SHARE YOUR WORLD 08 MAY 2023

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It’s been ages since I’ve written my last blog post. So what better way to get back into the swing then joining today’s Share Your World, hosted by Pensivity101 (HERE).

Today’s questions are:

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1. DO YOU FEEL COMFORTABLE WALKING IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD AT NIGHT?

To be quite frank, yes and no. Generally speaking Vienna is a rather safe city, where people use public transport almost 24/7. When I walk around my neighborhood late at night (which doesn’t happen too often), I stay alert, walk rather quickly and don’t chitchat on my cellphone. I just don’t push my luck.

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a rare London telephone booth for tourists

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2. WHEN YOU SHOP FOR DAY TO DAY THINGS, DO YOU PAY BY CASH OR CARD?

I believe in cash! Whenever we go shopping we leave a trail of data behind. And we all know that this information is being sold for big money to anybody who’s willing to pay for it. I’m sure that some day grocery store data will be sold to health insurances – Do I really want my health insurance to know about my sweet tooth…? And that’s just one aspect of cash vs. card.

Recently my daughter and I spent a couple of days in London. Before we went on our trip I exchanged Euros into British Pound – the good old fashioned way. I knew what I had in my wallet and that was what I had planned to spend during our little holiday. Over-spending was ruled out. Little did I know! It seemed that most of the UK works and lives on plastic! I don’t know how often I pulled a bill out of my wallet to pay for our coffees  and how often my cash was declined… Crazy world!

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an evening out at the theater

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3. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU DRESSED UP FOR A SPECIAL OCCASION?

The last time I dressed up for a special occasion was 10 days ago. My brother, sister-in-law and niece came to Vienna and we went to the Volksoper (HERE) and enjoyed a performance of the musical CABARET. It was amazing!

I had booked a box for the 4 of us way up in the theatre. And because my niece is under the age of fifteen, her ticket was only 1/4 th of the actual ticket price. I was surprised and very happy that theaters offer these kind of discounts for our youth. My ticket was a restricted view seat, which cost even less. Since I had seen the production before I didn’t mind not seeing everything. The music and the amazing voices made up for everything!

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photo taken for my 60th B-Day blog post – Hermès Bolduc scarf

photo credits: Pia Reschberger analog photography

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4. HAVE YOU EVER LIED ABOUT YOUR AGE?

I might have lied about my age in early days, when I desperately wanted to be 16 or 18, in order to be able to get into a club etc. Last year I turned 60. For my birthday month February I had planned a series called 28 scarves, in which I introduced various scarves from my little collection to you, my dear readers. It began with Feux du Ciel (HERE) . For my birthday I had chosen the Hermès scarf with the many ribbons – “bolduc” in French – called Bolduc (HERE). My daughter and I spent an afternoon taking photos and thinking of ideas how to present them. In the Bolduc photos I just grabbed a bunch of old ribbons and played around with them. We had lots of fund and I think it shows.

So now I’m 61 – why lie about it?

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Interested in more answers to this week’s Share Your World questions? Hop over to Pensitivity101 (HERE) and to Cee (HERE) Perhaps you might like to join and give us your answers?

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Whatever you choose to do…

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🙂.      HAVE A VERY HAPPY WEEK AND STAY SAFE!        🙂

8 Comments
  • janet
    Mai 9, 2023

    Welcome back, Claudia! You’ve been missed. The cash/card discussion is interesting because you do spend less generally with cash because you can tangibly see the money going, which you can’t with a card. My s-i-l and b-i-l moved from France to Norway a year ago and she said it’s a virtually cashless society. Our girls even use a card for very small amounts, something I try to avoid so that the vendor doesn’t have to pay a fee. Even farmer’s markets now often take cards but they always appreciate cash.

    janet

    • happyface313
      Mai 11, 2023

      🙂 Thank you so much, dear Janet!
      I heard that Skandinavian countries pretty much use credit cards only. But like you, I find it easier to keep track of my money when using cash.
      We still have stores that won’t accept cards under a certain amount, because of the fees they have to pay.
      Speaking of that I remember when we still had cheques and a lady wrote one for one dollar and a couple of cents at a drug store in LA. It must have been sometime in the 1980ies…
      Have a very HAPPY week xo 🙂

  • Sabine Gimm
    Mai 9, 2023

    Mein Alter habe ich noch nie verheimlicht. Warum auch? Na gut, vielleicht in der Jugendzeit, wenn ich in die Disco wollte. Da habe ich mich schon mal älter geschummelt.

    Einmal im Leben muss ich wohl in London in so eine rote Telefonzelle 🙂

    Liebe Grüße
    Sabine

    • happyface313
      Mai 11, 2023

      🙂 Liebe sabine,
      wir haben uns gewundert und gefreut, dass es überhaupt noch ein paar rote Telefonzellen in London gibt. Und überall waren Touris, die Fotos gemacht haben. Das musste sein, auch wenn die rote Zelle völlig abgewarzt war und fürchterlich gemüffelt hat. Aber Du weißt ja, was man für ein paar Fotos auf sich nimmt…
      Schöne Woche und liebe Grüße 🙂

  • Cee Neuner
    Mai 9, 2023

    Claudia, I so enjoyed reading your responses. But what I liked best was seeing in you in person. Now I feel like I know you a little bit better. Stay happy and healthy my friend.

    Cabaret would be a great play to see in person.

    • happyface313
      Mai 11, 2023

      🙂 Dear Cee,
      surprise, surprise – so that’s me 😀
      I remember seeing the movie Cabaret with Liza Minelli as a kid ages ago and the music has stuck with me ever since. She was fantastic as Sally Bowles!
      Thank you – you stay healthy and happy, too and have a very HAPPY week xo 🙂

  • Di aka pensitivity101
    Mai 9, 2023

    Hi! Thanks for joining in. Yes, it is certainly weird how more and more places are now card only…….. even the market stalls! Our supermarkets have cashiers that deal with card payments only, as do some of the self service checkouts, and we’ve noticed in one supermarket that they no longer do cash back at the tills! I prefer to pay in cash because I know how much I have to spend, but with prices going up at least 10% every time you walk through a shop door, I can’t keep up with it. Our weekly food bill used to be around £25, now it’s nearer £40 and that doesn’t include the dog.

    • happyface313
      Mai 11, 2023

      🙂 I know what you mean – prices in the supermarkets are crazy. When I think of milk and butter – prices are skyrocketing!
      I don’t know of any market stall in my neighborhood that accepts plastic – yet. But I trust our finance minister will want to make sure he gets his share and he’ll have the market stall owner writing invoices for a salat cob etc…
      All the best to you and your dog 🙂