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The Alpine Republic

Interested in trying out your World Cup skills? With over 200 resorts in Austria to choose from, any self-respecting ski enthusiast could spend a lifetime finding the ideal slopes. The following is a selection of some of our favorite Austrian resorts. Remember, this is a country where school children take weeklong field trips to the […]

Snow Bound

Snow Bound

Along with the arrival of winter temperatures, just in time for the Christmas markets and Punsch, comes an introduction to one of the country’s many passions: skiing. For newcomers, this introduction often comes whether you like it or not. If you’ve just arrived in the country and find yourself talking to a native, you will […]

Fall From Grace

Fall From Grace

The bunched ‘peleton’ of Tour de France cyclists were nearing the summit of the 2,645 metre Col du Galibier – one of the most fearsome mountain passes in the Alps. By now the road had narrowed out, the tree line had been left behind long ago, and the riders were blinking up at seemingly never […]

Godfather’s Wine

Down a long crumbling stone staircase, the entrance to the Vinothek of the ancient Klosterneuburg Monastery is little more than a hole in the middle of the side walk. It was a Thursday evening in early October, rain pounding incessantly on the modern glass roof that shields the descent from harsh weather. It is almost […]

A Beat for the Feet

Entering the Haus der Musik, I am still unsure what exactly to expect. Vienna’s only interactive sound museum on Seilerstätte in the city’s first district is no ordinary museum. How could it be; sound is dynamic and very hard to see. Today is the presentation of a Klangteppich, or Sound Carpet, designed by one of […]

Italian Dining Adventure

The three of us, my aunt, sister and I, were on a mission.  We needed to find a good and decently priced place for dinner without going to our usual haunts (Café d’Europe on the Graben or Café le Bol) and still have enough time to make it to our 20:30 movie. Walking out of […]

Meeting with the Mogul

Meeting with the Mogul

He had been described to me as an old man – you know, someone weak of voice, hard of hearing, perhaps with a glimmer of youth still in his eye. Then I met Eric Pleskow, whose walking stick is merely an accessory as he marches forth into the next encounter. His pace cannot have lost […]

A Touch of Hubris, or Beginner’s Bad Luck

Signs of scepticism came from Vienna’s publishing houses in the countdown days to Vienna’s first commercial book fair, conceived as a much younger sister to the internationally renowned, and huge, Frankfurt Book Fair.  Managers and editors in Vienna’s publishing houses mentioned poor organisation and too much going on in too little time, a phenomenon made […]

The Post: No Layoffs for Now

The Post: No Layoffs for Now

On the eve of the winter holiday season, Postal Workers Union leader Gerhard Fritz called for a nationwide strike, should the government and the board of Austrian Post continue ignoring the pleas of the workers to preserve their jobs. “We’re threatening with strikes to prevent a worsening of things,” Fritz said on Nov. 27 in […]

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