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Am back and feeling rather jet-lagged!!!! What a mental week we had but great fun and lots of high jinks!!! It was as the Austrians say SUPER! Am surprised I survived as normally I have all the stamina of a new born kitten but thankfully with the aid of Spritzers [my new friend] I was more like the energiser bunny!!!

Fun in Fuschl am See
First part of the week we spent in Fuschl Am See, a little Austrian town near Salzburg. We stayed in a typical Austrian house on a hill overlooking a beautiful lake – think Heidi and you have got it in one. It was positively idyllic.

The hills are alive

Fuschl am See Lake

Enjoyed spending time with my two lovely nieces and the bro and his very hospitable friends. There was lots of swimming, enjoying food cooked by a Michelin starred chef, a trip to Mondsee [another picturesque little Austrian village] and trampolining table tennis.


The second half of the week when we dropped the girls off was music, music, music and we partied like rock stars!!!!

The National @ Arena

Saw the National in the Arena on Wednesday night – fab venue in the heart of Vienna that used to be an Abbatoir [although it smelled strangely of fish] and fab band [my new favourites and High Violet definitely contender for album of 2010 for me].

The marathon that was the Frequency Festival

On Thursday we headed to St. Polten for the Frequency festival, only about an hour outside Vienna, the festival was held in an industrial estate. The bro had got us VIP passes and you could actually see the Race Stage without having to leave which was excellent. The sun shone for the three days – the good thing about going to a festival abroad – not a welly in sight. It was a mental few days which we all thoroughly enjoyed. Would totally recommend Frequency.

Marina and the Diamonds

The music was awesome – especially Thursday with Marina and the Diamonds and The Drums, who, both played indoors in the plingg & Weekender Stage, rocked!!!!! Last time I saw the Drums I think I was a bit harsh on them and they are definitely a grower – the atmosphere was electric for those two bands. Unfortunately we didn’t make it down on time for my favourites Mumford and Sons as they were on quite early but we caught the Shout Out Louds, an indie rock band from Stockholm, Sweden, who I especially liked. Then it was up front and centre for White Lies who were excellent. Skunk Anansie (that lady has energy to burn) gave it loads even walking on the crowd and crowd surfing and Muse were an excellent way to round off the night. We lost the sis at the end of the night – Dad calls her ‘Amazing Grace’ [I once was lost but now am found] as she does have a tendency to go missing! Once found we headed to the car where we ended up sleeping for the night!!!

We started Friday in style by breakfasting in St.Polten in a lovely square in the centre of the village – very civilised and then we went apartment hunting, a lovely place with a private lake where we were staying for the night before we headed back to Vienna for some R’N’R [that’s rest and relaxation not rock and roll]! I did manage to lock myself in the toilet for an hour and a half and had to be rescued – thanks to the bro’s friend, let’s call him German, my hero! Didn’t get back to St. Polten till late picking up another one of the bro’s friends [am beginning to think he knows everyone in Austria], let’s call him Mission Possible, enroute.

Friday was a bit of a blur after LCD Soundsystem and Massive Attack, we ended up backstage and then rounded off the night in the nightpark dancing like a demon before I fell quite spectacularly outside the apartment – didn’t feel the pain though till yesterday though!!!! I have bruises in places I didn’t even know I had places!

Saturday the sis ensured we all were front and centre for Blue October and even recruited some new fans along the way – she is something akin to an evangelist for Blue October. They were good but was way too early and the crowd were thin on the ground but they gave it socks!!! We actually left the confines of VIP and ventured out to explore passing the Green Stage along the way and wandered through the campsite which on the last day resembled a shanty town. Made it back to the Race Stage for 30 Seconds to Mars – ah Jared I missed the Mohawk.

30 Seconds to Mars

I even navigated my way back to Vienna on the train without getting lost – if you knew me that is a major accomplishment! Must have better sense of direction when am tired and slightly drunk – who knew?

A very fun week but now it’s back to reality until the next festival. Ah I do worship at the altar of music!!!!

If you’re in Vienna, stop by at Charlie P’s. Ain’t this such a cute poster? Happy Hour never seemed so alluring…

Hilarious there is actually a little Austrian Town called Fucking.

It makes you wonder:
Are the residents called Fuckers?

What are the mothers called?

What would you be learning at the Fucking High School ?

Does the Fucking Hospital help you with anything else?

If your friend came from another town, he wouldn’t be your Fucking friend.

and if you don’t believe me, here’s the map.

Even funnier are the British tourists who come to steal the signs – the Americans are into Sound of Music, the Japanese come to see Hitler’s birthplace but all the British are interested in is the little town of Fucking. The Germans aren’t seeing the funny side.







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