Monika’s Musings

miscellaneous tidbits on marketing, advertising, and life in general

A new challenge for drivers

July25

One discovers pretty interesting signs on the streets of Sofia at about 4 in the morning:

Now … that does boost the difficulty level up a notch!

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Trial and error

October29

I got me another one of those silly-language related situations. One thing I cannot drink is sparkling water. Hate it. Guess if I bought myself a six-pack… From now on, I am resorting to Italian water – Acqua minerale naturale – nice and simple.

It is really funny – there is this lady who works in the store next-door. I am there every day, and every day she insists on speaking to me in Hungarian. Not a hi-thank you-buy conversation, she’s got more to say. And I’m staring at her, thinking Lady, I was here yesterday. And the day before. I didn’t speak Hungarian then, and despite the fact that I might look quite intelligent, I did not learn it overnight. Lovely chatting with you, though.

One of the things that always makes me laugh is when one person is talking to another and the latter does not know the language, the first person always (and I do that, too) starts speaking veeeeery slooooooowly. Yeah, that doesn’t cut it … I cannot wait to start my classes though; perhaps the supermarket lady has got something fascinating to say. Will definitely let you know if that’s the case.

And here it is, your random fact of the day. Bet you didn’t know that in numbers in English the very first time you have the letter “a” is in … one thousand. Funny, huh?

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Souvenir FAIL

April20

Two weeks ago I bought a souvenir from London.

It looks like a teapot:

lookslikeateapot

It feels like a teapot:

feelslikeateapot

But is it a teapot???

isitateapot

Nah! See, the genius who designed the teapot forgot to drill a little hole for the liquid to flow out.

Best paper weight I ever bought!

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