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Mother Nature’s popsicles

Watching out a tram window one evening, I saw a mother reach up to a bus shelter roof and break off a huge icicle, which she handed to her young daughter. The little girl promptly stuck it in her mouth and began to eat it like a popsicle. I found myself a little horrified. Granted, […]

Foreign Students Get Short Shrift on Transit Passes

Foreign Students Get Short Shrift on Transit Passes

Restrictions on subsidised student transport passes in Austria are under fire from the European Court of Justice (ECJ) on charges of discrimination. In a case addressing unequal treatment for non-Austrian students, the ECJ concluded 4 Oct. that Austria had not justified regulations in Vienna, Upper Austria, Burgenland and Styria, where students are only eligible for […]

Women and Children First

Europeans build strollers the way Americans build SUVs: Size and features rule the day. Ours even has a cup holder. But these do-dads do nothing when it comes to getting you onto an U-Bahn platform; escalators and stairs are verboten and elevators are a question of politics. The Stephansplatz U-Bahn station is a story in […]

Good Morning, Good Luck, Goodbye

Good Morning, Good Luck, Goodbye

My day begins with a 15-minute walk to the U-Bahn station: A walk – now such a routine – that I catch myself retracing my own footsteps every time I set out on it. Quite uneventful. Usually. About to complete the last 200 metres (or so), I stopped abruptly as a message caught my eye. […]

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