132 Tourists Share Their Surprising Discoveries From Around The World

It seems a bit silly to be surprised by the unexpected when traveling, but fortunately for all of us, these people at least documented the unusual or unexpected things they encountered while traversing the globe. The post 132 Tourists Share Their Surprising Discoveries From Around The World first appeared on Bored Panda.

132 Tourists Share Their Surprising Discoveries From Around The World

In hindsight, it seems a bit silly to be surprised by the unexpected when traveling. After all, the entire point is to see and experience new things, otherwise, why spend all the time and money? So one should at least expect some amount of surprises and fortunately for all of us, these travelers made sure to document the unusual or unexpected things they encountered while traversing the globe. 

So, wherever you are, get comfortable and prepare to scroll through all the memorable little things tourists and travelers have run into, upvote the experiences that caught you by surprise, and be sure to comment your own stories. And if some of the things listed here are pretty normal where you are from, let us know!

#1 Rainy Day In Ireland

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#2 In Denmark, Some Of Our Light Signals Are Small Vikings

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#3 They Have Pet Carts In Grocery Stores In Italy

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Despite the dangers and discomfort, humans have been fascinated with travel for thousands of years. There are early Medieval examples from all over the world, while the earliest example is “Periplus of the Erythraean Sea,” which is a first-century text describing travel conditions, currents, and weather patterns throughout the Mediterranean Sea and the Indian Ocean.

Less a piece of literature, it was more like a guide for merchants who were looking to travel in these areas, though it seems likely that any merchant with half a brain would still need to hire captains and sailors with experience. Currently, it’s not even known who authored the text or if it even had one author, as there is the possibility that it functioned more like a collection of different people’s experiences. 

#4 This Museum In Berlin Has "Touchable" Versions Of Their Paintings For Blind People

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#5 The Algerian Sahara By Night. With No Light Pollution, The Sky Is Truly Incredible

I spent four days camping out in the remote Algerian Sahara - just me and a local guide. I took a million photos but this was one of my favorites. Freezing cold at night, but free of all light pollution the sky was breathtakingly beautiful.

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#6 An Albino Turtle I Saw On My Vacation In Sri Lanka

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Marco Polo is a more commonly known traveler, but he was not the only one of his contemporaries to write about his experiences. In China, one of Marco Polo’s many destinations, there were even writers who would make “day trip essays,” which would give readers some basic information about different locations that are, as the name suggests, a day’s travel away. However, these essays mainly focused on using the locations to provide some sort of moral lesson, which tells us that even a thousand years ago, people could not help from editorializing. 

#7 Spotted The Hogwarts Express On My Trip To Scotland Last Year

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#8 After 4 Days Of Trekking Over The Salkantay Pass To Get To Machu Picchu, I Woke Up Around 3:30 Am To Try To Get There Before The Rest Of The Tourists

100% worth it for seeing the sunrise alone.

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#9 A Tram On The Stuttgart Rack Railway With A Trailer For Bikes. Stuttgart, Germany

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Indeed, in the 16th century, traveling to what at the time was Persia (mostly modern Iran) and the Indian subcontinent was so popular, that these accounts were often put together into collections, so interested readers could just buy one book and compare. There were similar collections for Europe, though it was seen as less exotic than Asia, and often focused on a single region, such as the Italian peninsula. 

#10 In The Ancient Egypt, Cats Were Sacred Animals. It Seems That Nothing Has Changed Since Then

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#11 My Hotel Phone In Iceland Has A Special Button That Will Wake You Up If There Are Northern Lights In The Sky

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#12 This Tree In Morocco Is Filled With Real Goats Standing On It

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As maritime technology developed, the means of transportation itself became a topic of interest. Similar to the travel vlogs of today, there was a lucrative niche describing the realities of ocean voyages and the various sights and experiences one could have. Of course, the average person on, say, a transatlantic ship had a much worse experience than a literate, generally wealthy traveler. 

#13 Train Seats In Japan Facing Outwards So You Can See The Scenery

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#14 My Hotel In China Has A Card To Give To A Taxi Driver So You Can Find Your Way Back

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#15 I Visited Antarctica Recently

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This all goes to show that these travelers, documenting and photographing the things they saw are part of an ancient tradition. While we might think of Marco Polo’s writings as more highbrow, he probably would have used a camera, if he had the option, as a picture can really show you what a thousand words can’t. Hopefully, this list has put some wanderlust into you and there will be more interesting experiences from around the world for all of us to enjoy online. 

