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A Big Fan of the ‘Little Newspaper’

July 18th, 2012 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, Austria, Journalism

A fun discovery at the breakfast spread, here at the Grandhotel Lienz in Austria: The Kleine Zeitung. That translates as Little Newspaper, and nothing could be more direct. This is a quarter-size newspaper, in one section. Like a tabloid, except about half the sheet size. (I placed a Bic pen on the paper, in the […]

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Hot dog! Visiting the ‘Wurstlstandl’

July 17th, 2012 · No Comments · Austria

In the vein of “when in Austria” … I could not, of course, pass up the “wurst” stand across the street from the train station, here in Lienz. Nothing says “central European eating” quite like a plump and piping-hot tube of mystery meat. Of the sort you find at Stoana’s Wurstlstandl. And if my German […]

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The Technicolor Austria Tour

July 16th, 2012 · No Comments · Austria, Football, London 2012, soccer, UAE

When I got to Lienz, in the southwest of Austria, I had no real mental image of what it would look like. Mountains, probably, sure. Maybe a wide valley. Maybe something more like a plain. Possibly denuded hills, from logging. Maybe a dump or a belching factory. But I got far better than that. I […]

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Lutherans in Austria

July 15th, 2012 · 2 Comments · Abu Dhabi, Austria, UAE

I didn’t think they existed — Lutherans in Austria. But when I was walking back to the hotel from the soccer training ground a few days ago, the bells were banging, on the stroke of 7 p.m, at a church across the street, and I decided to take a closer look. The ivy-covered church (interior, […]

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When in Austria, Eat Like the Austrians

July 14th, 2012 · 1 Comment · Austria

Not sure, I really believe that, but I can run with it for a few meals, anyway. For example: My dinner tonight at the Terraserincafe Bierbistro (above), in one of the main squares of Lienz. I wanted to keep it real, Osterreich style, and this is what I had:

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A Hungarian Mystery Perhaps Solved

July 13th, 2012 · 1 Comment · Austria, Football, soccer, The National, UAE

So, the UAE Olympic team, mostly guys 23 or younger, played a team from Hungary the other night, and crushed them, 5-0. UAE football officials were not pleased that the Hungarians put up so little resistance — though it was 0-0 until the 40th minute. (Less than two weeks ahead of their London 2012 opener, […]

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My Austria Pied a Terre

July 11th, 2012 · No Comments · Austria

I have spent very little time in five-star hotels. Actually, I can’t remember the last time I slept in one, before getting to the Grandhotel Lienz, here in Austria. Part of what five-star hotels do, to justify the prices they charge, is to kill you with little kindnesses and services.

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Living the William Tell Overture

July 10th, 2012 · No Comments · Austria, Football, soccer, UAE

I know that the William Tell Overture, the introduction to Giaochino Rossini‘s opera on the Swiss hero … is set in Switzerland. But after a few days here with the UAE Olympic team, in Austria, also in the Alps, I have been reminded of the William Tell Overture … and feel as if I am […]

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