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Watching the World Series in foreign lands.

Posted by Sean Blanda on Nov 1, 2008 in Commentary

Sadly, no roiting in Berlin. (Jessica Griffin / Inquirer Staff Photographer)

Sadly, no roiting in Berlin. (Jessica Griffin / Inquirer Staff Photographer)

Like many events in my life, I had pictured it much differently. I thought I’d see the Phillies win it all somewhere in Philadelphia surrounded by red and white-clad die hards. Instead it was Chris, a Canadian, and I in an empty bar in Germany.

But, hey, I’ll take it.

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The pros and cons of the pub crawl

Posted by Sean Blanda on Oct 31, 2008 in Commentary

On a pub crawl, things can often get ... out of hand.

On a pub crawl, things can often get ... out of hand.

There seems to be two sides to the backpacker culture that Chris and I are weaving in and out of.  On one hand you have a group of young, open minded travelers attempting to absorb a culture that is unlike their own.   On the other, you have an international group of under 20-year-old with a nearly limitless amount of free time and a little bit of discretionary spending at their disposal.

In many hostels we have stayed, the latter half of the backpacker culture often manifests itself in the form of the pub crawl/tour combo offered by local companies.  If you never have had the privilege, a pub crawl is when a group of people are led from one drinking establishment to another often receiving discounts and free entry.  In most cities, Chris and I would glance at the flyers and not think twice.  However, in Berlin we decided to change our routine up a bit and tag along with NewBerlin’s pub crawl.  The change in routine had several pros and cons:

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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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We’re in Berlin, Germany and we haven’t found the Internet… exactly

Posted by Christopher Wink on Oct 27, 2008 in Plans

Sean and I made it to Berlin, Germany this afternoon.

We found the station, our hostel, an ATM, even a world-renowned sex club, but no reliable, wireless Internet.

Some pubs tonight, and - we think - even a chance to watch Game Five of the World Series. Tomorrow, sightseeing, touring, and - we think - some posts and updates.

Photo courtesy of Trip Advisor.

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