Trippy Travel Photos 5-10: Museum of Legends & Traditions

Remember the Trippy Travel Photo game? After a mini hiatus, it’s back and it’s better (or weirder) than ever!

This time around, it’s a complete Trippy Travel Photo Essay–meaning that I’m posting several photos from the same location. I found that one just wasn’t enough.

And so, without further ado….(mini drum roll here)…let’s try Trippy Travel Times Five.

Here, you’ll do what you’ve done before–that is, guess what the pictures are of and where I took them.

But this time around, I’d like to ask you to come up with captions, too. These photos are just begging for them, don’t you think? Almost as much as the Manic Middle Eastern Mannequins were. (At least, these don’t stare quite as much.)

Or feel free to come up with a bizarre tale. If it’s good, I’ll run right here within the post.

Whether you guess successfully or come up with a caption I use (or a great tale), you’ll be a winner. The prize? A mention of your name and a link to your site from within this post (which is good for SEO, etc.)

The Game

First, focus on these questions:

  • What are they?
  • Where are they?
  • What is their purpose?
  • Are they related to each other in some way (here you can weave a tale if you’d like)

Then, or if you’d prefer, just come up with a caption. Looks like fun, dontcha think? Perhaps you can help us make sense of these bizarre….beings (or whatever you might call them).

How to Play

–Post your guesses here in the Comments Section (tweets don’t count–sorry)

–Keep checking and guessing….it becomes more and more fun by the minute!

–See who won; maybe it will be you!

1. Hurry–she (the cow) is in labor!

2. “Aieee, someone help! Angelina Jolie is trying to adopt (steal) my baby!”

Alt caption: “William & Kate, 1 yr. later (nice kilt, Will!)”

3. The Boy Who Wanted the Willies”  (a Brothers Grimm fairy tale in which a boy named Hans joins a circle of dancing skeletons)

4. “I got your travelocity right here!”

5. “Eat your heart out minnie pearl!”

The Winners…


Slice of iBackpackerTravel. He guessed exactly what–the Museum of Legends and Traditions–and where: León, Nicaragua! I have a feeling he’s been there since very few people could guess this very easily.


1. Aaron of Aaron’s Worldwide Adventures

2. David of I’m Heading Out

Runner-up: Dyanne of Travel’nLass

3. Sarah of gotapassport

4. Lorna of The Roamantics

5. Lorna of The Roamantics

The Answer

The Museum of Legends and Traditions (El Museo de Tradiciones y Leyendas) in León, Nicaragua.

This unique place, once a prison where torture was an everyday occurrence, is home to the unique figurines you see in the photos. Each has something to do with León and each tells a story. There’s a Spanish colonel, a golden crocodile, a beheaded priest, a witch-pig, La Mocuana, etc. The museum is located in a building that served as a prison during the regime of the Somoza family. Constructed in 1921, it is known as and therefore ‘Prison 21′ and held prisoners between 1921 to 1979. Sadly, the walls of the prisons are contain murals showing the beatings and torture inflicted on the prisoners.

Can’t get enough?

Here are all of the Trippy Travel photos, guesses and winners–all on one page.


31 Responses to Trippy Travel Photos 5-10: Museum of Legends & Traditions
  1. Simon
    April 25, 2011 | 10:06 am

    Cemeteries. Decoration for the Mexican day of the dead

    • CB Driver
      April 25, 2011 | 10:22 am

      Nice guess, Simon! You may be very close to the truth re: #5….but the country is not Mexico. Any other ideas? Is your guess also a caption?

      Thanks for playing!

  2. Patty Hanahoe-Dosch
    April 25, 2011 | 12:14 pm

    They’re in Mexico – some kind of museum celebrating Mexican history?

    • CB Driver
      April 25, 2011 | 12:29 pm

      Good guess, Patty…yes to the museum and no to Mexico! :) Keep trying?

