Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Austrian Supplement

Just to revisit Austria for a moment, a place known to many Australians as a detour country for our overseas mail,  an Austrian phenomena must be mentioned, mostly seen in Vienna, but elsewhere too. Bumper stickers, tea towels, caps, tee shirts, things to hang in windows, fridge magnets, key rings all saying,


often with a picture of a kangaroo with a strike out line through it.

Finally, while I drink black coffee, the others discovered a Vienna coffee style called Melange. To me, it seemed like cafe latte, but maybe there was a difference.

Going down in the Salzburg funicular, one minute.



A model of the funicular, 10 seconds.




18 comments:

  1. That's funny mixing up the countries or should I say ignorant but hundreds do it as they do with Sweden and Switzerland much to TOH's horror.

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    1. Diane, I understand Austria and Australia being mixed up name wise, but Switzerland and Sweden? I suppose they both start with Sw.

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  2. Hello Andrew,

    Thank you for the virtual funicular ride! Rather less scary than the real thing...for us, at least!

    Are you sure that there are no Kangaroos to be found in Austria. We are certain that we saw at least one on our last trip to Vienna!

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    1. JayLa, you are on the money. I think there are kangaroos in Austria. Goodness knows how they are housed in the winter, but Aussie kangaroos do know snow.

      The funicular was Siemens equipped, so surely fail safe and hopefully better than the trams they built for Budapest and Melbourne. The old eastern Europe was very good at building trams.

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  3. Funny how a missing "al" in the middle of a word leads to misunderstandings. Luckily I have never gotten the two mixed up. G'day mate!!

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    1. Well Keith, there are the stereotypical Americans who don't have a clue, and then there are my blogmate Americans who are intelligent and worldy and who don't mix the two, and can differentiate between Sweden and Switzerland too.

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  4. Funicular travel can be scary, this one doesn't look too bad. :) Red/orange hair in video made me think of Aimee!

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    1. Grace, Aimee is much more attractive than that woman was.

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  5. TY Andrew, have enjoyed your tour so far. Am a bit behind so shall forget reactions like "wow, a wheelhouse you can lower"... Budapest looks far more interesting than Vienna. Salzburg - looks wonderful but I would need to be stone cold deaf if everyone was going to rabbit on about the Sound of Music.
    I enjoy your walks, but am starting to feel a tad guilty about the amount of time I do not spend walking myself.

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    1. FC, in life I tend to go for the interesting rather than the beautiful. Budapest is special. There wasn't too much chat about SoM, but there was a quiz to pass the time on the bus. Our walking stamina increased during our trip, but it is rapidly reverting to its normal self.

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  6. Funicular travel looks very close to some of the scary 'rides' I refuse to go on.
    And I love that Austria is a kangaroo-free zone.

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    1. EC, it did not feel scary at all. Wait until I get to the chair lift above the Thames.

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  7. Andrew, fenicular is a great vehicle.

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    1. Gosia, I like them, and they are useful too.

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  8. I love the keychains!

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    1. Dina, you would have enjoyed seeing all the no kangaroos in Austria items.

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  9. I have that same keychain and I bought at the same castle as your ride while visiting my son in Salzburg. I think it's funny. We hiked up to the castle and rode back down. It was a long hike! The ride down was very much easier. I made a video of the ride too. :)

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    1. Thanks MG. I had forgotten about no kangaroos in Austria. That must have been quite a walk up to the top, but great views once there.

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