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I Decided to Travel Around the World, and Now I Have Pictures You’ve Probably Never Seen Before

Hi there! My name is Pavel, and I’m currently on my round-the-world trip. I’ve already been to 56 countries, visited several European weddings, and collected a pile of mind-blowing facts about people and different traditions all over the planet.

Exclusively for Bright Side, I went through tons of photos and now I’m pleased to share my personal discoveries with all of you.

47. In Spain, a chair on a road means that there’s a street vendor somewhere nearby.

I Decided to Travel Around the World, and Now I Have Pictures You’ve Probably Never Seen Before

46. If you get in a taxi and notice coins like these on the windshield, you should know that the driver “fixed” a crack this way. In Bolivia, it’s a common thing to see.

I Decided to Travel Around the World, and Now I Have Pictures You’ve Probably Never Seen Before

45. High baskets like these make it so wild animals can’t reach the garbage.

I Decided to Travel Around the World, and Now I Have Pictures You’ve Probably Never Seen Before

44. Wet tracks on the scorching hot sand lead to tents with cold drinks.

I Decided to Travel Around the World, and Now I Have Pictures You’ve Probably Never Seen Before

43. These are “parking spots” for luggage in Spanish supermarkets. Local women always do shopping this way.

I Decided to Travel Around the World, and Now I Have Pictures You’ve Probably Never Seen Before

42. In the Basque Country, almost everything is prohibited at the beach. Even the Olympics!

I Decided to Travel Around the World, and Now I Have Pictures You’ve Probably Never Seen Before

41. In cafés located in Madrid, napkins all over the floor indicate that the place is popular.

I Decided to Travel Around the World, and Now I Have Pictures You’ve Probably Never Seen Before

40. In Spanish villages, you’ll get morning correspondence and bread as well.

I Decided to Travel Around the World, and Now I Have Pictures You’ve Probably Never Seen Before

39. Spanish sweet treats sometimes look like sardines in cans.

I Decided to Travel Around the World, and Now I Have Pictures You’ve Probably Never Seen Before

38. Don’t forget to park your dog before entering a store.

I Decided to Travel Around the World, and Now I Have Pictures You’ve Probably Never Seen Before

37. Even if it’s raining in Galicia and you don’t have a balcony, you still need to dry your clothes.

I Decided to Travel Around the World, and Now I Have Pictures You’ve Probably Never Seen Before

36. This is a ride in Catalonia. If you’re scared, you can sit on a toilet bowl instead of an ordinary seat.

I Decided to Travel Around the World, and Now I Have Pictures You’ve Probably Never Seen Before

35. European churches sometimes use electric candles — you put a coin inside it and it lights up.

I Decided to Travel Around the World, and Now I Have Pictures You’ve Probably Never Seen Before

34. This may look like a columbarium, but it’s actually a chicken roost in Galicia.

I Decided to Travel Around the World, and Now I Have Pictures You’ve Probably Never Seen Before

33. It’s not a living room, it’s a family mausoleum in Manila.

I Decided to Travel Around the World, and Now I Have Pictures You’ve Probably Never Seen Before

32. These are dress code instructions at the entrance of a Malaysian college.

I Decided to Travel Around the World, and Now I Have Pictures You’ve Probably Never Seen Before

31. An eco-friendly sink in New Zealand

I Decided to Travel Around the World, and Now I Have Pictures You’ve Probably Never Seen Before

30. In this Italian hotel, the shower is located behind the wall but the taps are installed on the opposite side.

I Decided to Travel Around the World, and Now I Have Pictures You’ve Probably Never Seen Before

29. In Portugal, as well as in Great Britain, you should mix hot and cold water in your hands.

I Decided to Travel Around the World, and Now I Have Pictures You’ve Probably Never Seen Before

28. According to Chinese people, natural potato chips are sweet and purple.

I Decided to Travel Around the World, and Now I Have Pictures You’ve Probably Never Seen Before

27. There are many modern skyscrapers in Hong Kong, but they still use bamboo.

I Decided to Travel Around the World, and Now I Have Pictures You’ve Probably Never Seen Before

26. Here’s a Hong Kong egg waffle with borscht. It sounds interesting but it’s not the famous soup — it’s just a kind of vegetable stew.

