestow good health and peace upon them. They also believe that sticking objects through their jaw will eliminate any demons from their bodies.Chinese Vegetarian Festival-0636

Peter – Chiny Info
China can surprise a lot… I’m pretty sure these photos speak for themselves.weird things

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What was the weirdest thing you’ve seen on your travels?

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17 Comments

  1. Dronacharya Dave
    Jul 22, 2015 / 1:00 pm

    Hi Anna,

    quite an interesting read this was. The weird looking time machine from the streets of Rishikesh is apparently a computer machine that will predict your future through some unknown calculations. I have experienced this myself, and still remember laughing my guts out on the results. India is indeed a strange yet colorful nation. The excitement and hospitality in people here is amazing.

    • Jul 22, 2015 / 1:55 pm

      Haha did it come true? 🙂

  2. Jul 22, 2015 / 1:51 pm

    World never stops surprising me 🙂 Thanks for featuring me!

    • Jul 22, 2015 / 1:55 pm

      You’re welcome dear 🙂

  3. Jul 22, 2015 / 10:06 pm

    Hahaha, what a collection!
    I particularly like Fotostrasse’s contribution, but I don’t know what that says about me. That I like street art?:-)

    • Jul 22, 2015 / 11:57 pm

      It seems like you do! 😛

  4. Jul 24, 2015 / 10:39 pm

    These are great! I think the gopher museum is my favorite. Would love to see that one day. I kind of reminds me of the Peculiarium in Portland – another great weird museum.

    • Jul 25, 2015 / 12:08 am

      I’ve never been! What’s inside the one in Portland?

  5. Aug 7, 2015 / 9:06 pm

    It is known that the Japanese are strange 🙂

  6. Aug 8, 2015 / 8:47 am

    Poor, little guinea pigs! You should post some of aussie big things or mail boxes as well.

    • Aug 8, 2015 / 3:08 pm

      Do you have one? Send it to me! 😀

  7. Aug 8, 2015 / 10:48 am

    The man with this weird objects in his jaw won everything. It scares me as hell btw… He looks like dead…

    • Aug 8, 2015 / 3:07 pm

      I had the same impression when I received this photo!

  8. Aug 9, 2015 / 12:00 am

    The most weird thing we saw was in northern Vietnam. In a small village a guy was “preparing” a dog for dinner in front of his house. It was really a terrible sight. I will save you the details 😉

  9. Aug 11, 2015 / 8:27 pm

    Haha – fire, smire, you WILL finish my perm!
    What a good idea for post 🙂 Seriously, after seeing those poor dudes in the bowl my hamster will never look same to me… I will take revenge when the litlle werewolf bites me again…

    • Aug 11, 2015 / 9:39 pm

      Oh no! Same the hamsters! 🙂

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