Posts tagged ‘Austrian’

March 13, 2013

Dachau at dusk

by ada

I am very much like Keller, the hitman of some Lawrence Block stories: if I spend more than ten minutes in a town, I immediately start fantasising about living there. There are some strange places though where I just don’t get the feeling, and Dachau turned out being one of them. It is a nice, livable town with lots of green parks and abandoned gardens covered with snowdrops like it were delicate Persian rugs, but I simply just couldn’t picture myself living there, riding my bike on the streets and buying groceries at the Aldi shop. I’m not sure if it’s due to the proximity of the concentration camp – in fact, it is incorporated in the city, with kindergartens right next to the fence and living room windows looking at its alleys – because dealing with the past is necessary anyway and it’s rather a healthy way of doing that; but I found myself (totally unusually) not wanting to move there.

And a small but very typical detail: of all of my coworkers, the only one who approved my visit to the Dachau concentration camp, was  a practising Muslim and second generation Turkish immigrant. This fact tells tales of the Austrian mentality, which is rather like “oh no, I don’t go there, it’s not nice, I don’t want to see such things, they aren’t pretty”.  


dachau roofs

Dachau bus stop

Dachau church

Dachau Widerstandplatz

Dachau Pfarrplatz

Dachau church

Dachau Wieningerstrasse

Dachau antiquity

Dachau Hexengasse

Dachau Hofgarten

Dachau Hofgarten

Dachau Schloss

Dachau view

February 11, 2013

silent night

by ada

Today I visited the Stille-Nacht-Kapelle, a memorial on the place of the original church where the Christmas hymn Silent Night, composed by  the village teacher Franz Xaver Gruber, was first sung on the Holy Eve of 1818. It’s located in the small city of Oberndorf, just a half-an-hour train ride from Salzburg.



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Gruber 2

silent night chapel 2

silent night original scores

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September 9, 2012


by ada

Apart from the pain in my lower back which makes me consider suicide about fifty times a day I feel quite okay so I’m trying to make the best out of this sick leave. Today I made an afternoon trip to Linz.

May 13, 2012


by ada

Today I went to see Schloss Leopoldskron. It is private property (as almost all of the castles in Austria), so I couldn’t go in, just took a walk around the lake and visited the small military cemetery nearby.

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