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Graz makes the odd news… sort-of

I was surprised to find this tidbit on the “Odd News” wire:

An 87-year-old man accidently drove the wrong way for seven kilometres (four miles) down an Austrian motorway before being stopped, police said Thursday.

No accident resulted from the ride on Wednesday night. The man said the rain and darkness had caused him to go in the wrong direction.

“It’s a miracle that there was no accident, especially since he kept scrupulously to his right and drove in the passing lane,” said Maximilian Ulrich, a police spokesman in the southeastern city of Graz.

Read the full article here.

botanischer garten

Botanischer%2520Garten.jpgToday, I went to check out Graz’s Botanical Gardens. It was very difficult to get into the greenhouse because at the entrance gate, there is a sign to enter at the side gate. Once you’re in the side gate there are a number of (WRONG) doors that lead you to offices and conference rooms. I finally figured out that to get into the entrance of the greenhouse, you have to walk around the entire thing first and get back to the front! There are no signs to indicate this, by the way, you’re supposed to figure it out on your own. Anyway, the inside was not as impressive as I might have imagined. There is some landscaping and some fantastic examples of what happens if what we know as a houseplant is allowed to grow in the proper evironment – they usually turn into big, big trees!

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket I did, however, come a way with a little collection of my own. I asked if they had any plants for sale, but they do not. Actually, they looked at me like I was nuts or like I thought I was in a plant store, instead of a botanical garden. In the United States it’s very common for a botanical garden to sell little cuttings and leaves to make some extra cash – I guess it is not so in Austria.

Anyway, I picked up a few stems and leaves that fell off as I brushed past them. The little glass contains pieces of: Camellia Sinesis (green tea plant), Fire Stick (from a 20 foot tree!!), Button climbing fern, Begonia and some really bizarre multi-segmented tree leaf (don’t know if that’s going to grow into anything).

Megaphon Party Today

Today, Friday the 27th beginning at 4PM, Megaphon magazine is hosting a party at Augartenschloessl to celebrate the opening of their new office. Music, magic show and other good stuff. Should be fun. See you there.

Ich bin Tourist? Bah!

So, I am bugged by those billboards around town with the three black guys and text that reads, very roughly translated: “Eeenie, Minie, moo. I am blacker than you. But not much longer. Iinstead of ‘Black’, say, I am a ‘Tourist’.”

The text is based on a children’s rhyme. The meaning is supposedly playful: if you are black and want to fit in in Austria and be treated fairly, tell people you are a tourist. They are more likely to treat you fairly if they think you are passing through with money to spend, than if you are a person of color who happens to live here.

Is this billboard addressed to people of color who struggle to be accepted in this society, or to white Austrians who discriminate against them? Is it saying to white Austrians: Look how unfairly you act, or is it saying to Black Austrians, good luck, pal, maybe this ploy will help you get good service at K & O. In any case, I feel it a failure; its message is humiliating and ineffective. Bah!


So, it’s only taken me 6 months to discover the public library here in Graz. I don’t feel too bad; my wife, who has lived her entire life in Graz and is an avid reader to boot, still doesn’t have a library card–I’m sure Moser is happy about that.

Anyway, the main branch on Belgiergasse downtown is quite beautiful, with a nice selection of books and helpful librarians. Around the corner is the Media Center with CDs, DVDs, Videotapes and such.

The other day we rented, among others, Bonjour Tristesse with David Niven and Jean Seberg. Trippy, 50s picture with creepy oedipus/electra stuff going on and in which everyone is so manic and artificially upbeat I thought I would scream. Calm down, everyone. But the Riviera scenery was great and the film, based on the book by Francoise Sagan, was memorable.

So, if you want to check it out, here are the libraries’ hours and addresses:

Neue Öffnungszeiten ab 2. Jänner 2007

Stadtbibliothek Zanklhof,

Vorbeckgasse 12

Montag: 10.00 – 17.00 Uhr
Dienstag: 10.00 – 19.00 Uhr
Mittwoch: 10.00 – 17.00 Uhr
Donnerstag: 10.00 – 17.00 Uhr
Freitag: 08.00 – 15.00 Uhr

Grazerstraße 54
Vinzenzgasse 20
Hasnerplatz Kiosk
Wienerstraße 255
St. Leonhard,
Sparbersbachgasse 40

Montag: 08.00 – 14.00 Uhr
Dienstag: 11.00 – 17.00 Uhr
Mittwoch: 11.00 – 17.00 Uhr
Donnerstag: 11.00 – 17.00 Uhr
Freitag: 08.00 – 14.00 Uhr


I’ve just spent the weekend making a hochbeet, which is an above-ground flower or vegetable garden. Here is what it looks like today before we put the final layer of soil in.
I found the plans on the internet. It is simple to make and the total cost for materials was 86 Euros. We bought everything at Baumax. Here’s how it works:

City # 54

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flea market

if you need nothing special but love to finde crazy things you have to go to the flea market

this is what i´ve found, it´s a pepsi add button and it says

“doctor, is the devil in you?” (something like that)

it´s today and tomorrow, enjoy…………

The first time I’ve been impressed by Chinese Food in Graz

Naturally, being Chinese-American, I’m quite picky with Chinese food. And since I’ve been here, most experiences have been horrendous. I’ve since learned to lower my expectations. Friday night, after discovering Teranga was closed (the 3rd closed African restaurants I’ve tried to visit), we trotted over to Midori, the new place on Sackgasse.
Running sushi never appeals to me, but they had vegetarian dishes that I was keen on trying.

See this?
Vegetarian "meat"

That was utterly delicious and better yet – it was made from soya. Soya “meat” is the Buddhists’ greatest invention to pacify a vegetarian’s childhood tastes for meat. Highly recommend this dish: schweinsribbchen (at first I thought it was a mistake in the menu to have that listed under “vegetarian dishes”) What was also nice was the side dish called “zongzi”. It’s a little sweet rice/bean/peanut clump wrapped and steam in lotus leaves – one of my favorite flavors. I think I saw them on the running sushi line too.

just a gateway ! ? ?

it´s really fascinating how people decorate their houses…


i´ve seen so many gateways in my live, but for some reason i just love this one
it´s in the Eisteichgasse…

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