  3. Dyanne@TravelnLass
    April 25, 2011 | 3:59 pm

    For some strange reason “Portugal” springs to mind (likely due to the dapper blue tunics and red bandanas in the 1st pic?)

    And as for captions – I dare say pic #2 verily screams: “William & Kate, 1 yr. later (nice kilt, Will!)”
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    • CB Driver
      April 25, 2011 | 11:37 pm

      Hi, Dyanne! Portugal is a great guess…for sure. But…no, it’s not that country. Mexico, an earlier guess, was wrong, too…but it was a bit warmer. :)

      Love your caption re: William and Kate–he, he, he. Good one!

      Thanks for playing!

  4. Roy
    April 25, 2011 | 5:41 pm

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    • CB Driver
      April 25, 2011 | 11:37 pm

      Good guess, Roy! But…no… Can you try again? Yes, it’s a country where Spanish is spoken. It’s north of Argentina…pretty far away! :)

  5. Lorna - the roamantics
    April 25, 2011 | 10:19 pm

    a museum in peru with a dia de los muertos exhibit! but what i can’t figure out is what cloris leachman is doing in photo #1! and where’s that gnome got his hand in #4?? where have you taken us lisa!? ;)

    caption for photo #1- “oh my! what off off off broadway bullshit play has my agent booked me for this time?? i’m cloris leachman damn it! don’t they know i was on dancing with the stars??”

    caption for photo #2 what dyanne said- bahahaha!

    caption for photo #3- “the pressure of the modeling biz is killing me!”

    caption for photo #4- “i got your travelocity right here!” (gesture)

    caption for photo #5- “eat your heart out minnie pearl!”
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    • CB Driver
      April 25, 2011 | 11:43 pm

      Hi, Lorna…thanks for playing! Yes to the museum and no to Peru….but yes, definitely Latin America!

      I love your captions…. Funny re: Cloris Leachman (I remember her!). All of your ideas are fantastic, especially the ones for #3 and #4. Hilarious!

      Thanks and by the way, you’re winning at the moment! Dyanne’s doing well, too…. Of course, I haven’t seen Aaron (@adventurousness) yet…and he’s pretty good at these games. We’ll see if the competition picks up…. :)

      • Lorna - the roamantics
        April 26, 2011 | 5:01 pm

        okay, how about ecuador??
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        • CB Driver
          April 27, 2011 | 12:07 am

          Ecuador is a great guess….but…not quite it! Yes to Latin America, though. For another clue, check out Aaron’s comment and my response to it. It’ll bring you even closer to the country in which these pics were taken. Thanks!

          • Lorna - the roamantics
            April 27, 2011 | 12:46 am

            it’s got to be nicaragua!

          • CB Driver
            April 27, 2011 | 1:08 am

            Yes and yay! Nicaragua it is! :)

  6. Aaron @ Aaron's Worldwide Adventures
    April 26, 2011 | 1:24 am


    My captions:
    #1: “Hurry! She’s in labor! (the cow)”
    #2: “OMG! I just realized my friend is actually a man!”
    #3: “Dude. I’m so glad I shelled out an extra $30 for my halloween costume this year! I’m gonna get so much more candy!”
    #4: “They’re after me Lucky Charms!” (sorry couldn’t resist…)
    #5: “I’ll hide here in this display and maybe nobody will notice me…”
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    • CB Driver
      April 27, 2011 | 12:10 am

      Great ones, Aaron! So far, you’re the closest to the actual country. Guatemala is very close to this mystery location. :)

      Meanwhile, love the captions….#2 and #4 are hilarious. Actually, all of them are! You’re definitely in the winners’ circle! :)

