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Contributor Street Signs #4: Allow Us to Eat You- S.Africa

a sign on a pole

I was happy to receive an e-mail from travel blogger Elena. She wanted to share a photo of a sign which she found to be very funny since she had just came back from a safariHaving been on quite a few safaris (spread out over two trips to Africa), I could definitely see the humor in her sign.

Elena blogs about ways to earn miles and her travels around the U.S. at Giddy For Points which is part of the new travel blog aggregate site First2Board.

After receiving the sign photo from Elena, I sent her some questions.

Here they are:

MW: What country & city was the sign seen in?
Elena: I spotted the sign near Nelson Mandela Square in Johannesburg, South Africa.

MW: When did you spot it?
Elena: We were on the way to dinner, looking for a place to eat. 

MW: Where was it?
Elena: The sign was at the entrance to a restaurant.

MW: What was your reaction when you saw the sign?
Elena: When we saw the sign we started giggling which caught the attention of the wait- staff. They tried to cover up the sign but I snapped a pic before they did.

MW: Is there anything else of importance that you would like to add?
Elena: This was my first time out of the county. I was visiting a friend in South Africa that was in the peace corp at the time.

a sign with text on it

Upon further inspection of Elena’s photo, Kim noticed that the “S” was missing. Apparently this restaurant wasn’t looking to eat you, they were really asking to be allowed to seat you.

Look at the difference one letter could make!

Thanks Elena for reaching out and sending in this ridiculous sign!

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A Stop At A Roadside Gem Shop- Namibia

a man and child outside a hut

On my first trip to Africa we travelled overland from South Africa to Namibia. During one of our long drives through Namibia we pulled over to a small structure made from branches and twigs.
Everyone on the tour bus wondered what we could be stopping for.

a group of children playing in the desert

At first there wasn’t a soul around but within seconds two young children ran from their small shack, right over to the stand to invite us to check out their gems. It was a crazy site to see and I couldn’t imagine this being a profitable business as not much traffic came down this dusty road.

a group of people in the desert

As we were checking out their goods, another car was actually driving down the road. You could see it from pretty far away due to all of the dust being kicked up as it got closer. The kids each grabbed a gem, ran to the road and raised their arms to try to show off what they were selling. The people in the car were not interested and kept on driving.

a child standing under a canopy
a man standing in a desert

A short while later, their father showed up and took over sales. He told us how they got all of the gems and stones from a mine not far from where we were.

a group of people sitting under a table with a table full of rocks
a boy and girl sitting under a tree

A few people from our tour bought a gem or two to help the family out.
My wife and I still have our gem displayed with other small mementos purchased from our travels around the world!

a man standing in the desert holding a sign