28 ways to be Austrian

Finally someone who understands Austria…well, for the most part. Who knows a lot about the stereotypical Austrian? Read this and you’ll know EVERYTHING about the country. I still am on holiday for another 2 weeks (in Austria) and I can confirm that I’ve seen three people brushing leaves off the pavement yesterday evening.

The claim that all Austrians like cows…is true, at least in the West.

caution cowsCaution. Cows.

 

Austrian Adaptation

In honour of the fact that this is my 28th post, on the week of my 28th birthday I feel its appropriate to celebrate that number with a short guide to the hilarious/awesome/crazy things i’ve noticed from my first year living in Austria. These are the little things you need to embrace to truly uncover your inner Austrian!

1.Be on time. They really, really like being on time. The Germans and the Swiss have the more famous reputation but God help you if you’re not on time to meet an Austrian. For an Austrian, to be 5 minutes early  is to be on time. You have been warned!

2. Speak Austrian Deutsch. The language spoken here is technically German, but an Austrian variety. So a Potato is an Kartoffeln in Deutsch, but Erdäpfel in Austrian. German apricots are Aprikose, Austrian ones are Marillen, German tomatoes are Tomaten, a

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