I am not a huge fan of the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. While I appreciate the artistry of the 16th and 17th century European oils which are the bulk of the collection, I find the works’ motifs and the overabundance of portraits tedious. When I travel to my nation’s capital for some cultural edification, I … Continue reading The Virtue of Temperance
Lax zoning laws in Austria continue to allow 100 square meters of arable land to be lost every minute to construction projects. The last vegetable farmers in Vienna, a family farm that has been growing vegetables in the Donaufeld alluvial plan for 150 years, are being forced off their land to make way for a … Continue reading Farming Simulation League
Municipal tourist boards invest significant effort in promoting the local character of their cities. Convincing potential visitors in advance of the beauty and distinctive allure of their hamlets, however, can be challenging. This is especially true for Graz as we have to compete against our globally recognized federal capital with its Sachertorte, imperial architecture, and … Continue reading Comrades, visit Graz!
Until today Haruki Murakami was not only my favorite Japanese author, but also my favorite Japanese marathoner. His personal reflections on running in What I Talk About When I Talk About Running are fantastic and it is my all-time favorite running book. Today, however, Kento Kikutani dethroned Murakami and became my favorite Japanese long-distance runner. … Continue reading Kento Kikutani rocks!
The Viennese have a macabre fascination with death and funerals. Strolling in Europe’s second largest cemetery is a common pastime and the city even boasts a funeral museum. Ensuring that one is a schöne Leich – a beautiful corpse – when passing is of primary importance to many Viennese. Although I no longer live in … Continue reading … i brauch ka schöne Leich …