|Me as Pirate/Cultural Ambassador|
Thanks to the little-known, but very Catholic All Souls' and All Saints' Days, I enjoyed a second long weekend in a row and decided to visit the capital city and seek other be-costumed Americans who share my passion for gorging on Snickers, Haribo Gummis, and other Halloween hallmarks.
I reneged on my plans to dress up as Schoolhouse Rock's "Just a Bill" (too obscure for Austrians) and decided to dress as a pirate because I happened to own some appropriate clothing, although I sadly lacked a proper hook. Despite living in a landlocked country, Austrians seem to appreciate that Johnny Depp-tinged pirate subculture that has been flourishing in the US for the past few years. Just the same, I was surprised, but satisfied, when two youngsters shouted, "Ahoy, pirat!" at me in the underground.
To keep the weekend spooky, I also visited the Zentralfriedhof - Austria's largest cemetery. Here I visited the graves of two of music's true legends: Beethoven and Falco. Falco's grave was far and away the more popular and more stunning of the two.
|Grave of Austrian Pop Legend Falco - of Rock Me Amadeus fame|
As my word of the day, I offer Intimfeindschaft. An Austrian friend of mine suggested that it was one of German's heavy hitters, and I certainly agree. It translates literally to "intimate enmity or hostility," and I think it's roughly equivalent to the popular Americanism "frenemies."