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We’ve arrived in Copenhagen, Denmark

Posted by Sean Blanda on Oct 31, 2008 in Preconceived Notions

With the capital of Germany in our rear view mirrors, Chris and I have arrived in Copenhagen, Denmark. Like many of the cities along our journey, I do not have very many preconceived notions about this city of 1.5 million. I have read about its high standard of living, high degree of government involvement, and its socially liberal attitudes. In my mind there seem to be several parallels with Zurch, Switzerland.

It is our first official foray into what can be considered Northern Europe so Chris and I prepared to pile on the layers as we may be the only people who head north in the winter months. We have also been told by several travelers that Copenhagen can get expensive, however while thumbing through our guide we have seen several free activities we can do while there. Additionally we were lucky enough to have a local host us while couchsurfing, so by luck Copenhagen may be one of the cheapest cities we visit.

Also, on the ride here, we suddenly realized that our train had pulled into a ferry for a 45-minute trek between two Danish islands.  Being little kids at heart, we immediately ran to the roof.

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Preconceived Notions: Prague, Czech Republic

Posted by Christopher Wink on Oct 24, 2008 in Preconceived Notions

It’s old, cramped and the most provincial international city in the world. That’s what how I imagine Prague - where we’ve arrived today.

I have heard the good word on the city from many travelers. It’s no business hub or modern metropolis, but an old destination along trading routes.

I expect a lot of cobblestone and winding roads where even the cracks of globalization - like what I expect to be the inevitable McDonalds or two - are forced to fit into an architectural mission.

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Preconceived Notions: Vienna, Austria

Posted by Christopher Wink on Oct 22, 2008 in Preconceived Notions

We should be arriving in Vienna’s Westbahnhof (West train station) sometime soon.

For an American perspective on Austria, I remind myself of my preconceived notions before getting to Brussels, Belgium.

I only have the patience for so many stereotypes. So, the nations that are larger, more populous or with which the United States has more interaction develop images in your garden variety white, middle-class American 20-something.

I have clear stereotypes for the English, French, German, the Italians, Greeks, Russians, maybe the Spanish and a collection of Northern European traits.

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Preconceived Notions: Budapest, Hungary

Posted by Sean Blanda on Oct 19, 2008 in Preconceived Notions

Budapest
Budapest used to be split into Buda and Pest.  They have only existed as a single city since 1873.  Hopefully, St. Paul and Minneapolis can just get it over with and do the same one day.

We arrived in Budapest yesterday.

It may be slightly unfair to write any preconceived notions on the Hungarian capital.  My youngest brother was assigned to Hungary when he signed up to be an exchange student, and has been residing in the country for the past several months.

One thing I am told by everyone who has visited there is that the city is simply jaw-droppingly beautiful.  Most acknowledge that the hot springs are it’s most unique characteristic.  Apparently, you can sit half naked next to total strangers in naturally warm water for relaxation.  According hot spring aficionado Tim Wu, they are a can’t miss.

Predictably, the residents of Hungary speak Hungarian.  Hungarian, however is one of the most unique languages in the world and because of this is often heavily studied by linguists and is difficult to learn.  Nouns can have up to 238 forms each.

Other than the hot springs, Budapest is just a big question mark and that’s what makes visiting it so exciting.  In the States we don’t hear much about the happenings in Budapest, so keep an eye out for WDSTL’s take when we release our Budapest episode.  Lord knows you wont see anything about this gem on American television.

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Preconceived Notions: Zurich, Switzerland

Posted by Sean Blanda on Oct 16, 2008 in Preconceived Notions

What does Matt Damon have to do with Switzerland? Read on!

What does Matt Damon have to do with Switzerland? Read on!

I have a confession to make.  Until a few days ago I thought that Zurich was the capital of Switzerland (Alex, I’ll take Bern for 400).

From that thought, you can get an idea of my notions of Zurich.  Turns out, it is the largest city in country, so believing it to be the capital is not so out of left field … or at least that’s what I tell myself to feel better.  Despite being an international city, only 375,000 people can call Zurich home.  In America, that would put it between Honolulu and Raleigh.

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Preconceived Notions: Lyon, France

Posted by Christopher Wink on Oct 13, 2008 in Preconceived Notions

Nearly a half million people live in Lyon, in southern France, a large city indeed.

We should be arriving there from Paris soon - a two-hour train on a busy and well-trafficked line - but I am expecting a far more relaxed place.

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Preconceived Notions: Paris, France

Posted by Christopher Wink on Oct 11, 2008 in Preconceived Notions

Paris is the largest city

I imagined roving tourist locales - the Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysees and others - stuffed with travelers, many from growing middle class Asian communities, and plenty of Americans for Sean and I to stumble upon coincidentally.

There will be outdoor cafes full of chain-smoking, leftists, pretentious artists and Americans stammering over “Juh voodray un cafay oh late, seel voo plate.”

That doesn’t speak countrywide, being its 2.2 million residents make Paris the country’s most populous city and a hub for international exchange.

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Preconcieved Notions: Brussels, Belgium

Posted by Christopher Wink on Oct 9, 2008 in Preconceived Notions

We should be in Brussels, Belgium now, trying to nab a hostel, which we didn’t reserve. More fun that way, eh? Let’s see what I expect.

The country of nearly 10.5 million people is small - roughly the size of Maryland, though it has half as many people - and surrounded by two of the continent’s larger countries - France and Germany, both of which have large influences on the United States.

So, by comparison, I haven’t the foggiest conclusions to make about Belgium or its capital city, Brussels, where we are making a stop now.

Yeah, the waffles, Sean is shouting. Before I set foot here, I pictured ancient Gothic architecture and chocolate stores in its urban settings and rolling green pastures in its rural reaches.

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Preconceived Notions: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Posted by Christopher Wink on Oct 7, 2008 in Preconceived Notions

The famed Amsterdam red light district.

The famed Amsterdam red light district.

Las Vegas on acid.

To imagine Amsterdam, I take my perspective of Holland - canals and curving, narrow stone walkways - and add that to gross excesses of hedonism.

The stories of decriminalized drug use and sex parks in a noted party town tend to blossom into legend, a legend that visitors - and I suspect some residents - want dearly to fulfill. How much of that I partake in is unsurprisingly probably small, but I’ll be interested to see how troubled I am with it all.

Sometimes I am just skeeved by such things - seedy underworlds and such.

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Preconcieved Notions: Milan, Italy

Posted by Sean Blanda on Oct 5, 2008 in Preconceived Notions
Androgyny is in this year.
Androgyny is in this year.

We’re skipping Italy, though Milan was in our original plans. Here’s what I think we’d be missing.

Despite not having much more fashion sense than putting on some jeans and a t-shirt, all I can visualize when I think of Milan is fashion.  Turns out, all of those times I awkwardly enjoyed Project Runway came in handy, as Milan is home to one of the four major fashion weeks in the world (the others being Paris, London, and New York). Oddly enough, there are over 50 fashion weeks including Portland and Fort Lauderdale.   But I digress….

Often overshadowed by Rome in everyone’s Social Studies class, Milan is Italy’s second largest city sporting a population of 1.3 million, roughly equal to Philadelphia.  Milan is also regarded as one of the world’s financial centers and is the seat of the Italian Stock Exchange.

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