Austrians Are Really Weird People, The Vienna Man Says to Me on a Train

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Coat of arms of Vienna, Austria.

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Train it from Venice to Vienna.   Not sure why I decided to do that.  I could have flown. Faster.  Laziness on my part to not look for the airport.

9 hour ride.  Cabin fever sets in.

Sitting next to 4 Austrian guys and a conservative looking older French lady. Early 20′s and mid-60′s respectively.

Silence for the first 4 hours. It’s funny how people sometimes can sit next to others for an extended period of time, in close quarters and say nothing to anyone.  Just reading magazines and not acknowledging the world around them.  Like an old married couple on a beach.

Until of course nerves start to set in.  Then those same people seek comfort by talking, expressing themselves to anyone they see.  And there’s nothing that makes blood pressure rise more than an international border.  With inspections and passport stamps, it’s enough to get the nerves jumping.

It really doesn’t matter whether someone is carted off on drug possession or whether everyone passes inspection.  A good border crossing always breaks the ice nicely and gets the conversation flowing.  I guess it’s the extreme state of anxiety and stress that only a border crossing can create that gets people talking about everything and nothing in particular.  It never fails.  A good border crossing always forces peoples’  tough exteriors to evaporate.

Case in point.  ”Austrians are very weird people”, says the Austrian guy sitting next to me.  Where did that come from?  What were we talking about again?  No matter.  I stepped off the train in Vienna with that piece of knowledge in mind but that thought was quickly overshadowed by the beauty of the city itself.

Who cared about how weird Austrians were, anyway?  Vienna’s glory, history and magnificence is what truly mattered.  Cue the slide show.

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Jim Bamboulis
Jim Bamboulis has held several posts over the past 12 years, including National Sportscaster, Food Host and Writer, Talk Show Host, Olympic Researcher and Travel Film-maker.

Born and raised in Toronto, Jim learned early on that the combination of travel and food meant ultimate living. Combining his insatiable creative spirit and desire to document his travels, Jim took his unshakable travel bug and set off to explore. Add the fact that Jim also grew up in a Greek household and he learned that not only does Mom always make the best meals, but as importantly learned the importance of understanding and appreciating the countless beautiful cultures and the integral role food plays in every corner of the World.

In August 2009, Jim founded Travel Mammal, a site that brings together his travels and experiences (both good and terrifying) with the hope that others are inspired to share their own. We are all storytellers, especially when it comes to travel and food. He urges everyone to be inspired, explore and love the world and the people that share it with us. Or in other words, Live to Travel and travel to live!
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