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These guys had a lot of work during the football Champioship. As always though.

A polite threat for the wrongly parked cars:

P.S. And the last impression about Austria:

I am posting this in the Vienna airport where wi-fi is free. It is particularly pleasant after the German skinflints.

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June 30, 2008 at 3:29 pm

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They make a pair

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Press accreditation for the EURO-2008 requires permission from UEFA and Swiss and Austrian police. We were waiting for the papers in a Basel press-centre. After a few hours in the late afternoon a volunteer looked at a computer screen and admitted:

-Austrian police stopped working at 8pm sharp. They do it even before the opening of the Championship! What can I do? Well, Austrians, you know…

In Austrian Salzburg some guys were playing super horns at the opening of the Russian House (national football fan club for the Championship). I asked them:
-Is it a folk music instrument?
-Yes, it is a local music instrument. Not a Swiss one! Not a Swiss one!

The people look so similar from foreigners’ point of view (for Russians, Spaniards, Scandinavians) and their attention to national differences is very touching.

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June 13, 2008 at 4:29 pm

I know those guys!

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Russian police is working on EURO-2008 – for the first time in history of football.

The guys were walking in the centre of Innsbruck, as I could see, accompanied by two local policemen. People shouted “Russland!”, took pictures with their mobile phones (on the photo below, right side), teenagers were excited, some adults even tried to talk to them.

They were photographed as often as some football fans in bizarre clothes.

Those policemen did look bizarre on that carnival. But in fact, it is a normal thing for a football competition nowadays. Well, perhaps, they were a bit too fat.

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June 10, 2008 at 12:25 am

I forgot it could be so

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It turned out there are countries worse than Germany! I mean smoking.

Germans actually made some progress this year, it is now possible to eat out with smell of food around. But I just came to a restaurant in Austrian Lustenau – people are smoking, sitting with kids at a table. Three baby chairs in a corner are waiting for little customers – so touching! And ash-trays are on each table.

I asked a waiter:
– Do you have a non-smoking area?
– No, smoking is allowed everywhere here.
– Is it like this in the whole Austria?
– Yeah. Either it is a smoking restaurant, or a non-smoking one. No mixing.

P.S. The food is good – it is a Greek restaurant, called “Corfu” :)

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June 8, 2008 at 1:21 pm

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