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Expat’s Voice | The (Other) Sound of Music

Austrians like to show off their serious appreciation of classical music. But if you want them to erupt into joyful singing, you’ve got to play them some Austropop. And you may learn some Dialekt, too It was two o’clock on a Friday morning. I’d followed a herd of colleagues to Bettelalm: a sweaty underground cavern […]
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Cricket in Austria | Searching for the Perfect Pitch

Cricket is everywhere in Austria – if you know where to look. “Er spielt fĂĽr uns!” (“He’s playing for us”) comes the ­repeated ­chirp ­from somewhere behind the stumps. The Vienna Cricket Club batsmen are struggling in this preseason friendly match against the Indian Cricket Club­­ Vienna. ­On a chilly field somewhere just north of the city, I’m […]
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Travel | Dine Like a Kaiser in Budapest, Bratislava and Vienna

To truly dine like a Kaiser take in three Habsburg capitals in one day It’s the decadence of proximity. In our tight-knit corner of Europe even the budget traveler can be a globe trotter. And while it felt indulgent dining in three capital cities in one day, don’t think it meant rushing from one place […]
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Sport | Mallet-Time: Where to Play Croquet in Vienna

Croquet has a small but fervent fan base in Austria The first challenge you face when discussing croquet in Austria is explaining that it’s not the same thing as cricket. The concept of both, it’s fair to say, is pretty vague in these parts. The fact that both sports have a reputation for Englishness and […]
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