Category Archives: Austria

This winter I decided 2 ski weeks weren’t enough. I mean… I’d had to miss skiing during the entire pandemic. I had some making up to do. Unfortunately I only have so many holidays, so I settled for a long weekend in Austria. On Thursday we took the train via Munich to Zell am See, with a return on Sunday afternoon. We had 2,5 days and 3 ski fields to choose from. The ski area at Zell am See, Schmittenhöhe, is not that big, so the ski pass also included skiing at Kaprun and Saalbach-Hinterglemm-Leogang. It was really more than we could cover in 3 days, but we managed to explore all of it a little bit. On Friday we were at the rental shops when they opened and we geared up. It was pretty warm and I was already sweating before I even had the skis. We went up…

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This weekend were the Hahnenkamm races in Kitzbuhel. I’ve never seen anything like it, but I wasn’t sure if I had a day off to go to see it. On Thursday I arrived at work with one of my colleagues. Not many people were working that day. As we entered the office my boss totally surprised me with free tickets to Friday’s Super G. For weeks people had been talking about going to the races and I know others had been begging for tickets, so I was super stoked I got to go. The next day I gathered with some friends at 9AM. We would have some breakfast, get some supplies and head out early. Only… the race was postponed due to the weather. On top of that the start and finish lines were moved. The racers wouldn’t even finish where the official finish was and where all the crowds…

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Time flies when you’re having fun. Or when you’re working your ass off. It feels like forever ago that I had time to sit down and gather my thoughts. At the end of October I had my Halloween tour, followed by the end-of-season-party to wrap up summer. I had two nights in my own bed before I went to Morocco and then another week before moving to Austria. On the 4th of December I flew to Innsbruck. I dragged my bags on a bus and two trains and arrived in Kirchberg. It wasn’t the warmest of welcomes. I got picked up from the train station by my new boss. He drove me two minutes down the road and knocked on the door of an apartment. Kim, a girl I’d been in touch with via What’sapp, opened the door and my new boss left me. Kim showed me the rooms and…

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This grid might not be the main focus of the photo, but is just as much part of it as the background. It’s on the cemetery of St Peter, where you can find gorgeous graves in a small, lush space, enclosed by the mountain and the church.

In a job you create a network. As a tour leader my network started with colleagues, who are always there to provide advice and give suggestions. So when I made a contact in Vienna, who could provide me with discounted concert tickets, I wasn’t at all surprised when we exchanged phone numbers. All I had to do was send a text and tickets would be reserved. Even when he asked me to come for a drink I didn’t thing anything of it. Sure, we’ll have a friendly conversation. During this friendly conversation, about an hour in, the subject suddenly changed. Did I have a guy in my life? Wait. What? He’s into me? Even since, I wish I would have answered differently. I get out of this drink thing without too many awkward moments, but already fear the next meeting. And yes, the next time he meets me on his…

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Doing laundry at a launderette is not nearly as glamorous as they claim in the movies. I dragged my stinky bag of laundry to the laundromat around the corner in Vienna. Instead of glamorous people reading books and working on their laptops, there are old people and overworked mums staring at the washing machines going round and round. Instead of a hot guy walking in, a homeless man is doing laundry. While I wait for my washing to be done, wafts of cigarettes and pure sweat are passing by. I wonder what has made this man homeless. How does one find himself in this situation? I try to cover my nose without being obvious about it. The smell is unbelievable. I guess he can’t wash all his things, so he is wearing a jacket with one button done up, his big belly hanging out from underneath. When my clothes go…

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The center of Vienna houses an old clock. Every day at midday its inhabitants start dancing on a variety of music. I just had to check it out. I feel like a child in anticipation of the Punch and Judy show. But this is the Austrian version. The Anker clock was built by an Insurance company in 1914. Designer and builder Franz von Matsch wanted to show the transience of life (and how important life insurance is) with this art nouveau piece. I guess advertising was big business back then as well. The clock is more than just that though. It’s homage to people from the history of Vienna. Every hour one of these people waltzes through the clock. So what do you need to do to end up dancing in a clock for eternity? Who are these people? I did some research and found out they’re not just any…

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When I was at home, travelling was going on short trips, city trips being one of the favorites. I’ve been away from home for a while now, and even though I’m exploring some of the most beautiful places on earth, I miss Europe. I miss the cities full of history. My last city trip was when I came home in between my first and second year in Australia. I have fond memories of this trip as I did it with my grandmother. We visited Vienna for jam-packed days of sightseeing and my grandmother had even more energy to explore the city than I did. Vienna is a gorgeous, old city. Just walking around is like walking through a museum. There are dozens of attractions and parks to explore and even just a wander through the streets is an experience. The city breathes life and radiates history. There is a certain…

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Behold Hofburg palace in Vienna, winter residence of the famous Habsburg family. The statue in front of what is now used as the library, is of Frenchman Prince Eugene of Savoy. This general in the military had sworn loyalty to the Habsburgs. The statue is placed on the Heldenplatz, or Hero Square, so this might indicate how people saw him and how important he was for the history of Austria. Besides war, he was also interested in art. I guess the position of the statue makes sense, even now. I particularly like the position of this statue. From the front it is a nice view towards the library and palace. Seen from the back, it’s like the statue watches all over Vienna. Still keeping guard. Got into the statues? Get over to Where’s my Backpack for a whole lot more of them!

It’s that time of the year again. The sun’s bright and hot and while others enjoy the beach I start thinking about winter. It’s not that I don’t like the sun, it’s just that I really want to find a cool job for this winter. It’s been a while since I last skied and meanwhile I see all those snowy photos from people who are not living upside down in the northern hemisphere. After working in the ski fields for two seasons I’m hooked. Every day I am tempted to look for jobs online, even though I know they aren’t posted yet. My departure for New Zealand comes closer and in my head NZ is already associated with a winter of racing down the slopes. I can totally see myself living with other snowbums, working in an awesome resort and playing every chance I get. I would just feel so…

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