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Leaving Austria Again

Leaving Austria Again

I’ve really enjoyed traveling across Austria. It’s a beautiful place with a fascinating history. But the time has come to move on, and I’ve booked a train ticket to Switzerland. Birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Salzburg I’ll let you know what I find when I get there. Until then, bear in mind this old Austrian proverb: ‘The earth does not shake when the flea coughs’ Wise words. If you liked this post, you may also enjoy Sampling a Sachertorte, Where…

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Where Eagles Dare

Where Eagles Dare

Bergisel Ski Jumping Stadium Long suffering readers of Midlife Crisis Odyssey will be familiar with my love of the Olympics. Summer or winter games, the Olympics are a two week festival of sport that has me glued to the telly. I’ve been lucky to visit a few Olympic sites during my travels, and when I arrived in Innsbruck, I was keen to add another one to the list. Innsbruck was the host of the 1964 and 1976 winter games, and…

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Hangar 7

Hangar 7

The Flying Bulls There’s a lot of money to be made flogging unhealthy energy drinks to people with unbalanced diets. And with all that cash, you can afford to do all kinds of expensive things, like run a Formula 1 team, sponsor athletes, and create your own sporting events. In the 1980s, Red Bull linked up with commercial pilot and vintage aircraft nut Sigfried Angerer to start collecting, restoring and flying historic aircraft. Which is something else that requires a ton…

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Leaving Austria (for now)

Leaving Austria (for now)

With Vienna being so close to the border with Czechia, I’m going to head to Austria’s northern neighbour for a look around. I’ll let you know what I find. Horse and carriage rides in Vienna may be touristy, but they still look pretty cool Until then, bear in mind this old Austrian proverb: ‘First bake the strudel, then sit down and ponder’ Wise words. If you liked this post, you may also enjoy Visiting the Freuds’ Part I, Part II…

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Sampling a Sachertorte

Sampling a Sachertorte

I got a job once as a breakfast cook in a hotel. I was traveling around Australia and, being a little short on money, bluffed my way into the position at a relatively large hotel complex. My first day on the job, whilst the head chef was showing me the ropes, I set fire to a tea towel. This action, plus my general unfamiliarity with the workings of a large commercial kitchen, soon made it clear to the chef that…

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Visiting the Freuds’, Part II

Visiting the Freuds’, Part II

Berggasse 19 is an impressive building of six storeys, located in Vienna’s 9th District. Built in 1889, it was the home and practice of Sigmund Freud for 47 years, until he and his family were forced to flee the Nazis in 1938. Eighty-five years too late for an appointment, I turned up for a look. I was interested in visiting the Sigmund Freud Museum for a couple of reasons. First, regardless of the fact that nowadays some of his theories…

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Visiting the Freuds’, Part I

Visiting the Freuds’, Part I

Back before my Midlife Crisis Odyssey, when I was just having the crisis without the odyssey, a mate asked me one day how I was getting on. I told him I was no longer seeing any benefit from my regular sessions with my psychologist, and he suggested I give psychoanalysis a try instead. Now this particular friend knows a lot about pretty much everything, and feeling I had nothing to lose, I took his advice, found a local practitioner, and…

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