Total ticketing tourist tricksters

Okay, my Austrian girlfriend had put this tick into my ear: you ought to go to Bregenz and see the See. No, sorry, see the lake-theater (German: Seebühne) built right into the water. How cool can you get! Very!!

Yes, I can very much recommend it if you like Austria (CHECK, our backyard, unless our politicians come up with stupid ideas),

 

if you like operas (CHECK, especially if hubby is more into the mainstream operatic ones featuring real songs he can sing) (can he sing?),

if you don’t mind being cramped up for about 2 1/2 hours on the hard plastic seat (CHECK, don’t forget fat cushions and yoga class beforehand) (forget about breaks or walking or standing up in between),

if you had a yummy dinner (CHECK CHECK at La Scarpetta in Dornbirn and the Kleines Gasthaus am See, bliss, except fot the three screechers & wailers whose parents couldn’t care less about their offspring’s wails),

So, if you don’t mind all the above- mentioned things, then a weekend trip from Munich to Bregenz (about 2 1/2 hours cramped in a car) and lots of extra cash is just the thing!

Our Travel Agency took out a chuck by charging our credit card the minute we booked with them.- that is a NO-NO. Normally, your card gets charged for 20%  immediately as a kind of promise and the rest about a week or two ahead of the event. Our agency  pretended now to know about this etiquette, but I had a long talk with them. After all, there such things as a Terminüberweisung and the bank will make sure the money is transferred right on time.

The hotel chosen in Dornbirn was the right size and category and not too far off from the Seebühne, about 20 km along the B 190, but had definitely seen better days and did NOT have AC. Nor did it have appeal. However, it boasts a very good breakfast, albeit missing the more expensive choices, but I don’t breakfast that much anyway, and the employees are nice and offer cushions and shuttle bus and those things you didn’t know you’d need.

Our escapism took us first to the interesting Rolls-Royce museum in Gütle (8,-€ adult), then the Seilbahn/ incline up the Karren of Gütle (Oh yes, the view iS WORTH it! free overlook in plastic over the precipice) and a great lunch of Lumpensalat (a sausage – cheese – red-onion- vinegar – oil dressing kind) with good beer and even better Almdudler (what? you don’t know the famous lemonade with herbs?).

The hot afternoon was spent in the Waldbad / Gütleright next to the river or creek without much water in this drought, but interestingly full of big and small smooth rocks and pebbles. The Waldbad offers many treats for families, well run.

 

 

“Carmen” by Bizet is most certainly in all the operatic books and Wiki. The scoop was the fantastic Bühnenbild/ backdrop done by a lady from London with two gigantic hands tossing the cards of fate. At times, the cards will be lowered at ground level to go partially underwater, so the crowd gets emphatic with skirt tossing and head banging and running and splashing each other, which is just the build-up of suspense to Carmen’s tragic end (how did the singer manage that death scene???) – no, I’m not cheating, you go there yourself, please!

 

 

 

 

What a Wonderful World This Could Be!

One day Moshe Dayan, who lost an eye while fighting in the British army during World War II, was stopped for speeding by The Old Bill. “I have only one eye,” he protested. “What do you want me to watch – the speedometer or the road!?”

Dayan, Moshe (1915-1981) Israeli minister of defense (1967, 1969-74) and foreign minister (1977-79)      

–  The Old Bill = die Polizei, the police

Imagine” sang John Lennon, just imagine that people would open up both eyes and really be concerned about what is happening around us.

No, I am not going to complain about our situation in our developed countries. We are comparatively well-off and live in freedom and have a beautiful countryside here in Europe  –  also in all the other countries I have visited all over the world.

As to the natural weather catastrophes and pollution and ugly city-scapes, they are almost all man-made.

As to greed and corruption and hatred and false ambition, they are, unfortunately, also within human nature, but the dark side of it. Renaissance Man will try to suppress these “basic instincts” and strive for a higher level of knowledge and aesthetics.

Nowadays, though, I see a larger tendency among the affluent to selfishness and the NIMBY effect (as is “Not In My Back Yard” propagated by the the USA in those years of Panama Canal and Cuba Crisis and Nicaragua guerrillas). They are too anxious to retain their current standard of lifestyle and fear that others might struggle to achieve the same. They are so fearful that they shut up their mouths and close both eyes and refuse to hear pleas for help from those oppressed and bullied.

Imagine we could have a world with visionary leaders that are proud and fearless, selfless and generous, noble and true, who listen to constructive criticism and try to save the globe, not just a tiny chunk of it. Men and women like Macron, Obama, Mandela, Oprah Winfrey, M.L. King, and countless others.

Each of us can contribute. Open both eyes!