Saturday, June 11, 2011

Saturday Snapshot--June 11, 2011

This meme is hosted by Alyce from At Home With Books

To participate in Saturday Snapshot meme post a photo that you (or a friend or family member) have taken. Photos can be old or new, and can be of any subject as long as they are clean and appropriate for all eyes to see. How much detail you give in the caption is entirely up to you. All Alyce asks is that you don't post random photos that you find online.

My daughter and I are going on our first trip in a week or so and it got me thinking about travel. One place we've been to a few times is Oman and I took these two photos the last time we were there.



Obviously, I don't need to read Arabic to understand these signs! They remind me that though we think we're all so different, we've got a lot in common as well. Too bad we can't remember that more often.

20 comments:

Alyce said...

Thanks for sharing those photos! It's neat to see how chains look in other countries. I'm always curious about how the food differs in those chains too. I was surprised to find that KFC doesn't serve mashed potatoes in the UK (which are my favorite part about KFC meals).

Leslie said...

Those photos do remind us that we live in a global society now.

When I was in Rome I remember seeing a McDonalds sign near The Spanish Steps and thought ugh, you can't get away from commercialism anywhere.

Helen's Book Blog said...

Alyce--I took the photos but we didn't actually go in the places so I don't know how the food was. I do remember being shocked when I lived in Germany to find that McDonald's serves beer there

Leslie--global society is SO true! McDonald's by the Spanish Steps just seems wrong.

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Yes, sometimes I think it's wrong to see fast food places in Europe or the Middle East or wherever, but it does make us feel a little bit connected, doesn't it?

Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

Sherrie said...

Hi!
It seems where ever you go parts of American business is there. Great shots. Have a great day!

Sherrie
Just Books

Trish said...

It's so cool to see these logos in other countries and cultures.

Kaye said...

Somehow some of these placements do seem wrong. We went to Austria and saw Mozart's house - above a McDonalds. I was appalled!

Helen's Book Blog said...

Laurel-Rain and Trish--I do like the connection when I'm somewhere that seems very different from home, but I also wish American culture wasn't everywhere

Sherrie--I wish some of their (whomever "they" are) was over here a little more. What I wouldn't do for a great Lebanese restaurant in my town!

Kaye--Again, McDonald's seems to be the one that offends most of us :-)

bermudaonion said...

I think it's kind of sad those name brands are taking over the world.

Helen's Book Blog said...

Bermudaonion--I think if it was a two-way street we wouldn't feel so bad about it

Amused said...

Isn't that funny! Those signs are instantly recognizable no matter the language. Great shots.

Helen's Book Blog said...

Amused--I am such a visual person that symbols really stand out to me and these were two that jumped right out

Amy said...

It's interesting how universally recognized the names and logos of these American establishments are.

It always surprises me how popular our fast food is in other countries.

Bookfool said...

Wow, those are very cool photos! I have a tendency to photograph fast food places in other nations, too (on those rare occasions that we spot something interesting about them). One of my old favorites is a pic of husband and eldest son leaning against the front of a Canadian McDonalds with its prominent maple leaf in view. I have no idea where that is; it's a film picture and I had to strip all my albums, one year, because I had the sticky-acid kind that were ruining my photos.

Helen's Book Blog said...

Amy--Logos are a very powerful thing, which makes you realize how bad a bad logo is for a business

Bookfool--sounds like a great photo and I know what you mean about the print photos in albums!

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

Those logos are universal aren't they. Great images.

Louise said...

Ah, the good and bad sides of multinationals. I'm always a bit saddened to see the extent of the reach of these businesses into non-Western society.

Helen's Book Blog said...

Diane--Thank you, it's smart that they don't change the logos overseas

Louise--I agree

Aths said...

You're so right about that! We need to focus on the fact that we are no different from the next person, except in our attire and culture.

Helen's Book Blog said...

Aths--I knew you'd get this having lived abroad (and in the Middle East)