Those Weird Austrians
Two students from Johannes Kepler University, Strahinja and Stefan Lazić, presented information about their country at the most recent meeting of the International Club. The brothers spoke about the things that make Austrians proud, things they don’t like and what they aspire to. The presentation aroused great interest among the students.
The brothers showed real Slavic hospitality (they were born in Serbia), treating the participants to tea and sweets. Foreigners often confuse Austrians with Germans, and this fact can hurt the feelings of these proud people from a small but beautiful country. This usually happens due to language as Austrians speak German, though the local dialect differs from classic German. The students explained what else distinguishes Austrians from other Europeans, and broke down many stereotypes about their nation.
It turned out that not all Austrians know how to ski and not all of them keep national costumes in their closets. They often smile and act politely. Shops rarely work after five in the evening and are closed at weekends, as they believe that if you want to work well you need a good rest. Austrians do not like to go to supermarkets as they do not offer good quality products. People prefer farm products that can be found in markets, however, prices for products in these places are much higher than in supermarkets.
When speaking about Austria, one should definitely mention music. The two brothers talked not only about opera and the young prodigy Mozart, but also covered some modern music, including the Eurovision song contest winner Conchita Wurst.
The next International club meeting will be dedicated to Armenia. This meeting will be held at 16.00 in the Austrian library.