  7. Sarah Got A Passport
    April 28, 2011 | 10:35 am

    Is the country Honduras? Looks like an exhibit of fairy/Biblical tales…

    1) Joaquin and the beanstalk
    2) Transexual/lesbian sleeping beauty (la bella durmiente)
    3) Had to google this from Wikipedia: The Boy Who Wanted the Willies” is a Brothers Grimm fairy tale in which a boy named Hans joins a circle of dancing skeletons
    4) Blanca Nieves y los Siete Enanos (Snow White and the 7 Dwarves)…hi ho hi ho, it’s off to work we go!
    5) 3 kings/queens bringing baby Jesus gifts…they ran out of gold, frankincense and myrrh. A chicken is so much more practical!
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    • CB Driver
      April 29, 2011 | 11:14 am

      Hi, Sarah. Great guess. A neighboring country! Actually, it’s Nicaragua… As for fairy and biblical tales, you’re on the right track!

      I love each of your captions…OMG to #2….wild. And #3 is very creative, too. Actually, they’re all cool. Great work….I’m sure I”l use at least one of them. You rock! :)

  8. david
    April 28, 2011 | 1:01 pm

    So the country has been guessed, but here are the real conversations:

    #1- “Si Senor, my father here has agreed to give you this prize winning bull in payment for my new Invisiline braces.”

    #2- “Aieee, someone help! Angelina Jolie is trying to adopt (steal) my baby!”

    #3- “Ladies, I swear to beelzebub, I did not have any work done….well…okay, maybe just a wee bit of filler.”

    #4- “Hey, these Crocks ARE comfortable!”

    “Katy?” (as in Perry)
    “Yes, Russell?” (as in Brand)
    “Here comes Snoop Dogg again. This time he’s wearing a caftan AND he has a chicken on his head. What’s up with that?”
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    • CB Driver
      April 29, 2011 | 11:22 am

      Hi, David. Love that you’ve made ‘dialogue-captions’–very cool!!

      #1 is hilarious….and #2–just brilliant. The others are excellent, too. I think you’re in the running here, for sure. Great work and thanks so much for playing. You’ve got a creative mind and I appreciate that you shared your ideas with us! :)

    • Sarah Got A Passport
      April 29, 2011 | 12:00 pm

      Love these, especially #2, 3, and 4!
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      • CB Driver
        April 29, 2011 | 12:29 pm

        Oh yeah–they’re great ones!

  9. jade
    May 6, 2011 | 11:28 pm

    Okay- love this game! I have no idea what the captions would be or where they are from- first and second and third guesses have already been mentioned and denied! Can’t wait to find out where from!

    • CB Driver
      May 8, 2011 | 5:36 pm

      Hi, Jade. Answers/winners coming soon! :)

  10. Slice
    May 12, 2011 | 7:21 am

    Museum of Legends & Traditions, Leon, Nicaragua?

    • CB Driver
      May 14, 2011 | 3:47 pm

      Hi, Slice. You are the official winner of the guessing portion of this game. Congratulations!! PS: Trippy place, isn’t it? :)

      • Slice
        May 15, 2011 | 3:04 pm

        Yes! Especially the guy patting the cow with the shocked look on his face!

        It’s not a place to be trapped in the dark at night, it’s spooky!
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  11. Slice
    May 15, 2011 | 4:09 pm

    I thought I’d add – I’ve never been there – but know someone who has ;) I’ll definitely swing by if I’m in Leon now though, I need an interview with the shocked man to ask him what he’s shocked about!
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    • CB Driver
      May 15, 2011 | 6:13 pm

      Ah…so you haven’t been there. OK…I see. Still, you’re the winner! :) I wouldn’t want to be trapped there at night either….

      • Slice
        May 27, 2011 | 9:17 am

        When’s the next one coming CB Driver? I’m ready for it haha!
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        • CB Driver
          May 31, 2011 | 9:02 pm

          Hi, Slice. The next one may be in late July. I’m away now and so, I can’t use any of the pics I’m taking since it would be too easy to guess. I’ve got some great mannequin shots, though, which I might piece together into an offbeat photo essay… Thanks mucho for your interest in the game!

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