Pumpkin. That’s the regional specialty and it seems to be found everywhere!
Our second and third days here, we
walked hiked into town, 3.7 km to the Technical University, and somewhat less to University of Graz. Naturally all this hiking allows one to work up an appetite. Our internal clocks weren’t set yet so we were hungry at the oddest times of day–4:30 PM, for instance.
Day 2 found us, after our business was completed, at one of the many platz (plazas) in Graz. We found a little place to eat, the Glöcksbrau, which was buzzing from everyone just finishing their mittagessen (middle of the day meal) or maybe gathering for an early beer!
The Glockenspiel is to the right. It plays at noon, 3 and 6 PM, with two people emerging to dance around. We managed to miss it this time but will look for it again!
We finally found a table, sat down, disregarded the fitness specials:
and ordered the regional specialties: Cremesuppe vom Muskatkürbis mit Kürbiskernöl (pumpkin cream soup with pumpkin seed oil), Schnitzel mit Beschichtung aus Kürbiskernöl (cutlet with pumpkin seed coating) und hausgemachten Erde Apfel-Salat (house made potato salad) und
ein zwei kleine Biere (two small beers). Bill actually ordered the schnitzel Viennese-style. It was so much we had enough to bring home for another meal, except the soup. Best thing I have ever tasted!
the soup! soooo good!
Before we left, a quick trip up the stairs to the toilette (D amen for ladies, H erren for men) and wow–check out the cool curvature of the ceiling!
On the way out who should we see but ARNOLD!!!! Graz is the home city for Arnold Schwarzenegger! There is a story about Graz naming a stadium after him and giving him a key to the city. But then, as Governor of California, he refused to stay an execution, so they took back the name and Arnold gave back the key. We hear alles ist gut now, but it must have been a little uncomfortable for everyone for a while!
We had come into town that day to get our city registration permits. They were, amazingly, free! We have to check in with them again after 90 days, even though we have Visas. Here is where we did that!
After so much excitement, we walked to the streetcar stop and rode it home, because you remember we still have to
walk hike back up our hill!