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Art à la Carte

Art à la Carte

“I’m sure we can organize something.” The head waitress informed us as we stared silently into the enormous room, full to the brim with guests laughing, chewing and savoring the haute cuisine autrichienne. The owner, after being the star chef of the Steirereck and an often-decorated proprietor of Austria fine cooking, Helmut Österreicher opened a […]

Kitchen Stories at the Fleischerei

Kitchen Stories at the Fleischerei

Abdelrahman Hawy didn’t think twice when his father made him choose between doing military service in Iraq or following his dream of becoming an artist. He came from a military family and being a soldier was regarded as proof of manliness. But not for Hawy. “I told my father I would rather not be a […]

Moving Day in Vienna

„Sind sie eine Studenten WG?“ is the question that has haunted me for the past couple of weeks. A trick question, a secret door that will slam shut should you supply the wrong answer. Yes, we are a “Studenten – WG (Wohngemeinschaft),” even worse, we’re four young men in their twenties bound to cause trouble. […]

Democrats Euphoric! Election Night After

Democrats Abroad Austria (DAA) had decided to hold its election night party the evening after the election this November. What was the point in staying up on election night? Even with the early returns in, there would be no definitive answers till morning Vienna time. Might as well get some sleep. However, the morning dawned […]

Praterwiese

The snow makes crunchy sounds when it breaks under my paws as I run into the Prater Wiese. I’m free!  Hey what’s that smell on that tree?  I’d better go over and check it out. Wow, Butcho has been here, not even ten minutes ago, and Fritzi stopped by about half an hour ago. If […]

Munching for Unicef

Munching for Unicef

“Sorry, could you help me? How do I get to Spain?” asked a blond woman in her thirties as I passed through the crowd. She was wrapped in a brown winter coat, holding on to her little girl with one hand and waving a brochure with the other. But her words were swallowed by the […]

“The Long Way Home”

“The Long Way Home”

Whether it was the war satire M*A*S*H* or the mystery masterpiece Gosford Park, anything director Robert Altman touched turned into a celluloid magic. Altman, who died Nov. 20, was a maverick of modern film making, less interested in making money than in getting an audience to think. His films engage the viewer to read between […]

No Care at Bulgarian Hospitals

When entering the Pirogov General Hospital in Sofia, the first thing you notice is the full waiting room. People wait for everything, for a prescription or an appointment, to visit a relative, or even for emergency care.  Nothing happens fast. Only few staff is present and they are obviously overworked. This is the oldest and […]

Street Action

Street Action

Racist graffiti is not uncommon in Vienna, even in the inner districts.  One can find it smeared on walls and buildings, often a two-word slogan both primitive and simple in message:  Your kind isn’t wanted here. Some people, like political artists Eva Grudin and Yossi Gutmann, think the problem is so pervasive that something drastic […]

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