Signs, big and small, can tell you something important about the culture of a place. Keep your eye out for them during you travels so you can capture them with your camera.
This mural painted on the side of a store in Petersburg, Alaska, denotes the important of commercial fishing to this small community founded a century ago by a Norwegian immigrant who established a cannery here, and today often referred to as “Little Norway.”
The Trabant—perhaps better known by its nickname, “Trabi”—was manufactured in East Germany during the “Cold War” period, and for a about a year after the reunification of Germany in 1990 and the destruction of the famous Berlin Wall earlier that year.
Today you can drive this “classic” (if not classy) car through the streets of Dresden (where this photo was shot) or Berlin on a “Trabi Safari.” The Zebra stripes presumably were not painted on this Trabi at the factory in East Germany.
Sometimes you’ll find a “sign of culture” on packaging. This “Dutch Cannabis Seed Starter Kit” on sale in an Amsterdam canal-side flower market loudly proclaims Netherlanders fondness for “home grown weed,” not just their country’s famous tulips.
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