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PostPosted: 13 Oct 2016, 09:13 
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Annied, SLOC rode the zipwire thing when it was first put up. It was very quiet that morning and she was the only customer..... She said it was fantastic though. Of course, having parachuted and piloted a small plane, I don't think fear of heights or flying was a concern to her. I, very sensibly, stayed ground-bound and just shot a bit of video of her whooshing down towards me.


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Well, I can't imagine how I survived half a week without knowing all those statistics! Depth of lake, height of Maurach above sea level, length of zipwire! Nice bit of film though, and I wish I was back there again!

There is a fixed set of questions both Czechs and Germans ask when they visit your home for the first time:
1) Population of village/town
2) Which way does your house face?
3) What is the height above sea level?
4) What is the size of your home in square metres?

I can never answer any of them but assume that all Czechs and Germans (and now, it appears, Austrians) come automatically armed with that information....


:rofl: :rofl: :rofl: YES !


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I moved to a newly-built house in the early 1990s and when I told some German friends about this, I was asked the square metres question. I said I had no idea. 'But,' they said, shocked, 'it would have been part of the specifications of the house! How can you live in a house when you don't know what size it is?' I replied that I could see where the walls were, so I had a fairly good idea what size it was. We had to abandon the subject after that. Since then, I've been to IKEA a few times. They have two 'show flats' in each store, and I have learned from this that 25 sq metres is too small for me and 50 sq metres I could live in well enough.


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I moved to a newly-built house in the early 1990s and when I told some German friends about this, I was asked the square metres question. I said I had no idea. 'But,' they said, shocked, 'it would have been part of the specifications of the house! How can you live in a house when you don't know what size it is?' I replied that I could see where the walls were, so I had a fairly good idea what size it was. We had to abandon the subject after that.

:D :D :D :D
Been there, done that more times than I care to remember. It's the which way does it face one that really gets me. Oh and height above sea level. Bohemia is landbound!

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I am hoping to go to see friends near Osnabruck before Christmas, and thanks to this thread am now
nearly prepared:

1. 2800
2. East. (Though I knew that because we are dazzled in the front of the house in the morning, and in the back in the afternoon).
3. A pitiful 45'
4. Don't know this one. Will need to track down the deeds which have been moved in the recent Great Study Reorganisation and are now in a safe but unidentified place.

I had not realised what a nation of devil-may-care free spirits we must be, to live happily unaware of these facts :D

The pictures are beautiful, Gottfried. I have not yet made it to Pertisau, but would love to go. One day I will!


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Lovely pictures :D .

I've noticed that a lot of American towns have signs saying "Maynardville, population 50,000" or whatever, but I've never seen them in Europe.

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I had not realised what a nation of devil-may-care free spirits we must be, to live happily unaware of these facts :D
:D Most people seem to be happily unaware of the compass points, at least: I was at the Tower of London with three colleagues to see a demo of some documentation software one winter afternoon some years ago, and afterwards we were told that we could get out by the west gate. One of the others asked me plaintively "But how do we know which way is west?, so I pointed to the setting sun. "Oh. Yes, I suppose so" she said, doubtfully. OK, easy for me - I spent most of my working life in a building with a central space, and compass points had always been the method for referring to things - the west bridge, the north corridor, etc.


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Annied, SLOC rode the zipwire thing when it was first put up. It was very quiet that morning and she was the only customer..... She said it was fantastic though. Of course, having parachuted and piloted a small plane, I don't think fear of heights or flying was a concern to her. I, very sensibly, stayed ground-bound and just shot a bit of video of her whooshing down towards me.


Parachuting is definitely a step too far. I've been on the zip line on the local mountainside here in the village, but the Pertisau one looks altogether in a different league.

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There is a fixed set of questions both Czechs and Germans ask when they visit your home for the first time:
1) Population of village/town
2) Which way does your house face?
3) What is the height above sea level?
4) What is the size of your home in square metres?


Strangely, although I can only answer the second question about my UK home with any confidence (although as I live right on the coast I could make a pretty good stab at 3 as well), I can answer all of them when it comes to my German flat.


