November 15 2019 (Wednesday) Austria, Wien @ Aera

Damo Suzuki with Raffael Lenz (guitar), Stephan Grasl (electric bass), Sebastian Leopold (drums), Matthias Kampf (gongs/soundscapes/loops) and Lorenz Kainz (guitar, ambience)

Wien has been always one of my favorite cities in Europe.
Not just me, even magazine like “Economist” choice Wien as the world’s most livable city in the world, even two years in raw!
This ranking based on security, infrastructure, culture and education, health and atmosphere quality from 140 metropolises of the world. Wien has 99,1 point from 100 possible point (!!!), incredible….if I had such point in my school days?

Actually, I’m not found of ranking and award stuff, it’s main stream ranking. Still just being there I feel comfortable, kindly people, city atmosphere, service at pub/restaurant, you feel positive and I totally agree. Main theme of travel for me, culinary : Excellent, reasonable price, good quality.
By the way, an another magazine stand even since 10 years in raw keeping the best city.

For long years Austria is my favorite country, they have good politic too, for example, just think about living, government is buying space and build reasonable price apartment for Austrian citizens, not like some other countries renting room price is getting explosion, hard to pay rent. They do things for people. Also interesting to know around 2 million people not having cell-phone.
This mean something to me, I’d never own cell-phone.

Last time I performed here is while ago.
Few years ago (already long ago) Elke and I drive through almost all part of this country and we were positive influenced that time. Just one thing is missing, Austria has no sea! I can’t help. Quality of living here is excellent, I have to say.

I made my mind already what I do when I arrive Wien this time.
Go to restaurant and try “Tafelspitz” a national traditional food, last time I had this in Linz and it was amazing yummy.
This time at a famous traditional restaurant, it was more yummy and good quality (clean!) that stayed in my stomach for many hours that I didn’t have to get dinner afterwards. This is good example of quality food cooked with healthy quality local materials and well-balanced stay in stomach for long time. Oh, I like this proud traditional food whenever I come next I have to taste it again!

April last year our young friend Lorenz arranged Network performance in Munich where he lives. This time in Wien, His friend and our friend Raffa arranged release party for his band Half Baked Cheese, so I was invited perform with them and Lorenz as guest guitarist.
Opening band was Karaba from Munich, also Lorenz’s brother plays keyboards. Last year I performed with them. And after that show, members of the band and their friends came and celebrate Elke’s birthday at balcony at our Hotel until early morning.

Our show started with 10 minutes introduction long Gong sound of Matthias.
My show may too short, some of guests claimed.
But, it was release party of my friend, so please take it as it was.

Next day, on Saturday evening some friends show up one after another for Dinner at grand floor of the hotel placed on very well known Ring Street.

I’m very sure, everybody in the world likes chocolate and schnitzel.
Even some never tried, when they once try they like it.
Both are everybody’s daring in culinary sense.
I like restaurant like here, open kitchen, also from street you can see process of Wiener schnitzel making. And you can see how clean chefs are proudly cooking this famous yummy Schnitzel.
Some of us (win experts?) and old pair next to our table negotiate with us were invited excellent seldom wine test that you cannot get everyday by friendly table manager. Wine experts were amused. It was special occasion for them. Unfortunately I wasn’t a wine taster this day. I tried ice-cold beer that was also good with the Schnitzel.

Then, Déjà-vu effect like in Munich, we enjoyed drinks at balcony, almost especially for us reserved on 8th floor cafe at the hotel with Wien roof landscape where also serve breakfast.

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