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Vienna, city of meat [20081007|22:16]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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I'm back from Vienna. I would have stayed indefinitely, except that I think that one more day without a vegetable in my diet might have killed me. The Austrians should be proud of their stately, elegant architecture and their fine taste in painting, botany, music and sculpture. They should not, however, be proud of their concept of a salad, which is still stuck on two variants: potatoes done to death by vinegar, and a single slice of tomato atop a slightly wilted lettuce leaf.

I've promised myself that I will make time this week to go through my photos from Berlin and Vienna and blog them properly. For the moment, here is a picture of the bloke on the cleanest train in the world, connecting the airport to the city center. Seriously, you could have served a salad bar on the floor. You'd have to import your vegetables, though.
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[User Picture]From: becala
2008-10-07 21:49 (UTC)

Clean trains.

Indeed. I was also disturbed by the lack of dirt and graffiti in the metro stations, as well.
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[User Picture]From: becala
2008-10-07 21:50 (UTC)
Note: Upon re-reading my hastily typed comment, I see that I am apparently not disturbed by redundancy.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2008-10-08 08:07 (UTC)
I was relieved to find at least a little bit of dirt in the U-Bahn, but it's still nothing compared to London!
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[User Picture]From: chickenfeet2003
2008-10-07 22:03 (UTC)
Wot! No cabbage?
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2008-10-08 08:08 (UTC)
No. I was puzzled, too, but all my meals were devoid of cabbage.
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[User Picture]From: sanat
2008-10-07 23:33 (UTC)
Awww! Have a nice fat tomato! Or an avocado--do they have decent avocados in the UK?
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2008-10-08 08:09 (UTC)
Yes, but they're really damned expensive.

I had steamed mange tout, broccoli and carrots. They were wonderful.
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[User Picture]From: swerve
2008-10-08 05:21 (UTC)
This is a wonderful photo. There's something surreal about it; I think it's the cleanliness of the train, the absence of other humans, and the bloke's expression.

How long did it take for you to be comfortable with words like flat and bloke?
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2008-10-08 08:14 (UTC)
I must admit, I was almost convinced we were going to be delivered to an alien spacecraft instead of Landstrasse station until a nice young Austrian punk couple joined us in our carriage.

I don't recall having too much trouble with "flat". "Bloke" took longer - maybe a year or so to enter my idiom?
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