|Body heat from the mass of Slovakians|
at the Christmas market raised the temperature
to a nearly bearable level.
Admittedly, the timing for my day trip was less than ideal as the temperature was creeping down toward zero (Fahrenheit!) most of the time we were out and about and it finally reached that frosty barrier after the sun went down around 3 o` clock. The bitter cold surprised me as Bratislava and the comparatively tropical Vienna are at roughly the same latitude. Seemingly, just crossing the former Iron Curtain reduces the temperature by ten degrees. Nonetheless, I wanted to cross Slovakia off of my list of Austria's eight bordering countries and I'm happy I did so, even if my fingertips and nose were not appreciative of my efforts.
|The so-called UFO Bridge is one of|
the worst mistakes I`ve ever seen.
|Funny characters such as this smiling|
sewer worker are spread around
the city center.
Today I've picked two of my new favorite wintery German words, both of which are in today's frontpage headlines in Austria.
Der Vorweichnachtsstress is the pre-Christmas stress familiar to many anxious Americans, less prevalent here.
Erfrieren means "to freeze to death," which felt like a real possibility in Bratislava.