New Food, Old Attitudes, Some Graffiti, and More Gnomes, Of Course

I am big on walking for exercise. Now that we are living downtown, my walks are even more interesting. I carry my cell phone with me everywhere, and snap photos of anything that strikes my fancy. Here’s the latest batch, accumulated over the past few weeks.

I'll have a frosty cold cup of Dreck, please.
I’ll have a frosty cold cup of Dreck, please.
Cannabis iced tea. The original kind, not that other kind you normally drink.
Cannabis iced tea. The original kind, not that other kind you normally drink.
No, I didn't take this thirty years ago. It is a current advertising campaign at gas stations here.
No, I didn’t take this thirty years ago. It is a current advertising campaign at gas stations here.
Gangster rapper by night--computer science teacher by day?  As for the bottom ad, do not ask me to explain it. But apparently people are willing to pay quite a lot of money to see this act.
Gangster rapper by night–computer science teacher by day? As for the bottom ad, do not ask me to explain it. But apparently people are willing to pay quite a lot of money to see this act.
The FPO, or Freedom Party of Austria, is the idealogical descendant of the Nazis. In 2011, it was polling at about 25 percent nationally. Many of the posters have been scribbled with Hitler mustaches or swastikas, so clearly a lot of people (in Vienna, anyway) are not buying what they are selling. But the fact that this party could even be politically viable here is creepy as heck.
The FPO, or Freedom Party of Austria, is the idealogical descendant of the Nazis. In 2011, it was polling at about 25 percent nationally. Many of the posters have been scribbled with Hitler mustaches or swastikas, so clearly a lot of people (in Vienna, anyway) are not buying what they are selling. But the fact that this party could even be politically viable here is creepy as heck.
The garden (AKA gnome) department at the hardware store. These are actually really expensive, like $30 and up apiece. Supply and demand, you know.
The garden (AKA gnome) department at the hardware store. These are actually really expensive, like $30 and up apiece. Supply and demand, you know.
A vintage gnome collection on display at a garten haus. Pretty cute.
A vintage gnome collection on display at a garten haus. Pretty cute.
This is a downtown construction site that has been around for quite a while.  The sign says it is the "Platz with no name."  It has a full complement of window boxes and a little garden out front.
This is a downtown construction site that has been around for quite a while. The sign says it is the “Platz with no name.” It has a full complement of window boxes and a little garden out front.
A garden at the construction site, complete with astro-turf and gnomes :)
A garden at the construction site, complete with astro-turf and gnomes 🙂
Awesome redneck planter solution down by the Donaukanal.
Awesome redneck planter solution down by the Donaukanal.
These teeny bikes are chained up at the bike stand by my apartment every morning. I think they belong to some kids at the preschool across the street. You are never too young to start biking to work in this country!
These teeny bikes are chained up at the bike stand by my apartment every morning. I think they belong to some kids at the preschool across the street. You are never too young to start biking to work in this country!
Heating plant designed by the Austrian artist Friedrich Hundertwasser.
Heating plant designed by the Austrian artist Friedrich Hundertwasser.
With warmer weather, fresh graffiti is springing up along the Donaukanal.
With warmer weather, fresh graffiti is springing up along the Donaukanal.
So cool. I wonder if I could employ some of these graffiti artists to decorate my old Honda before I leave the country?
So cool. I wonder if I could employ some of these graffiti artists to decorate my old Honda before I leave the country?
Only in Vienna--graffiti tagged by "Berta."
Only in Vienna–graffiti tagged by “Berta.”
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