Podcast #12 – Twin Cities v. Europe with Douglas Mack

Douglas Mack eating fondue in Zurich (for research purposes only).

In this episode, I sat down with Douglas Mack, a funny and brilliant  travel writer based in Minneapolis. His recent book, Europe on Five Wrong Turns a Day, is a tale of venturing through Europe using a guide book from 1963, and in our conversation, I chatted with Doug about his travels, particularly trying to figure out how the best European cities compare to Minneapolis and St Paul.

We discussed why Brussels and Amsterdam are the cities, our love/hate relationship with pedal pubs,  and why Jean Nouvel’s Guthrie Theater’s design is half-baked. We had a great conversation last Sunday afternoon in the Dunn Brothers overlooking the Mississippi River. And what’s more, I successfully operated all the audio equipment. Enjoy this week’s podcast.

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Bill Lindeke

About Bill Lindeke

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Bill Lindeke has writing blogging about sidewalks and cities since 2005, ever since he read Jane Jacobs. He is a lecturer in Urban Studies at the University of Minnesota Geography Department, the Cityscape columnist at Minnpost, and has written multiple books on local urban history. He was born in Minneapolis, but has spent most of his time in St Paul. Check out Twitter @BillLindeke or on Facebook.