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By the way …

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Ischgl Tourism Association and the ski resort produced their own smartphone app this winter season. It is available for Android, iPhone and BlackBerry and has some nice features as a display of the current lift statuses, information on restaurants, events, videos and lots of pictures. AND: it has a feature that combines your GPS-signal with the skimap and shows your current position on the panorama map. Nice, huh?

iSki Ischgl on iTunes
iSki Ischgl for Android

If you were wondering why I am posting this … I’m working with the company that programmed this app and I’m looking forward to getting some feedback 😉

GeoCaching on the tracks of …

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There is some pretty creative minds out there, in Vienna. Some have nothing else to do than finding places all across the 1st district that remind them of books somehow. So yesterday, George and I started to solve a multi-staged Geocache in Vienna: “Fantastic Beasts”.

It is a pretty intense cache, as it consists of 15 stages. Still, they are all located pretty close to each other, and the spots to visit are great. We managed to visit half of the stages within 3 hours, because there was so much to look at – so far, the stage “Hidden Treasure” was our favourite.

I’ll keep you updated!

Skiing with “The Killers”

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So I used my connections a little to receive a reduction on the skiing tickets for me and my mum last Saturday. We went skiing in Ischgl, one of the most famous skiing resorts in Austria. Every year when opening, respectively closing the season, there’s a bunch of great concerts – in the middle of the skiing area.

This years’ last concert was by The Killers. The weather was o.k., and the slopes were still pretty good. I only took few pictures, as skiing was first priority that day 😉

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Sorry for the bad quality, but it’s only a 3G – and the light was too bad for it.

See you @ Flying Pig!

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CouchSurfing Vienna started a weekly meeting. Until now, there was only one regular meeting: the monthly Stammtisch. It’s great fun, but if you miss the one day (11th of every month, for this year), you’ll have to wait another 4 weeks until the next meeting.

To give newbies, travelers and all the muddle-headed people more chances of meeting up with people like themselves, some dedicated members of the community arranged for a weekly meeting, including free table soccer and cheap beer.

So, if you want to learn more about CouchSurfing and CouchSurfers, get going: every Thursday (so, also today!), we meet at the Flying Pig, just around the corner of MQ, Spittelberg, and whatnot.

See you there!


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Every year, one week before Easter, some hundred people related to the University of Technology of Vienna become a bit crazy for 3.14 days. It starts Saturday at 1.37 pm (13.37 o’clock): hunTU.

It’s a huge scavenger hunt where teams of up to 8 persons have to find or build special objects. The list is handed out Saturday and has to be completed by Tuesday afternoon. There are also some Action Tasks, like games or hunts in the hunt, that happen at certain times and places.

This year, I took part for the first time. It was huge fun, and there were some pretty crazy things to organise/build.

Detailed information and the lists of all hunTUs so far can be found on the website (German only).

Our team finished on the 12th place – not too bad, considering there were 28 teams and 202 items (2 of them not even listed!).


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Whoever I told about this, would not believe me. They would be totally astonished. To be honest, this was my first reaction, too. This reaction lasted for some 20 minutes, and then I decided to put my energy elsewhere. For example, write a good feedback on this one. Unfortunately, Couchsurfing only allows up to 1,000 characters on references. My comeback hat 2,255. After some thinking, I decided to put a short version on Couchsurfing and the “director’s cut” on here. To make sure everybody had the possibility of reading both, there’s links going to and fro.

Long story even longer – here’s my full reference for Hope.

Thanks for the feedback and sorry for not providing you with the services you were expecting. Speaking up during your stay would have avoided it being not as nice as it could have been.

My side of the story:
Georg and I took Hope on a city walk on Sunday night, showed her most of the Inner City and gave her some background information on less famous sights. Monday morning, though my profile states that I leave the flat by 7.30 am, Georg stayed home longer as Hope slept in. We indeed provided Hope with a map, and I’m pretty sure Georg also told her a thing or two about Vienna. During Monday, I found some people who could spend some time with Hope, by posting the fact that I did not have time on the Vienna Group. I indeed forwarded Hope’s number to one person, and I know I should have asked before. Of all the other people who sent me messages saying they would like to meet her, I sent the numbers to her Austrian prepaid number. I never said they all were friends. In fact, two of them are, and they spent nearly the whole of Monday together. In the evening, we met Hope and the others at a nice restaurant tourists would not find too easy – kind of an insider tipp. Both evenings, it was nearly impossible to start a conversation that would take longer than 5 minutes. Georg and I had the feeling that we did not really connect – but that’s one risk in Couchsurfing. This is why after trying some times we gave up trying to start a conversation. Also, there did not seem to be any effort coming from Hope.

Still, this is NOT a negative reference – because Hope was a nice, clean, quiet couchsurfer and did not cause any problems (apart from this reference which caused quiet a fuzz).

**Dear Hope, just let me tell you: I’m sorry that things did not work out the way you expected it. Still, it would be great if you could change the “overall experience” from negative to at least neutral. Only because you did not get a connection to somebody, is not a reason to give them a negative reference. Negative references should be a WARNING of strange, creepy, even dangerous people – and I honestly do not know of anyone who would consider me being even one of those things.

Thanks a lot and take care on your future travels.**

The part which is not displayed on Couchsurfing starts and ends at the **-markings. You can find the short version on Hope’s profile.