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Welcome to the Jungle

Welcome to the Jungle

It is 5:00 in the morning. They lie in damp grass that gets increasingly uncomfortable as time passes. They have waited for hours, listening for the slightest noise. Suddenly, one shot, and the waiting is forgotten. This is not Africa or the wilds of the Yukon. This is Vienna, where a group of intrepid local […]

Am Kahlenberg: The Sky’s the Limit – Literally

As a Grätzl, the Kahlenberg – the “Bald Mountain” that crowns the Wienerwald on Vienna’s western edge – is like no other.  Of course at 484 metres it’s not really a mountain, even for the English, and laughably not by the standards of the Alps. That’s just Wiener Schmäh – a bit of ironic exaggeration […]

Out of Context

I’m standing quite still in a grassy, tree-cloistered alley. Just yards away, something is emitting a thin, grating shriek, over and over. So haunting is the call, my young son grabs at my legs and wants to return the way we’ve just come. And this despite the fact that we’ve just, quite literally, come eye-to-eye […]

Bonding to Vienna

On visiting Vienna from the U.S. in 2006, Turkish born psychiatrist Vamik Volkan took himself one beautiful Sunday afternoon up to the Kahlenberg, for a pleasant walk in the countryside and the view across the valley. Also out for a stroll that day, were groups of Turks, all ages, families, friends one after another, all […]

Late Winter in the Wienerwald

As spring peeks up from between the rocks and pries it’s way out from under the frozen grown, the urge becomes almost irresistible to cancel life for a day and head for the Vienna Woods. In the last days of winter, the trees are still bare, and the light a blue and silver brown against […]

Beyond Vienna’s City Walls

The opulence of imperial life draws millions of tourists to Vienna every year. The Schönbrunn Castle, Belvedere Palace and Hofburg imperial palace are the highlights of any guided tour. Yet, architectural beauty and noble family histories can be found beyond the city’s borders and off the tourist beaten track. Within two hours of Vienna, medieval […]

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