Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Rozalin will always save me

Vienna has again been rated by Mercer as the world’s most livable city.

One can only assume that the people conducting the survey were smokers – or did it by long distance.

I agree that it is a wonderful place to live but – and I know I bang on about this – smoking is a real problem.

Many restaurants still allow smoking or have entirely half-hearted ‘non-smoking’ sections – separated from the smoking section by open doorway.

But – it is a lot better than it was when we first arrived four years ago when it was almost impossible to find a non-smoking restaurant.

Now there are many fine ones from which to chose and the fact change that is in the air is evidenced by the fact that our pizza place next door has recently gone non-smoking – and I could never imagined that happening.

And I in particular should not complain. I live in a penthouse apartment with a lovely wife and two cats and have only to worry about my housekeeping – my cooking – and when the Apple products I just bought will become obsolete.

(I do worry a bit about the ducks in winter but deep down I know they are fine).

And whenever I get into trouble – Rozalin rides to my rescue and saves me from the cold winds of Austrian bureaucracy.


  1. Wow, we have the same wife, oopz, I mean life; clean, cook, Apple.

    I saw that Russia is making some noise a-bout non-smoking. Big giant corporate tobacco is eVil. I eVen saw an article once on the 'plight' of smaLL tobacco farmers.

    You forgot about your roles of vacation planner and cat herder.

  2. I wish I had a Rozalin... sob...

  3. And Auckland was third! That would not be the case on my list...

  4. esb: Yes of course, vacation planning and cat wrangling are actually (after cooking) my most important duties.

    Annie: Well - move to Austria and she may be able to help you.

    Alexia: I have ben to Auckland and thought it was quite nice - but I prefer Vienna.