Boozing Vienna

I will never understand what brings people out to stand in the cold for drinking sweet hot drinks. Yesterday I was standing at the Karlsplatz, one of the many public places where these “Standln” (kind of “huts”) have been deployed in Vienna lately. OK, I have been there as well (obviously), but just to do a friend a favor and just to grasp the first chance to flee the cold for a good beer in Cafe Espresso. It’s warm and cosy there, just the way every rational human being should like it in winter.

15 Comments so far

  1. Alejandro (unregistered) on December 7th, 2005 @ 9:18 am

    Yes, but does Caf

  2. Ben (unregistered) on December 7th, 2005 @ 10:58 am

    Does Caf

  3. tom (unregistered) on December 7th, 2005 @ 11:39 am

    hmm, these are important and relevant questions, folks. My answers: a cosy and warm place gives me the best feelings I can wish for (in winter). If you have been to Cafe Espresso, yes, there are a lot of things that could be used to hang on a tree. But of course they belong there. And: I’m going out to spend money, not to get it back. What kind of economical understanding is that, sir? :-)

  4. Alejandro (unregistered) on December 7th, 2005 @ 12:37 pm

    You’ve got a point there, Tom. I think this year I’ll decorate my Christmas tree with salt shakers, spoons and menu cards :-)

  5. blafasel (unregistered) on December 7th, 2005 @ 12:44 pm

    But but…how can you even TELL it’s winter, if you just stay inside?! I think, drinking Punsch outside serves as a kind of reality check in our garage-car-garage society where you wouldn’t set foot outside voluntarily in winter. I like it :)

  6. nex (unregistered) on December 7th, 2005 @ 12:51 pm

    officer, i didn’t drink the punch voluntarily! somewhere along my garage-car-garage route i was forced by the reality check fairy to set foot outside and lower my body temperature even further by comsuming alcoholic beverages that make you all christmessy, but that’s hardly my fault!

  7. tom (unregistered) on December 7th, 2005 @ 1:17 pm

    the garage-car-garage metaphor is interestingly current topic in my life. I’m going to Sarajevo tonight by bus. Let’s see if I will be able to check reality for the 14 hours travelling :-) Happy bosnian Xmas!

  8. blafasel (unregistered) on December 7th, 2005 @ 3:10 pm

    good luck, Tom, and don’t you dare not showing up on the 18th!

  9. tom (unregistered) on December 7th, 2005 @ 3:46 pm

    don’t you worry, i don’t dare :-)

  10. ben (unregistered) on December 10th, 2005 @ 1:52 pm

    I heard that it’s possible to buy Bud Super Strong (16%) in Vienna. Does anyone know exactly where?

  11. bernhard (unregistered) on December 11th, 2005 @ 1:02 pm
  12. Anna (unregistered) on December 14th, 2005 @ 11:21 pm

    oh how i look foward to the christmas standln. i’ll be arriving in vienna from nyc on thursday. get ready for punsch!

  13. Ben (unregistered) on December 15th, 2005 @ 12:37 am

    I’m exiting Vienna on Sunday! I’ve had a great five months here, but my visa’s expired and I’m being shipped back to the USA. I’ve loved the wealth of local perspective that Metroblogging has provided me. Have fun everyone and I hope to be back some day! Peace.

    “Don’t blame me, I voted for the other guy.”

  14. umberto (unregistered) on December 15th, 2005 @ 9:10 am

    ciao Ben, have a nice and safe trip back to the US.


  15. elen (unregistered) on December 29th, 2005 @ 2:20 pm

    being a newly installed expat in Wien, i find punch-drinking while standing on a very cold winter night exciting. it is part of the charm, of the tradition that is unique in Austria.

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