#16 Some Roads In Australia Are So Long And Boring That They Have Trivia Signs To Keep Drivers Alert

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#17 Wuppertal's Suspension Railway (Monorail), Germany

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#18 My Buddy And I Got Our Faces On The Foam Of Our Beers In Ireland

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#19 These Sprinklers On The Road Near The Ski Resort I'm At In Japan To Keep The Road From Freezing Over (Salt Water If You Were Wondering)

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#20 These Two Different Sets Of Shopping Baskets At A Department Store In Bangkok - For Those That Need Help Or Want To Be Left Alone

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#21 Lisbon Consists Of 7 Hills. In Order To Make It Easier For Residents And Tourists To Move Between The Different Neighborhoods, This Open-Air Escalator Was Installed

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#22 This 2D Café We Visited In Seoul

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#23 Found A Statue In Rome With Bunny Socks

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#24 Giant Hives Hanging From The Ceiling Enclosed In A Glass Case With Outdoor Access At The “Home Of Bees” In Poyales Del Hoyo, Spain

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#25 This McDonald's Has A "Drive-Thru" For Boats. Located In Hamburg, Germany

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#26 Found A Door Entering A Field In Denmark

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#27 Here In Italy Bars Are Starting To Use Pasta As Straws To Reduce Plastic Use. Our Technology Amazes The World Another Time

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#28 This Warning Sign For Ghosts At An Old Castle In Poland

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#29 I Found This Ceiling Light Full Of Rubber Ducks In A Pub In Edinburgh

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#30 My Apartment For The Night In Porto, Portugal Has A Preserved 12th-Century Wall And Staircase Encased In The Bedroom

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#31 This Guy Makes Pizza Using Volcanic Vents On The Volcán De Pacaya In Guatemala

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#32 The Bone Church In The Czech Republic

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#33 Went To A Beach In Iceland And Took A Full-Color Picture That Looks Entirely Grayscale

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#34 The Town We Vacationed In Has Red Street Lights To Not Mess With The Wildlife

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#35 In Italy They Got Free Water In Little Towns. You Can Choose Between Water With Gas, Cooled Or Regular

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#36 This McDonald's In New Zealand Has A Decommissioned Plane You Can Dine In

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#37 One Of My Bucket List Items Was To Visit This Stunning Town Where The Houses Are Literally Under The Rock

Beautiful white houses line up the narrow streets of Setenil de Las Bodegas.

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#38 Subways In Japan Have Women-Only Cars

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#39 This Slide At The Berlin Mall

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#40 In Finland, There Are Buttons To Thank The Bus Driver

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#41 Α Trireme At The Piraeus Port, Greece

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#42 Today I Discovered That, In France, McDonald's Serves Mcbaguettes

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#43 Green Train In Lower Silesia, Poland

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#44 Reusable McDonald's Containers In Paris

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#45 The Thinnest House In Amsterdam

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#46 This Albino Reindeer I Saw While Traveling In Finnish Lapland

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#47 Traveling Within Iceland Because We Couldn’t Go Elsewhere. Found These Guys Sheltering From The Wind

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#48 I Was Visiting The Gulf Of Mexico Last Week, And It Was Genuinely Difficult To See Where The Sea Stopped And The Sky Started

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#49 Desert Oasis In Peru - Huacachina

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#50 In Christchurch, NZ, The Tram Runs Through The Shopping Plaza

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#51 Eating A Haring In The Hague, Netherlands

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#52 A Non-Muslim Section At A Grocery Store In Dubai

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#53 The Children's Playground At The Airport In Zürich, Switzerland Is A Miniature Airport

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#54 The View Of Iceland's Active Volcano Behind A Mountain, Seen From My Balcony Tonight

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#55 Flew Over Greenland On A Clear Day

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#56 Rush Hour In Copenhagen, Denmark

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#57 UPS In Italy Use These "Bicycle Trucks" To Deliver Packages To Places In The Narrow Streets Of Rome

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#58 I Visited Rouen Yesterday And Discovered WW2 Damage To The Town Hall Has Been Repaired With LEGO

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#59 This Supermarket In An Old Theatre In Venice, Italy

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#60 The Way These Trees Grew On A Street In Amsterdam

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#61 In Singapore, Elderly Pedestrians Can Tap Their Identity Cards To Have More Time At The Pedestrian Crossing

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#62 These Roman Columns Inside A Supermarket In Split, Croatia

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#63 A Stand For Bikers To Hold On To While Waiting For The Traffic Lights In Sweden

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#64 Stayed In A Boeing 747 Converted To Hostel At Arlanda Airport, Sweden (Jumbo Stay)

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#65 This Bar In Mexico Has Swings Instead Of Chairs

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#66 This Church Under Water In Italy

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#67 Since There Are No Drivable Roads In Venice, They Use Boats To Deliver Packages

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#68 The Coffee I Ordered In Bosnia Came With A Complimentary Cigarette

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#69 This Building I Saw While On Vacation Is Made To Look Upside Down

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#70 This 7-Eleven In Mexico Was Built Around A Tree

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#71 In Australia, High Is The Second Lowest Fire Danger Rating

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#72 My Flight Flew Over A Wind Farm, The Northwest Coast Of England

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#73 This Dog-Needs Station At The Airport I Traveled Through A Couple Of Days Ago, Complete With A Fire Hydrant

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#74 This Bathroom Mirror In Tallinn Airport Has Instructions On How To Tie A Tie

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#75 In The Narita Airport Of Japan, While It Says "Welcome To Japan" In English, The Japanese Text Says "Welcome Back"

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#76 My Hotel In Hong Kong Includes This Local Phone To Use While In The City. It Even Works As A WiFi Hotspot

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#77 Police In Venice Move Around On Jet Skis

