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Jobs, Hope and La Lengua

Jobs, Hope and La Lengua

Tied snugly into her apron and Dirndl, balancing plates of Schnitzel and mugs of house-brewed beer, Estela Muñoz is a journalist disguised as a waitress, having found a job in Vienna using the English and Spanish that had gotten her nowhere at home. Luckily for her, the traditional Austrian Gasthaus has plenty of international customers. […]

Book Review: Between Avant-Garde and Mass-Market High Culture

Book Review: Between Avant-Garde and Mass-Market High Culture

How do foreigners think of Austria? Ask a German or an Italian – as the Federal Ministry of Economy did in 2005 – and the top two responses are “Mozart” and “Sissi & Franzl”, the icons of music and monarchy. In fact, nearly all the figures named in the study – Freud, Klimt, Schiele, Strauss […]

Publications Coaxing a Click

Publications Coaxing a Click

After reading a piece on nytimes.com, the site suggests related articles. You click. The screen turns dark and a bright pop-up window appears: “You’ve reached the limit of 10 free articles per month.” You could pay the 99 cents to get unlimited access for the first four weeks, but you hesitate… When the internet became […]

Learning to Go With the Flow

Learning to Go With the Flow

Just 11 years after the “flood of the century” devastated parts of Upper and Lower Austria, Austrians once again felt the full destructive impact of a river system bloated to record levels. At the beginning of June at Korneuburg on Vienna’s western edge, the Danube reached a height of 7.93m with 10,600 cubic metres flowing […]

After World War II: Finding Where I Belong

After World War II: Finding Where I Belong

The eye changes over time: Looking back now 50 years on the manners, conventions, look and style of the 1950s feel like a foreign land: familiar, but very far away. This is the world of Where I Belong, the first feature length film written and directed by Austrian filmmaker Fritz Urschitz. Set in a small […]

Moving into Vienna

Moving into Vienna

For most of us, searching for an apartment is not a peaceful process. But once you’ve finally found a letterbox to write your name on, a floor that’s all your own, and a Stiegenhaus with glorious acoustics, there are just a couple more details to iron out before you can set your cat free to […]

Mentoring Cycling’s Future

Mentoring Cycling’s Future

For the first time in nine years, Austrian Bernhard Eisel was not amongst the 198 cyclists at the start of the Tour de France, as he had expected. A member of the British “Team Sky”, he was “really disappointed”. But on the bright side – and with him there always seems to be a bright […]

Rebekka Bakken: Genuss Factor

Rebekka Bakken: Genuss Factor

Rebekka Bakken is enjoying a lovely spring day in one of her favorite places, the beautiful wine valleys of the Wachau. As she strolls up to a café by the Danube with friends, a bewildered old man spots this tall, radiant, uninhibited woman with long, flowing hair and large sunglasses as she walks by and […]

Reinventing Roma

Reinventing Roma

“When I was a child, ‘Zigeuner’ was my name, my origin and my job description,” remembered Rudolf Sarközi. The 69-year-old chairman of the Kulturverein Österreichischer Roma (Cultural Association for Austrian Roma) grew up in southern Burgenland, an area where Austria’s indigenous Roma still live. Sarközi rejects the label Zigeuner (gypsy) with its racist and stereotypical […]

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