I love to discover new things. New words, new traditions, new flavours.
And a Brettljause in a Buschenschank Steiermark hit that holy trinity of newness in Austria.
First, the words, all buoyant and brilliant with their German love for capital letters bish, bash, bosh in the centre of a sentence. No strict one capital letter diet for them!
It’s an inauspicious start. No map. No SatNav. No cash – my very last dihram cleared out by the unexpected fuel charge.
No internet access to check the route. No signal on my iPhone. Just a pen, a scrap of paper and a hastily scribbled map, uneven streaks of biro connecting Moroccan towns that appeared on a picture in the hotel lobby.
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