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#78 Squared Trees In Sevilla, Spain

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#79 Someone Taking The Platinum Jubilee Very Seriously This Morning In Greggs

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#80 This Traffic Light In Germany Has A Little Girl And A Camel As Signal Lights

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#81 Sign I Found In Bali, Downstairs For Fire, Up For Tsunami

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#82 I Went To North Korea In 2016 And Took This Picture From The Top Of The Juche Tower In Pyongyang

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#83 Emergency Alarm Chords Running Along The Floor Of The Disabled Toilet In Berlin Airport In Case Someone Falls Over And Requires Assistance

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#84 My Hotel Room In Amsterdam Has A Mini Vending Machine Instead Of A Minibar

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#85 Very Long Escalator At The Subway Station In Chongqing, China

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#86 My Parents Met A Friendly Stingray On Vacation

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#87 You Can Cross The Sahara By Hopping An Iron Ore Train

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#88 The Lobby Of My Apartment Building Has A Glass Floor So You Can See The Ancient Ruins Beneath (Italy)

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#89 Several Apartment/Condo Towers I Visited In Brazil Have Built-In Charcoal Or Wood Barbeques On All The Balconies

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#90 Some WW2 Defenses Were Uncovered After Some Recent Erosion. Newcastle, Australia

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#91 Dawn Breaking, As Seen From Floor 121 Of The Burj Khalifa, Dubai

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#92 This UV Handrail Sterilizer On An Escalator In Hong Kong

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#93 Mexican Government Puts Warnings On High Sugar And Caffeine Products With The Warning “Not For Children”

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#94 This Wet Umbrella Contraption At A Hospital In England, I Have Never Seen This Anywhere

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#95 This Sidewalk Clock In Barcelona

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#96 Vacationing In Cocoa Beach, FL. Got To See A Rocket Launch

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#97 This Supermarket In Hong Kong Has A Mini IKEA In The Back

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#98 Enough Rattlesnakes Have Visited This Bench That They Had To Put Up A Warning Sign

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#99 This Tiny Self-Driving Bus I Saw In Berlin, Germany

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#100 Amsterdam Has Urinals Out In The Open On This Public Street

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#101 This Public Restroom In Iceland

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#102 The Vacation House We Rented Has A Toaster Built Into The Wall

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#103 My Father Is Visiting Bangkok. The Hotel That He Is Staying At Serves Honey On The Honeycomb

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#104 We Visited The Largest Bench In Germany

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#105 Train Station In Paris Had A Machine That Printed Out Short Stories To Read While You Wait

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#106 In India Subway Has A Separate Line For Normal Subs And Vegetarians. The One On The Left Is For Vegetarians

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#107 I Saw This Social Distancing Sign Today In Sydney

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#108 Japan’s Highest Bridge’s Height Is Compared To Godzilla

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#109 There Are Random Freezers On Some Streets Of Dubai That Have Food And Drinks For Whoever Needs It

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#110 This Kindergarten In Australia Enforces A One-Way Road With Spikes

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#111 In Cairns, Australia You Can Just Buy Bananas In Unmanned Stands Based On Honesty

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#112 Some Trams In Australia Have Spots For Your Surfboard

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#113 Mario Kart Tour That I Encountered At The Famous Shibuya Crossing

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#114 When You Exit The Airport In Basel, You Can Exit Into France, Germany Or Switzerland

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#115 Chip Bags In India Come With Free Mobile Data

4G data is so cheap in India that you get 2GB free with a ₹20 ($0.27) pack of chips.

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#116 The Old Escalators Of Wynyard Train Station In Sydney Now Hang From The Ceiling

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#117 Walked Into A Store In Hong Kong And Saw These Stacked Side By Side. Noodle-Flavored Pringles And Pringle-Flavored Noodles

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#118 In Bali The Cars Don't Have Heating Available On The Air Conditioning

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#119 Bath In The Floor. Hull, UK

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#120 Hotel In Europe Offers A Rent A Pet Fish For Single Travelers

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#121 This Tiny Bag Of Pasta I Got In Italy

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#122 An Underground Church In Poland With A Train Passing Right Through Its Middle

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#123 This KFC In Japan Has Colonel Sanders Dressed In A Samurai Attire (And A Matching Mask)

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#124 The Hotel I'm Staying At In Brazil Has A Remote That Comes With An Immediate Soccer-Watching Button

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#125 I Recently Visited Muskoka, Ontario. Stayed In The Same Room As Barack Obama During The G8 Summit

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#126 This Really Long Table Football At The Milan Airport

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#127 Bike Police In Downtown Minneapolis Travel With Tons Of Helmets To Give Away To Bikers Without One

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#128 In A French Village I Am Staying In, They Have Camouflaged The Rubbish Bins To Have A Less Visual Impact On The Village

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#129 It Ain't So Bad Stopping At Red Lights In Colorado

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#130 In México, There Are McDonald's Stands That Serve Only Ice Cream

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#131 Certain Hasidic Jewish Sects Travel With Blindfolds To Prevent Young Men From Seeing Immodestly Clad Women

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#132 A Phone Holder For Selfies In A Town I Visited

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