just walking past. I really like this little passage, in spite of the fact that there are very few points of interest here… the little Asian foodstore is about the most important thing here to me. And the gym I suppose.
I had plans to post a picture of H. C. Strache already when I started my blog. I knew that if posters of him popped up, I’d have no trouble finding one where he was somehow mutilated. Normally he gets a Hitler-mustashe due to his very right wing beliefs, but on this poster the artist has gone a bit more creative. Either, it signifies blood coming out from his mouth after being hit, or that he’s a Vampire, or…? In any case, the message is one of hate towards this person. I can’t say I have much love for him either, seeing as he is really, extremely right wing. His party FPÖ organises a ball every year, and it’s always attended by a hefty amount of protesters because of the type of people that go (racists). If you’re keen to check out some ‘live action’ of the ball protests, check out this news entry.
I should probably mention that his party has over 25% of the votes in Vienna….
This is the entrance to the Spanish riding school. According to their web site ( http://www.srs.at/en/): The Spanish Riding School in Vienna is the only institution in the world which has practiced for over 440 years and continues to cultivate classical equitation in the Renaissance tradition of the haute école.
The objective of classical equitation is to study the way the horse naturally moves and to cultivate the highest levels of haute école elegance the horse is capable of through systematic training. The result creates an unparalleled harmony between rider and horse, as only Vienna’s Spanish Riding School achieves.
This is the place where they trained Lipizzan horses, for those of you that know what that means.
So, the other little fella that I posted wasn’t the only confused one! This one probably has a better shot at seeing spring though, if he’s happy to hang out inside for another couple of months. So weird! I wonder why the small creatures are coming to life, when it’s clearly snowing outside… about 25 cms came down today. 🙂
These things are popping up all over town! In the upcoming referendum, Viennese citizens can post their votes in such stands. Some background:
Last time the people of Austria were asked whether they wanted a professional or a national army. This happened in January.. and the people said they wanted to continue the national army. But for the Viennese, the voting is not over yet… In March, they have to vote once again, to give their opinion on four questions which has been discussed in local politics for a while:
– Parkpickerl: Residental parking area – should this be expanded to some districts or not?
– Olympia: Should Vienna apply to get the summer olympics in 2028?
– Privatisation protection: Should local enterprises provide important services to the Viennese, such as water supply and sewerage services, waste disposal, energy supply, hospitals, municipal housing, and public transport be protected from privatisation?
– Renewable energy: Should the city develop further renewable energy projects following the example of the citizens´ solar power plants, which are co-financed by members of the population?
if you want to read more, you can check out the government info page on here.
This is the train to St. Valentin – how is that for appropriate? 😀
Although it is almost not allowed, ‘Everyday life in Vienna’ is going on a weekend trip! People who live in Vienna do take weekend trips, so I think it’s forgivable if I post one or two pictures from the trip this coming weekend; if nothing else it will give you a great insight into a ski-weekend that is perfectly possible to do from Vienna. And before you know it, I’ll be back home to continue the the safe and familiar documentation of everyday life. I hope you’ll enjoy it! 🙂
Oki, so this is becoming a more and more useful blog I realised… for anyone curious about everyday life here, or wanting to move here, or who just got here and want to know about stuff (cinemas, bicycling, getting around, hanging out, clubbing, park facilities, people’s hobbies, food…..), so – I decided that a new name was needed. Still the same concept though! One picture, each and every day, from just normal things around Vienna. I’ve managed over 150 days so far, and pretty proud of that! 🙂
I might have mentioned that Austrians love having dishes that ‘normal’ Europeans would consider to be desserts. This is one such dish: Germknödel. There are many types of knödel, both sweet and savoury. According to trusty Wikipedia, Germknödel is Austrian German for yeast dumpling, and is a fluffy yeast dough dumpling with a mix of poppy seeds and sugar, filled with spicy plum jam and melted butter on top, often eaten with vanilla cream sauce. The dish is served both as a dessert and as a main course.
A Germknödel is usually a spherical or bun-shaped, and its main ingredient is a yeast dough with sugar and fat, usually butter, added to the dough. The dumpling is filled with Powidl, a sweet and spicy plum jam. The dumpling is steamed and then served still hot with either melted butter or vanilla dessert sauce, and topped with crushed poppy seeds and sugar.
So there you have it. Seemingly this is a compulsory lunch when skiing.
If you are in Vienna and you fancy a daytrip skiing somewhere, it’s really easy to hop on the Bus zum Schnee. Included in the price is the transport to and from the chosen skiing area (they have about five), and the lift pass. It’s a pretty sweet deal! I took a trip today with some friends of mine, and had an awesome time in the snow at Hochkar. So at this picture we’re extremely tired and very ready for home, shower and bed. 🙂
The buses leave from Erdberg station, which is on the U3. Check it out!
I’m getting pretty excited about a fish shop that’s about to open across the street from where I live. From the outside it looks something like a cross between a disco and a sauna, so I’m quite curious to see what it’s going to be like when it’s open. I LOVE fish, and there’s quite a limited amount of fish shops in Vienna (Nordsee franchise shops and some other local ones, but not that many outside of the markets), so I’m stoked that I’ll have the opportunity to swing by here to get dinner for myself on the way home every so often. 🙂
Ok now initially I was taking this photo to show the local ‘cheap-and-okay’ clothes store. I have to admit that I get a lot of stuff from there, even though I supported the protests when one of their factories in bangladesh caught on fire and it became known that they has done very little to ensure the safety of their workers.. (I’m full of double standards…). It’s like the cheaper and slightly better H&M.. Even though we have that too. BUT. Also in this picture, in the front, there is a car2go. Which is an awesome car-sharing company here in Vienna. Basically, you just sign up, top up your card, and then you cab get a car from one of their pick up/drop off points. You only pay for the actual usage, so all the other costs of having a car, you can forget! Great initiative I think, as most people in this city could really survive without a car most of the time. 🙂
I wasn’t used to seeing many homeless people before coming here. I’ve seen some, after all Wellington has it’s rough sides too, but you’d usually know them pretty well down there, here there are too many of them to keep track. These two though are my ‘local’ homeless guys. It’s a woman and a man, and they stick together always. I see them sometimes early in the morning, sleeping on the subway like here, or during summer on park benches. I sometimes think to myself that if I were homeless, I’d quite like to have a companion, but I guess it’s pretty hard to consider them ‘lucky’ in any sense of the word, regardless. If I ever dare take a picture of the crowd at the Karlsplatz Ubahn I’ll share it, because there it’s quite a large group that stay the night. But not sure that I’ll ever dare… it’s private. This picture too is very private. But I decided to share it anyway.
I was thinking that I need to make up for yesterday’s hasty picture, but I suppose this really won’t cut it… but anyway! The toilets here in Austria are well worthy of a post. On Wikipedia, I found the following description:
A washout toilet, informally called a German toilet, is a kind of flush toilet predominantly used in Germany and Austria. The German terms for this type of toilet are Flachspüler or Hochspüler. The German toilet has a shelf in the toilet bowl above the water surface to hold the faeces before flushing, where they may be inspected for “health reasons.”
Indeed. I think most foreigners are quite conflicted about being confronted with their own faeces upon their first visits to the loo, but you do tend to get used to it. I have a ‘normal’ toilet at home, which is a bit more comfortable to me… because you really get the ‘full experience’ of your doodoo when you’re on one of these. Smell, sounds, colours… all of it!