Monthly Archives: December 2011

Gelukkig Nieuwjaar!

New Year’s Eve is a big deal here in the Netherlands. I don’t think it’s a stretch to describe the holiday as the Dutch-equivalent of the Fourth of July. Every year, fireworks officially go on sale a few days before … Continue reading

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Europe in Three Minutes or Less # 22 – The Petřín Lookout Tower

Prague has its own Eiffel Tower. Sorta. Watch the video above to learn more about the iconic tourist attraction that Adolf Hitler once tried to have destroyed.

Posted in Czech Republic, Europe, video

The Infinite Winter Project

When I was sixteen I read a review in Entertainment Weekly about an odd novel by a promising young author named David Foster Wallace. The magazine gave it high marks and, since I considered the writers at EW to be the finest … Continue reading

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The Ten Worst Christmas Songs of All Tim…er, Recorded Since 1979

By now you’ve probably seen this XKCD comic strip, which has been making the rounds this holiday season. Not only does it take a crack at Boomer nostalgia, it points out the fact that Christmas songs recorded after the 1970s don’t … Continue reading

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Europe in Three Minutes or Less # 21 – The John Lennon Wall in Prague

Does Ringo have a wall devoted to himself in Prague? Nope. But John Lennon sure does.

Posted in Czech Republic, Europe, music

The Wine, Women and Smokers of Cologne

Perhaps more so than any other country in Europe, Christmas is huge in Germany. Gigantic markets devoted to the holiday can be found in nearly every city between Hamburg and Lindau, all of them offering visitors things like exotic meats, … Continue reading

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Another Stunning Breakthrough in the Field of German Engineering

See this? Do you know what it is? Look closer. Think about it for a second. I can imagine you sitting there, thinking, “Ok, what is this thing?” Then, a moment or two later, it dawns on you and a … Continue reading

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