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Friday, December 15, 2017
editors letter nostalgia
It was all so much simpler then. Back when we were innocent, when we treated each other with respect, communicated without smartphones and buildings were built to last. Sure it was. In memory, we merge reality with idealized editions of the past and repackage it into nostalgia. It may be one of the strongest, most powerful emotions of the collective consciousness. The refrain, “früher hätt’s des net...
readers december 2017
Many thanks for your thoughts, ideas and insights! If you have something to say about Vienna or a story you read here, tell us all about it. Send an email to office@metropole.at. Dear Metropole staff, (In response to several Facebook posts regarding Metropole in various expat social media groups) We’ve been Metropole subscribers for over a year now – actually since we...
medical care
What do Mozart, Alpine Skiing, and Austrian Healthcare Have in Common? They are all sources of immense national pride. Everyone in Austria has access to comprehensive medical care, and around 90% of the population rate the system as very good or quite good. But no policy could call itself Austrian if it did not come with a healthy dose of...
christmas markets
Today, the vast majority of Vienna’s Weihnachtsmärkte (Christmas Markets) open, heralding a season of open-air merrymaking Good for gift shopping or simply soaking up the yuletide atmosphere, visits almost invariably end with a mug (or three) of Glühwein (mulled wine), or Punsch, a heated combination of liquor and juice or tea, giving even normally reserved or chilly Austrians a gregarious...
old tram
It’s getting colder, and sometimes, the cold just won’t get out of my feet and hands when I’m walking around the city – no matter what I do. So my gratitude knows no bounds when I get on one of the old trams still operating on the ring, and I manage to grab that one seat with the heater that...

Identity Issues

university vienna replacing student id
“Ausweis, bitte.” (ID please) The theater clerk’s smile slides into an incredulous hard line as she takes my University of Vienna ID to validate my student discount By Amanda Kontor Despite the protective plastic cover, its long body is bent out of shape, with dog-eared corners bearing witness to its famous incompatibility with seemingly any wallet. The clerk grants me my...
u-bahn
Vienna’s public transportation is fantastic. From the annual pass that gets you around town for €1 a day to the frequent intervals, it’s pretty much undisputed that the Wiener Linien (Vienna Transit Authority) spoils us all. We begin rolling our eyes when we see a “5” indicated on the minute sign, forgetting that compared to many cities, minute signs are...
schlawiner meaning
To be truly integrated in Vienna there are certain terms no dictionary or Deutschkurs will properly explain. But you’re no stranger, so here’s this month’s cheat sheet. SCHLAWINER Noun. A loveable rogue; someone who is untrustworthy, but charming. A crook, but more con man than hardened thug. Often used playfully for naughty boys, skirt-chasing lotharios or used car salesmen. Orig. Slovene or Slavone (Slovenian); in...
from our readers november 2017
Many thanks for your thoughts, ideas and insights! If you have something to say about Vienna or a story you read here, tell us all about it. Send an email to office@metropole.at.   To the editor, (in response to our Facebook share of the Washington Post article “Austria's new Anti-Burqa law isn't Quite Working as Intended") On behalf of the Austrian people (im Namen der...
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