Are Austrians Rude?

When Betty made it back from Vienna, we talked to her about the flat we had viewed and that we would be getting another Airbnb now that she was home. To our surprise, she told us that she thought it’d be better if we carried on staying with her until we found somewhere to live. After a lot of discussion – trying to make sure she wasn’t saying it on the spur of the moment and would regret her decision – we thanked her as many times as we could and happily took her up on her offer.

Before we set off on this journey, we were frequently hearing that generally, Austrian people are rude and don’t particularly like foreigners and to be careful who we spoke with. Now although the majority of people that we have met haven’t been native Austrians, a lot of them have, and bar maybe one or two rude people (which is expected anywhere you go), everyone has been nothing but friendly towards us. During the short time that we had been in Austria, we had already met so many helpful people and we were unbelievably grateful for all of the kindness that had been shown to us. We still don’t know how we’ll ever begin to repay them.

Earlier on in the week, Betty had passed on the details of an American woman named Gabrielle who had lived in Salzburg for many years. She runs a place called The English Center which sells books in the English language and also holds English-speaking lessons and book clubs. For anyone living in Salzburg, I’d certainly recommend checking them out if you feel that you or someone you know need English lessons or you simply want to join an English-speaking book club. When we met Gabrielle, she gave us plenty of recommendations of companies Jordan should apply for, affordable furniture stores for our new place and even made us promise to come to her if we had nowhere else to go. She also made us aware that in order for us to get jobs, we needed to obtain a tax number from the local council which until then, we were completely unaware of. Another example of all of the extraordinarily helpful people in Salzburg. In return for her advice, we offered to help Gabrielle and her staff with the store’s inventory as we were told by Betty that this could be quite a hectic and stressful time for them. She took us up on the offer and we spent nearly a full day helping to organise and clean shelves.

When Gabrielle heard that Jordan was a website developer, she asked if he was able to help her fix some issues with her site. The morning after the inventory, we made our way over to The English Centre and Jordan spent a few hours discussing everything with Gabrielle while I nosied through their National Geographic collection (they had nearly every issue since 1993 – it was awesome).

Back at Betty’s, Nina was asleep in her usual spot under the piano so we sat with her and read next to the heat of the wood-burner. Nina was soon to wake when Jordan decided to learn a rendition of Yann Tiersen’s: Compline d’un Autre été, l’après-midi (a.k.a. the song from the film, Amelie) on Betty’s piano. Considering he had barely even touched a piano in his life, it took him less that an hour to learn the start of the song and I’m so so proud of him for it because if one thing’s for certain…I could never have the patience to do that.

After “happily” listening to the same three minutes of the song for a few hours, I took myself outside and set up my camera for a short time-lapse of the stars. The stars weren’t as bright as they had been on other nights but I thought I’d give it a go anyway and I really love how it turned out…!

 

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  1. I am loving this journey! I feel like I am on it with you guys! Keep up the good work! x

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