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“What the ?!” Travel Photos

by Suzanne Fluhr on September 26, 2012 · 8 comments

What the ?!

When travel bloggers are not busy on the road (and every other imaginable form of transportation), we like to challenge each other to contests.  One fun one is Travel Photo Roulette.  Boomeresque thanks the GypsyNesters for choosing our submission as a runner up in the Photo Roulette contest that just concluded. (“Our submission”? Who am I trying to impress?  Boomeresque is moi.)

If you could use a “What the ?!”  moment to remind you of the occasional absurdity of life and to see the winning photo, runners up and honorable mentions, check out the Gypsy Nester Photo Roulette post.  Here’s Boomeresque’s submission:

"Helpful" Sign Instructing us How to Enter the "Onsen" (Communal Bath) at the Dormy Inn in Takamatsu, Japan

"Helpful" Sign Instructing us How to Enter the "Onsen" (Communal Bath) at the Dormy Inn in Takamatsu, Japan

Encountering the absurd is one of the joys of travel. Do you have a “What the ?!” photo or moment to share with Boomeresque readers?  Insert the photo URL in a comment below and if it wouldn’t be banned by the FCC, I’ll add your photo to this post.

If you were too stunned to take a photo, tell us about a “What the ?!” moment or scene you’ve encountered on your travels—even if your travels are in your hometown—or your own home.

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Roz Warren September 27, 2012 at 12:50 am

I congratulate you for winning the contest! I don’t have any photos to post, although I just returned from London, because I do not own a camera. Or a phone with a camera. But I look forward to enjoying the photos that others contribute.


Just One Boomer (Suzanne) September 27, 2012 at 2:20 am

No, no, no. My photo was a runner up. Even if you didn’t have a camera in London, you could paint a picture in words for us if you saw anything absurd —-unless you’re saving all your words for the NY Times. 😉
NB: Roz did recently have two essays published by the Gray Lady.


bermtopia September 27, 2012 at 3:03 pm

GypsyNester is a great find — if haven’t already discovered it, you might also enjoy, which our Number One Son got us onto when he was teaching in Japan.

I too ponder the great mysteries of signs — this is domestic:


Just One Boomer September 27, 2012 at 4:08 pm

Our son also introduced us to Thanks for the link to your absurdities. Why?, indeed!


Shelley September 27, 2012 at 7:31 pm

There is a law firm sign on a building on S. 16th between Pine and Spruce Streets in Philadelphia. The sign lists 2 attorneys who are both dead- they have year of birth and death under the names. Huh?


Just One Boomer September 27, 2012 at 8:01 pm

Yikes. Are they trying to tell us (lawyers) that “The only good lawyer is a…….?”


Jacqui Robinson September 28, 2012 at 11:44 am

Well hot off the press from last weekend when visiting a picturesque corner of my state, and staying in a lovely resort, had just woken up and trying to wake up with coffee cosied up in our warm apartment, overlooking a lovely duck pond with weather outside on the cold side, when a young woman dashed from the vicinity of the neighbouring apartment and completely! disrobed and dived into said skanky cold duck pond! Definitelt a ‘What the..?!’ moment. I woke up completely!


Suzanne (Just One Boomer) September 28, 2012 at 5:28 pm

Good one. We Americans are sooo staid (i.e. boring) compared to you Aussies. Glad you made it back to WA (Western Australia) in one piece.


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