Sunday, August 14, 2016

Communication by Merrillee Whren

Writing is the art of communicating, but what happens when you don't understand the language? My husband and I recently returned from a trip that took us to The Netherlands, Norway and Belgium. During the trip we were surrounded by the sound of languages that we didn't understand. Some places have universal signs for things like restrooms, exits and elevators. We always appreciated finding people who spoke English. I took a lot of pictures, and I'm going to share some that communicate a message and some that I found lacking an explanation.
 This street had umbrellas covering it, and I have no idea why. What do you think?
Does the pink bow tell you that this troll is a girl?
What does this emblem above the door say about this establishment?
This place is appropriately named. It is known as graffiti street.

I have no idea what this golden statue was intended to communicate. What is your guess?
Here is an interesting piece of art work that I found over a street. It is made of boards nailed together in a random fashion. What do they say to you?

How do you feel when you can't understand the signs or what people are saying? How do you compensate for your lack of communication?

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Merrillee Whren is the winner of the 2003 Golden Heart Award presented by Romance Writers of American. She is married to her own personal hero, her husband of  thirty-five plus years, and has two grown daughters. Connect with her on her Facebook page and sign up for her newsletter.


  1. i think it would be confusing but they are all interesting

  2. They can be confusing. One must look for clues. I think culture is an important one.

  3. Gorgeous, fun pics! The countries must've been beautiful to visit.

    1. Josie, we had a great time and saw a lot of cool stuff.