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Sneak off, You Arse Violin!

Sneak off,  You Arse Violin!

The Viennese pride themselves in being a culture of misanthropic complainers. A society of the dissatisfied, oblivious to the fact that many Austro-expletives – dialect or otherwise – are utterly endearing, cringingly funny or so shamelessly graphic you can’t resist a chuckle. A lazy person is an “Owezahrer”, literally someone who pulls you down.  The […]

Expat Emergencies

Expat Emergencies

More than half a million foreigners live in Vienna. But in moments of crisis, in an unfamiliar legal system and lacking a firm social network, things can be difficult, and at times even dangerous. From free legal advice to support groups for bi-national couples, here are suggestions on where to get started if problems occur. […]

Chez Cliché: Apartments with Personality

Chez Cliché: Apartments with Personality

Under a photo of a garden table set for eight, whose surfaces were wild with long grass and flowers, botanist Sophie Gruenhaus had written an invitation: “Let’s have a tea party! Who’s in?” After she posted it on her Facebook page, 16 of her 562 friends liked it. All of which would have been quite […]

Viennese Types: The ­Romance and Reality of Work

Viennese Types: The ­Romance and Reality of Work

Copper engravings came first, depicting early street professions, the stuff of both legend and stereotype – canvas merchants, cheese makers, milk and egg sellers, tobacco peddlers, saucy laundresses that still titillate the imagination. Many are pictured with mouths agape, mid-call. Street criers were a common sight in any city of the pre-industrial age, and even […]

Summerstage

Summerstage

It could be said about the Viennese that the one thing they enjoy more than wining and dining with pleasant company would be doing the same outdoors. Even in the dead of winter, they seem to love standing around in the cold, with nothing save a warm mug of something strong. Now, at last, winter is […]

Our Sneakers, Ourselves – Stalking the Shoe for You

Our Sneakers, Ourselves – Stalking the Shoe for You

“Supergas or Converse?” Runway models du jour state their allegiance in a questionnaire regularly published in a blog of The New York Times Magazine. This is not a new question. The two classic sneaker brands are far older than most realize: Superga debuted in 1911 Italy as state-of-the-art tennis shoes. Converse, the classic American brand, […]

Siebensternviertel: Community by Design

Siebensternviertel: Community by Design

In early 20th-century Vienna, Secession artists met in the coffeehouses like Sperl or Café Museum near Karlsplatz; in the early 21st century, Vienna’s artistic set can be found in the coffeehouses of the Siebensternviertel. The neighbourhood had me seriously (for about five minutes) considering chopping my long hair to a face-framing bob like the ones […]

Intern(al) Culture Shock

Intern(al) Culture Shock

Cold Comfort for the Weary by Sam Poloway Waking up at noon with my ears still ringing from a late night at Chaya Fuera – a club that rocked me until six in the morning – my roommate and I decided to go out to get ingredients for Bloody Marys. Walking into the grocery store […]

Schanigärten: The Sidewalk Takeover

Schanigärten: The Sidewalk Takeover

Impatient for outdoor socialising, Vienna tempts the spring season starting on 1 March – the day the city’s 1,800 Schanigärten are officially allowed to open. Whether or not winter has given up, the fresh-air freaks begin basking in the Saturday afternoon sun at outside tables on the Naschmarkt. “Oh look, they have blankets,” an American […]

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