Trip Start Dec 11, 2012
70Trip End Oct 17, 2013
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Austria is a first-world country and should thus stock most electronic, fashion and recreational equipment in small towns.
I went to four different villages in search of a nano SIM card for my new iPhone, eventually resulting in me being stranded in Schüttdorf, with no bus (both buses had not seen fit to stop for me) or taxi, mere hours before my shift (the bus ride alone is a good 1 hour back to Hinterglemm),which leads me to preconception #2...
Germans generally aren't quite as friendly as us sunny Capetownians
Being stranded with knots in my stomach, akin to giant anacondas practicing their contortionist skills, convinced I would get fired due to my extreme lateness because of aforementioned stranding, I decided to put on my big girl pants and hitchhike my way back to Zell am See. However, this mental change of wardrobe was a wasted effort, as no one would take me. I was close to tears before I found the right bus stop.
South Africa has now made it into international circles after the World Cup
Here is a list of things people have said to us when we told them we came from South Africa (I am not embellishing for effect)
1) But you're not black
2) Are you albino?
3) Can you speak African?
4) Which country in South Africa?
5) Why can you speak English?
6) So you guys hate black people, right?
7) Have you met Nelson Mandela?
"Fräulein" is an archaic word no longer put into practice.
Everyone calls us "Fräulein" if they want to address us in the restaurant. The first time a customer said it to me, I thought he was taking the piss. My jaw almost hit the table top when I realized he wasn't joking.
You'll get sick of each other if you travel with your friend
But perhaps this is just because our shifts are almost never together - a blessing in disguise, I suppose
The act of opening a door is fairly obvious
I don't know what it is with these Austrian doors, but I am convinced they open the wrong way round. I'm constantly pulling instead of pushing or leaving a shiny forehead mark on the glass instead pulling.
You'll get used to cars driving on the right.
I still don't know what side of the road to be on when waiting for the bus. And I spent a 20min car journey quietly freaking out as to why the driver kept speaking to us backseaters instead of looking at the goddamned road, before I realized that he wasn't actually the driver...
Waitresses will inevitably brake things
Here is a list of (my) accumulated shards:
1) 1 butter dish
2) 2 water carafes
3) 5 wine glasses
4) 1 champagne flute
5) 3 beer glasses
6) 1 martini glass
I refuse to take responsibility for the sugar pot. Or the dessert dish that spontaneously combusted.