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A Stockholm arrival, prison accomodations

Posted by Christopher Wink on Nov 1, 2008 in Experiences

Sean and Chris stayed in the Langholmens Hotel and Hostel, a converted prison in Stockholm, Sweden.

Sean and Chris stayed in the Langholmens Hotel and Hostel, a converted prison in Stockholm, Sweden.

There were some serious doubts, but Sean and I made it to Stockholm, Sweden just before nine P.M. here, four in the afternoon for you East coasters. The only hostel in which we could find lodging happened to be a converted prison. Worth the additional cost for sure. …That and we had no other choice.

Yesterday back in Copenhagen, Denmark, where we found out - because of the popularity of the trip on weekends - we couldn’t get a train to Stockholm until Tuesday, which would seriously cramp our style.

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Sausauges… continued in Berlin, Germany

Posted by Christopher Wink on Oct 28, 2008 in Experiences

Sean enjoying a sausage and fries at Curry 36, a food stall in Berlin, Germany Oct. 29, 2008.

So, turns out that Berlin, Germany has a noted food stall a bit off its more popular touristed paths: Curry 36.

Once the Lonely Plant tour guides started recommending it, though, it’s business skyrocketed and popularity soared. It went from city favorite to international stop. We had to check in on Tuesday. See video below.

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Welcomed by the children

Posted by Christopher Wink on Oct 26, 2008 in Experiences

He liked the movement of the mouse cursor on my computer screen. So I pried his hands from the keys and opened up Microsoft Paint. With a few interruptions to change color and tool, a four-year-old who stumbled upon me in a park in Budapest, Hungary drew me a computer-generated painting.

Children don’t likely understand the concept of language. I certainly don’t remember when I learned of the six billion people in the world, most don’t speak like me. The little boy with the dirty sweatsuit, dirt on his brown-olive skin, and sand in his bushy, black hair spoke on to me, in a language I couldn’t understand.

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Checking the Phillies score, Game 2 of the World Series

Posted by Sean Blanda on Oct 24, 2008 in Experiences

Unless we can con some bar into staying upon until 6 a.m. it is very unlikely we will be able to watch the Phillies take on the Tampa Bay Rays in the World Series. Something awfully tough for me, as I’ve posted before.  We are resigned to something a little less exciting to check the score.  Below has become our morning routine ever since the Phillies made the NLCS.

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Eating Vienna

Posted by Christopher Wink on Oct 24, 2008 in Experiences

Sean and I devouring apple strudel in Vienna on Oct. 23, 2008. My photo.

Sean and I devouring apple strudel in Vienna on Oct. 23, 2008. My photo.

Look. I am here to eat. Screw the cathedrals. The languages. The cultures.

Tell me a city is known for something tasty and - damn it - give it to me. There’s a few in Vienna. So we indulged.

Yes, bring on the apple strudel. See some video of other goodies below.

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Paris, France in three minutes

Posted by Christopher Wink on Oct 19, 2008 in Experiences

Me and Sean in front of the famed Louvre art museum in Paris, France on Oct. 13, 2008.

Me and Sean in front of the famed Louvre art museum in Paris, France on Oct. 13, 2008.

Shall we review on our whirlwind of a stay in Paris?

When undertaking this blog, Sean and I promised each other we wouldn’t fall into the habit of simply sharing our travel videos. We want to give advice - maybe entertain - and help make your trips better, more efficient and complete. Still, Paris is full of some of the best known locations around the world. We couldn’t help but give you a quick taste of those places you all know that call the City of Lights home.

Check the video highlights below.

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Eiffel Tower, shiney and blue

Posted by Christopher Wink on Oct 17, 2008 in Experiences

Me, Seans brother Brian, and Sean watch a bright blue Eiffel Tower sparkle, Oct. 13, 2008.

Me, Sean's brother Brian, and Sean watch a bright blue Eiffel Tower sparkle, Oct. 13, 2008.

We’re not in Paris anymore, but we didn’t get a chance to talk about something terribly important.

From Reuters:

PARIS (Reuters) - France will mark the start of its six-month presidency of the European Union by lighting up the Eiffel Tower in blue with yellow stars, recalling the EU flag, newspaper Le Parisien reported on Friday. [Source]

So you tell me, how does that look? It gets more ridiculous - check video below.

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Exporting basketball victory to Paris, France

Posted by Christopher Wink on Oct 17, 2008 in Experiences

Some Parisians and us after a game of basketball beneath the Eiffel Tower on Oct. 12, 2008.

Some Parisians and us after a game of basketball beneath the Eiffel Tower on Oct. 12, 2008.

We beat up on some Dutch guys in Amsterdam playing basketball last week. Then, in Paris, France, we came upon a similar group and couldn’t spare them. In the shadow of the Eiffel Tower, we had a good match, shared some French and won outright.

Enjoy the highlights below.

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Time Lapse: Lyon to Strausbourg

Posted by Christopher Wink on Oct 15, 2008 in Experiences

Lots of changes afoot, but those details will come soon.

This morning we caught a train from Lyon, France to Strausbourg, where we caught a direct line to Zurich, Switzerland.

Sean had some fun with time lapse along the beautiful views through eastern France to Strausbourg. Enjoy.

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Sometimes you just gotta dance to European techno in Brussels, Belgium

Posted by Christopher Wink on Oct 13, 2008 in Experiences

Sean and Chris getting down Oct. 11, 2008 in Brussels, Belgium.

Sean and Chris getting down Oct. 11, 2008 in Brussels, Belgium.

Sometimes you just gotta dance. Sean and I got down in one styling Brussels night club after taking the place by storm with three karaoke performances. Sean on Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody, his brother on the Beatles’ Twist and Shout, and I took We Didn’t Start the Fire by Billy Joel. I will point out mine was the only good American music. Ahem.

But, shall we not share some European techno grooving by the two of us below?

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