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WDSTL dot com: making browsing easier

Posted by Christopher Wink on Dec 19, 2008 in Experiences

Sean and I almost always got the same two responses when we told people the name of our podcast and blog: We Don’t Speak the Language.

They laughed. It was catchy and they remembered it, but, they almost always added, it is long, isn’t it?

Yeah, not only do we have to brand, we have to do it in five words or less. You’re welcome, then.

It is probably among the more clumsy acronyms, but now we own WDSTL.com, so use that for your visiting pleasure.

That’s right, come visit We Don’t Speak the Language at WDSTL.com. Yay short domain names!

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One chapter of WDSTL closes

Posted by Christopher Wink on Dec 18, 2008 in Experiences

Sean and Chris in Stockholm before leaving for the airport to return home on Nov. 4, 2008.

Sean and Chris in Stockholm before leaving for the airport to return home on Nov. 4, 2008.

We may have gotten home six weeks ago and completed our last podcast last month, but I am still recovering.

Thus far, WeDontSpeaktheLanguage.com has been home to our video podcast and travel blog, chronicling five weeks backpacking Europe. That portion is done, though a new incarnation of this successful project may be seen.

For now, below, see our most popular and favorite posts and videos. Thanks for following us!

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Graffiti around the world: How the Philadelphia creation of tagging has gone global

Posted by Christopher Wink on Nov 11, 2008 in Experiences

Graffiti in a skatepark in Brussels, Belgium. The Philadelphia creation has gone global.

Graffiti in a skatepark in Brussels, Belgium. The Philadelphia creation has gone global.

Graffiti is global.

We’ve spotted some great tags across Europe, more so than in even a city like Philadelphia, where the very concept developed - more on that below.

Check a slideshow of some of the best on Flickr.

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Dagens rätt in Stockholm, delicious and somewhat cheap

Posted by Christopher Wink on Nov 10, 2008 in Experiences

The fixed price menu of Slingerbulten in Stockholm, Sweden on Nov. 3, 2008.

The fixed price menu of Slingerbulten in Stockholm, Sweden on Nov. 3, 2008.

On Monday, Sean and I took on the urban Swedish tradition of dagens rätt, a fixed price menu for lunch, at Slingerbulten in Stockholm.

Fish, potatoes and cabbage, as per tradition, but even more so is the act of a cheap(er) meal for working people in a business district. We paid 80 Swedish krona ($10.5 USD). In a city as expensive as Stockholm, that is divine.

Check video of the feast below.

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We’re back: WDSTL comes home

Posted by Christopher Wink on Nov 9, 2008 in Experiences

Sean Blanda (left) and I on the Philadelphia Art Museum steps on May 28, 2008. Together we travel blogged and podcasted for a month while backpacking Europe.

Sean Blanda (left) and I on the Philadelphia Art Museum steps on May 28, 2008. Together we travel blogged and podcasted for a month while backpacking Europe.

OK, so we weren’t entirely honest.

If you saw our final episode, you know that Sean and I returned.

On Tuesday, Nov. 4, we flew from Stockholm, Sweden to Dusseldorf, Germany before heading across the pond back to Philadelphia.

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Where we stayed during our month-long tour of Europe

Posted by Christopher Wink on Nov 9, 2008 in Experiences

The bed on which I slept while couchsurfing in Budapest, Hungary on Oct. 20, 2008.

The bed on which I slept while couchsurfing in Budapest, Hungary on Oct. 20, 2008.

Turns out many of you have been interested in where we slept at nights. So we’ll do you one better. Here is a list of everywhere we stayed, our experiences and any other advice we have about this end of a tour like this.

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Hungarian cooking lessons in Budapest

Posted by Christopher Wink on Nov 6, 2008 in Experiences

Enjoying a meal in Budapest, Hungary on Oct. 21, 2008.

Enjoying a meal in Budapest, Hungary on Oct. 21, 2008.

Sometimes, when you use Couchsurfing, you really connect with your host. In time, conversation and interests. Such is how things went for me and my host Bálint in Budapest, Hungary.

I stayed with him two nights. From our first conversation - over a garlic and eggplant dip of his mother’s creation and some Hungarian beers of my purchase - I knew he was a good, fun guy, interested in the world and excited to try out his English - the jokes came faster the better we got to know each other.

So, I was excited to hear his offer to cook a traditional Hungarian stew if we bought the ingredients.

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Delicious food from the streets of Stockholm, Sweden

Posted by Christopher Wink on Nov 3, 2008 in Experiences

Sean and I dropped in on the famed Nystekt Stromming truck in the Stadsmusset neighborhood of Stockholm. It was our chance at (relatively) cheap traditional Swedish foods: fish, potatoes, and cabbage.

Seany found himself the fish and cabbage on a hamburger bun. I got a plate full of the goodness: a pile of mashed potatoes, topped with grilled fish (which I do not know), pickled cucumbers, cabbage, onions and what looked like cole slaw.

Delicious, my friends. Check video of the fun below.

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Stockholm, Sweden: Slipping, Signs and such

Posted by Christopher Wink on Nov 2, 2008 in Experiences

A sign in the Gamla Stan neighborhood of Stockholm, Sweden on Nov. 2, 2008.

Today we toured one of the most historic, beautiful, highly regarded and perhaps least toured cities in Europe - despite it being November and notoriously expensive.

Should we show you historic sights to be had? Not yet.

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In Europe, even the mannequins are good looking

Posted by Sean Blanda on Nov 2, 2008 in Experiences

It’s no secret that Europe and America have different moral compasses when it comes to sexuality. Nudity is allowed on the BBC while on American television you’re one wardrobe malfunction away from millions of dollars in fines. In Europe we’ve seen billboard advertisements leaving nothing to the imagination, and even passed an art gallery in Berlin where the paintings in the window would be considered pornographic in the States (lets just say, shopping carts were involved).

In Eastern Europe this was especially true in store displays as the plain faced American mannequins became seductive life sized models, complete with nipples and a seductive look. If you have bad vision you may think you’ve wandered into the Red Light District all over again.  The following were seen in Vienna:


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