VFYW: Stone Vulvas And Naked Frat Bros
It'll all make sense soon, in contest #346. (SFW VFYW)
(For the View From Your Window contest, the results below exceed the content limit for Substack’s email service, so to ensure that you see the full results, click the headline above.)
Our Coloradan super-sleuth in NJ is curious:
Is it just me, or are the contests of the past several weeks increasingly difficult? This is the fourth contest in the last six that I have failed to get correct.
I will probably not get an entry in next week (unless it’s a gimme), as I am traveling to Japan tomorrow for a week. I hope to send you a couple candidate views!
Be well and please pass along get-well wishes to Andrew. He sounded dreadful on the Dishcast last week. I hope he feels better than he sounds.
The past several windows have indeed been more challenging than usual, so I posted the next window as a gimme, to level things out. Plus, I felt bad about leading some of you astray when I wrote at the bottom of last week’s results that I swapped out the photo for a version that un-obscured a small clue, in order to make a difficult view a little less frustrating. But I accidentally posted the same version and then immediately realized it and updated — but since these posts are sent via email, the mistake was frozen in your inbox. So ironically, I caused even more frustration — apologies.
Anyway, the more interesting reason the next window is a gimme: I took the photo myself, from the hotel room of a foreign city I’m visiting this week, because I want to learn about the city through the crowd-sourced talent of you sleuths (and perhaps a local or two). Touristy tips appreciated!
Also, to answer the NJ sleuth’s concern about Andrew: he’s been feeling much much better since getting back to DC from Ptown. Sadly I can’t say the same for Bowie, who had to leave her favorite place:
But don’t worry, she was spoiled with treats — freeze-dried beef liver — in the back seat. So she was perfectly serene the whole 11 hours on the road.
On to this week’s results, a sophomore entry:
Hello Chris! I enjoy the contest each week but don’t have much patience to search/enter. For my second entry, though, I want to give it a shot because the image looks very much like somewhere on Berkeley’s campus (particularly the red-roof, white-building vibe), where I attended law school from 2016 to 2019. I didn’t often venture to other parts of campus, so I’m not exactly sure where this window might be, but if I didn’t guess and it ends up being Berkeley, I will be annoyed. I’ll be more specific and say it’s somewhere near the College of Engineering.
My first entry last year was wrong but in the right vicinity of Cambria, CA, so I’m going with my gut again here. Thanks, and all the best — and to fellow members of the tribe readers/guessers, shana tova!
She’s on the right track with a college town. Another sleuth jumps to the right continent:
I started by thinking this view must be in Europe. Red-tile roofs. Looks like a mass transit hub. The building on the right is modern. Construction crane in the upper-left. The “Do Not Enter” sign appears to be European, not American or Canadian.
I spent time looking at the big tree on the left. I searched “European tree seed cluster.” I think it is some type of maple. I struck out on finding a nice guide to identification of European maple trees based on their seed pods :-p
I’m guessing this is some Eastern European country not well-traveled by Americans. There’s also something that makes me think this might be a university?When I searched for colorful European buses, Lithuania came up in the many results. I’ve spent a couple hours and need to go be productive. Thus, I am picking Vilnius, Lithuania — because it is in Europe, has red-tiled roofs, colorful buses, and a university.
A junior-year entry comes from this sleuth:
Last week was the second time I’ve done this contest and I’m now on the Correct Guesser list — yay! (In my first entry I had the right building but the wrong window.) I spent way too much time on this week’s view and really don’t have a great answer. I thought Eastern Europe, but all the googling for buses has worn me out. I can’t read any of the letters on the signs and didn’t find any buses that matched any in the pictures.
I found a tree that I thought looked like the one with the yellow “flowers” on an apartment complex website that’s located in Prague. Buildings around the complex seem similar, but I can’t find the window or any of the buildings. I attached a picture of the tree for good measure:
Another entry for Eastern Europe:
The word on the left seems Greek, but since Greek is Greek to me, I can’t confirm. And the foliage seemed too lush for Greece (or Cyprus), anyway. Probably something up north. Slovenia seems right. So why not Ljubljana?
Another Ljubljana guess:
This view reminds me of places I’ve been in Germany and Switzerland, but I can’t find anything. So thought I might go a bit further afield, and I had a great contractor from Slovenia who gut-renovated my kitchen a few years ago, so ... you’re following this logic, yes?
Somewhere in Spain? That’s my wife’s vote. I think she’s right! The architecture is right and the buses in the middle distance look like a mix of tour buses and regular, articulated mass-transit buses — which would be right for a European city. Alas, paging through pictures of commuter buses in major European cities has not led me to my answer, so I’ll close my guesswork here.
Another goes next door:
This week’s VFYW looks like a developed city in Europe — not south enough to have palm trees and not north enough for pine-covered hills. I’ll take a stab at a very lovely city I had the pleasure of visiting earlier this year: Lyon, France.
Not France but close. Here’s Chini with a closer-than-usual aerial view, plus a tasty clue: