Signs that you're in Central America

30 NOV 2015
by: Adam | posted in: Globetrotting | comments: 0
When you step foot in another country, things feel strange. You’re still a human being standing on the Earth. You’re still surrounded by other people, cars, and houses. Why do you feel so different? The signage. Road signs and other signs are easy to pass over as their message is often short and sweet. They’re also unavoidable in their own way, which is a good thing because they can be very helpful and/or important. This temporary distraction during your travels usually isn't enough to jolt you into a full culture shock breakdown. Instead you are absorbing a continuous subtle reminder you are indeed very far from home. It’s the little things when traveling that equally throw us off and delight us. And signs always seem a lot more charming than what you’re used to back in your home country. Let's take some time to appreciate these great, weird, funny, beautiful, and unique signs of Central America.

 

Panama


Flickr: Elisabeth D'Orcy
Flickr: Elisabeth D'Orcy

 

Flickr: Micah MacAllen
Flickr: Micah MacAllen

 

Flickr: Elisabeth D'Orcy
Flickr: Elisabeth D'Orcy

Usually signs like this note that there are children playing, but there's no way that could be a child, right?

Costa Rica


Flickr: The LEAF Project
Flickr: The LEAF Project

 

Flickr: Kirk Bravender
Flickr: Kirk Bravender

Belize


Flickr: onetwopunch
Flickr: onetwopunch

 

Flickr: onetwopunch
Flickr: onetwopunch

 

Flickr: Larnie Fox
Flickr: Larnie Fox

To be fair, this could be a sign you see in other countries. But there's only one Scrumpy and he lives in Belize.

Flickr: Larnie Fox
Flickr: Larnie Fox

I wish all road signs had this level of graphic design.

Flickr: Jerry "Woody"
Flickr: Jerry "Woody"

A nice reminder of the past.

Flickr: Nick M
Flickr: Nick M

Guatemala


Flickr: Stefan Krasowski
Flickr: Stefan Krasowski

 

Flickr: David Amsler
Flickr: David Amsler

 

Flickr: Tom Dubya1
Flickr: Tom Dubya1

Something just feels wrong about this one.

Nicaragua


Flickr: Jessica Dally
Flickr: Jessica Dally

I think someone messed up, but I am glad they did.

Flickr: Blue Sonicboy
Flickr: Blue Sonicboy

 

Flickr: Jessica Dally
Flickr: Jessica Dally

My imagination is doing cartwheels right now about what this could possibly mean. Which is recurring theme with a lot of these. Maybe you feel the same way. Guess we'll just have to head to Central America to find out!
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