Tuesday, October 09, 2007

And now, for something completely different... Austria

With all the visitors we've been having since we came back from Austria (Ma & Pa for 3 weeks and Jaap for 3 days), Markus and Paolo's post wedding party, a weekend in Holland, working on a translating a website, and normal work and house chores, I have been neglecting my blog a bit. I sometimes wonder what the real jet-setters do (or don't do... like eat and sleep)!

Anyway, I've been preparing this for a while, and I know that Pinki, Andrea and Chris are keeping a close eye on my blog to see when “their” post is up.

Well, (drum roll, please) here it is!

We arrived in Bad Fischau on Wednesday and after a warm welcome and a drink, we drove to Wiener Neustadt to meet up with Harry and Michaela for some dinner. We went to this really great Greek restaurant. The weather was lovely, the food was fabulous and the portions were huge! We had much too much fun to even think of taking pictures (except for Pinki playing around with our little camera and snapping this shot of OX, Michaela and Harry). After dinner, we went to an ice cream parlour for some desert: a big iced coffee! I thought I would burst after that, so we decided a walk would help the overly eager stomachs to digest the many calories we had just indulged in. Later on, we found a lovely wine bar where we enjoyed a nice glass of wine on a hot summer evening. After a drink or two, we retreated home and sat on the terrace.

The important thing to mention here is that we were there for a very special event. No, no. It wasn’t for Wiener Neustadt’s open air cinema; we wanted to see Chris play live at Pinki's backstage bar on Thursday! We even brought our video camera. We had a quick dinner, got there early to sit in the front row and set up our little video cam up in one of the alcoves in the wall opposite of where we sat. It was a very hot evening, and even hotter in the bar. The rain was pouring outside. Good thing, because the people who had been looking forward to an open air cinema, suddenly needed shelter. The doors opened and the people came rushing in. We also had our lettle camera with us, but darn... If that kid could only stop moving!! ;) Low lights, movement = blurr...rrrrrr!

The concert was absolutely fantastic. Both OX and I were totally absorbed in the music and Chris’ guitar playing skills. And let me mention another thing. I’ve heard this guy sing before, and he does have a good voice, but this time…. I was amazed! No, flabbergasted at the power he had that evening. Everybody was cheering him on and his humour kept entertaining us all evening.

Alas, the film did not turn out too well. We were too wrapped up in what was happening on stage to focus in/out, the little screen was just too small to see what we were filming from that distance, and the battery gave up after 30 minutes. Maybe I can try and put a short cut up for you. Would you like that? - Of course, only if Chris agrees. At least we took a few decent picts!

After the concert, we sat together with Michaela and Harry who were also present, Chris and his girlfriend, and a few other new faces for a nice chat, some finger food, good laughs and … well… quite a few drinks until the wee hours.

This stay was definitely too short. But aren't they always like that when you have such great friends around you? I always hate leaving them.

On Friday, we drove back to our idyllic Mondsee for an overnight stay before moving on to a small town in Bavaria to visit Andreas and Suse.

More to come... uhm... as soon as I'm ready :)

PS: Pinki - To answer the questions to your comment in the preious post:
a) Yes, we will definitely be back, but not before Jan/Feb '08 (Pa and Ma are coming over for X'mas/New Year).....
b)Too long ago??? We were just there 8 weeks back! ;) ....

c) *Sigh* You always have good concerts!


d) Just for the record: We miss you guys, too!


Ginnie said...

I think it's great that Chris has such a fan following in you guys, CS and O-X! And once again, CS, you have given us a fabulous run-down of your recent exploits. One of these day it will be OUR turn!!!

Mr. Fabulous said...

Ahhh...I love coming over here and getting my B-12 shot of the glamorous life!

Jay said...

Your posts always give me such vacation-envy!

CanadianSwiss said...

Ginnie: I think Chris is planning to do a small Swiss tour in 2008, so you'll certainly hear more bout it if he can arrange it.

Fab: We're always happy to share a bit of the glamour with you ;)

Jay: It gives me the same feeling when I read through them again :)

Expat Traveler said...

It's always great to have nice visits with friends... And now you translating.. Sounds like fun to me!

Yes yes busy.. I always wonder that with my swimming as it takes up a lot more time than just getting there and swimming!

LOL - and no I didn't want to share smelly socks unless they looked amazing... haha

Ex-Shammickite said...

Another post about your adventures in travelling around Europe and meeting your friends. I feel like I know them all!
BTW I posted pics of The Wedding, perhaps I will post some more tomorrow. We had such a great time, I'm exhausted!

Chris said...

Hi there!

Nice to read through your blog once again. The filming will work out fine some time, I'm sure...

Yes, of course! If the sound quality isn't too bad you can load up whatever you have.

How is life going? Hope you're having a good time!

cu in real life, chris

CanadianSwiss said...

Chris: I would have liked to e-mail it to you, but the file of only 1 song is too big! I will send you a cd with all of it. Not very professional, but if there's anything you can use, feel free.

Sorry, but like I mentioned, we were just too busy listening to you!