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There is a fixed set of questions both Czechs and Germans ask when they visit your home for the first time:
1) Population of village/town
2) Which way does your house face?
3) What is the height above sea level?
4) What is the size of your home in square metres?

I can answer three questions - although the population of my town is an approximation as it has doubled in the last 5 years (part of a rural area rapidly becoming urban).

I'm confused by question 2 - having a house that is set back from the road and doesn't face it - my front door faces south, but the main door we use faces north (the house is built with passive-solar qualities, so it's a long rectangle aligned east-west with windows only on the north and south walls). Which direction does it 'face'?

PS I'm in Australia, so the sun is on the north side of the house.


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It was my next door neighbour Antje's birthday today and she and her husband had organised a Mystery Tour with the local coach company to celebrate. They had very kindly invited me to go along. Would you believe it, the first stop was Pertisau where we stopped for lunch here. (It was delicious and when I looked at the menu outside, the prices didn't seem too over the top.)

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There wasn't time to do any exploring in Pertisau, but the coach drove the length of the lake, carried on past Tegernsee and then stopped at Der Winklstüberl, just outside Marbach for Kaffee und Kuchen. The slices of cake there are massive!


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What a wonderful surprise Annied! No chance to suss out Jenbach though?

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No, the flat here is a second home for Antje and Heinz too and most of the other guests were from their home town near Heilbronn. They'd all come down yesterday and were booked in at one of the local hotels for a couple of nights. I think Antje quite understandably wanted them to see as much of the local area as possible, so we spent the bulk of the time on the road.

If the weather's decent next week, I may go to Jenbach on my own when I can please myself how long I spend pottering around there.


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cestina wrote:
Gottfried wrote:
Well, I can't imagine how I survived half a week without knowing all those statistics! Depth of lake, height of Maurach above sea level, length of zipwire! Nice bit of film though, and I wish I was back there again!

There is a fixed set of questions both Czechs and Germans ask when they visit your home for the first time:
1) Population of village/town
2) Which way does your house face?
3) What is the height above sea level?
4) What is the size of your home in square metres?

I can never answer any of them but assume that all Czechs and Germans (and now, it appears, Austrians) come automatically armed with that information....


Genuine laugh out loud, cestina!

The only thing I could answer with any comfort is the direction the house faces - I know this because, being a keen gardener, it's one of the first things I find out about a house so that I know where to position my plants to best effect :D The house I'm currently in is east-facing, but so positioned as to have almost no good sunny spot in the garden at all...

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Super photos! And although I don't really like heights, that zipwire looks fun.


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Great pics Gottfried, thanks for sharing them. I thought this might be a good thread to share this little video I found viaT umblr http://explore.thomascook.com/post/1514 ... in-austria

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Great pics Gottfried, thanks for sharing them. I thought this might be a good thread to share this little video I found viaT umblr http://explore.thomascook.com/post/1514 ... in-austria

My goodness, does that bring back memories. My mother loved going to Austria - I guess it was the closest she could get to her native Czechoslovakia at that time - and we were there at least three times in my mid to late teens so, 1956-60 or thereabouts.

It's so hard for me to imagine I grew up in a time when voice-overs were delivered with such plummy condescension, skirts were almost a must (though my mother nearly always wore slacks) and life was so very formal.

I am pretty sure those bowls of whipped cream were not served at breakfast though....

Thanks Ruby for the walk down Memory Lane....

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You're more than welcome Cestina. I liked seeing those "featherbeds of whipped cream" :D

Not sure that bracing mountain air would encourage me to go swimming though, like it said in the video, maybe wrap up warm and go for a walk.

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It's surprising just how much of that film still holds good today as far as the villages and life in them is concerned.


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Thanks RubyGates, there's only one way to describe that film - simply topping!


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Yes, I gawped at those featherbeds of cream! :shock: The film brought back many happy memories, as I went to Austria in 1960 with the school when I was 13 - though without those splendid breakfasts. :roll: I'd forgotten about the plummy voices of the time on radio and TV. Thanks for that trip down memory lane, RubyGates.

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