Traveling through a foreign country where you can’t really speak the language, and looking at street names that you can’t even begin to pronounce can be quite challenging. I know this from previous experience, traveling all over Europe and South America.
I remember most specifically in Berlin, Germany, the streets of Kurfürstendamm and Dimitroffstraße. Trying to ask for directions to these streets was near impossible. I later learned that locals can’t even pronounce these streets, and that they resort to nicknames.
When I was little, I remember thinking how cool it would be if I could name all the streets in my town. I’d name a street for every member of my family, and then have meaningful words become street names as well. While I’ve been able to do this virtually in games like The Sims for some time now, being able to actually name a street is finally possible. (more…)