Vienna – Intro

City #16, August 2014. I was warned that while Austria may be republic it is a monarchy at heart. Courtly, formal manners. ‘Oh so sweet to your face, but don’t turn your back on them.’ Which is exactly what one expects to find at a royal court: sycophants and tyrants. I was surprised to find that the waiters were even ruder than in my own city, Amsterdam.

Type of Youropeans?  Northern Europeans are hard workers – or so they say. Southern Europeans know how to live – or so they say. Is there are ideal mix somewhere in the middle? I’m still looking for it, but Austria isn’t that place. Austria is definitely Northern Europe. With rules and lots of hard work.