I Decided to Travel Around the World, and Now I Have Pictures You’ve Probably Never Seen Before

25. In Malaysia, there are sushi sandwiches made of bread for those who don’t like seaweed.

I Decided to Travel Around the World, and Now I Have Pictures You’ve Probably Never Seen Before

24. In Bangkok, you can have a snack even if you get stuck in a traffic jam.

I Decided to Travel Around the World, and Now I Have Pictures You’ve Probably Never Seen Before

23. In Berlin, you don’t have to look for a hot dog kiosk — it’ll come right up to you!

I Decided to Travel Around the World, and Now I Have Pictures You’ve Probably Never Seen Before

22. Thai monks decorate money trees with banknotes.

I Decided to Travel Around the World, and Now I Have Pictures You’ve Probably Never Seen Before

21. In this Singapore subway, you’re not allowed to chew gum or even kiss.

I Decided to Travel Around the World, and Now I Have Pictures You’ve Probably Never Seen Before

20. Some Asian temples may only be visited by those without shoes. And if you enter a house in Indonesia, you’ll be asked to take off your socks too.

I Decided to Travel Around the World, and Now I Have Pictures You’ve Probably Never Seen Before

19. In South Korea, it’s popular to draw caricatures of pets, not people.

I Decided to Travel Around the World, and Now I Have Pictures You’ve Probably Never Seen Before

18. It’s easy to see that Finnish people live long lives.

I Decided to Travel Around the World, and Now I Have Pictures You’ve Probably Never Seen Before

17. Finnish students ride bicycles all the time.

I Decided to Travel Around the World, and Now I Have Pictures You’ve Probably Never Seen Before

16. The most luxurious McDonald’s is located in Porto. It’s a former elite hotel.

I Decided to Travel Around the World, and Now I Have Pictures You’ve Probably Never Seen Before

15. In this Indonesian McDonald’s menu, you can find rather simple food.

I Decided to Travel Around the World, and Now I Have Pictures You’ve Probably Never Seen Before

14. Vietnamese street cafés are the most mobile cafés in the world.

I Decided to Travel Around the World, and Now I Have Pictures You’ve Probably Never Seen Before

13. In Turkey, you can enjoy your favorite soft drink in an unusual design.

I Decided to Travel Around the World, and Now I Have Pictures You’ve Probably Never Seen Before

12. In Moscow, you can purchase a spritz of perfume. But you won’t know what it smells like since you can’t sniff it first.

I Decided to Travel Around the World, and Now I Have Pictures You’ve Probably Never Seen Before

11. In a popular furniture store in the Netherlands, you can buy ice cream and serve it to yourself.

I Decided to Travel Around the World, and Now I Have Pictures You’ve Probably Never Seen Before

10. In Athens, shoe store assistants have to go to the window display to find a second shoe.

I Decided to Travel Around the World, and Now I Have Pictures You’ve Probably Never Seen Before

9. In Brussels, you can hardly find 2 similar road signs — they all resemble true masterpieces.

I Decided to Travel Around the World, and Now I Have Pictures You’ve Probably Never Seen Before

8. In Germany, these creative hooks prohibit hangers from being stolen out of stores.

I Decided to Travel Around the World, and Now I Have Pictures You’ve Probably Never Seen Before

7. In Hamburg, almost all traffic lights have 2 red stop signals in case one of them breaks down.

I Decided to Travel Around the World, and Now I Have Pictures You’ve Probably Never Seen Before

6. Playgrounds in Germany look like free amusement parks.

I Decided to Travel Around the World, and Now I Have Pictures You’ve Probably Never Seen Before

5. In Dusseldorf, ice cream cafés sell warm hats instead of ice cream as it’s not so popular during the winter.

I Decided to Travel Around the World, and Now I Have Pictures You’ve Probably Never Seen Before

4. In Germany, wedding money comes with unusual decorations like toilet paper, for example.

I Decided to Travel Around the World, and Now I Have Pictures You’ve Probably Never Seen Before

3. During a wedding in Greece, the groom should eat scrambled eggs mixed with his own tie.

I Decided to Travel Around the World, and Now I Have Pictures You’ve Probably Never Seen Before

2. In Italy, people slice cheese with special wooden utensils and eat it with their hands during weddings.

I Decided to Travel Around the World, and Now I Have Pictures You’ve Probably Never Seen Before

1. In Germany, they sell spicy red peppers covered with white chocolate at Christmas markets.

I Decided to Travel Around the World, and Now I Have Pictures You’ve Probably Never Seen Before

What surprised you most during a trip you’ve taken in the past?

Pavel Vorobev for Bright Side