Kim's Austrian Adventure

My year as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar in Graz, Austria. Yes, there are other cities in Austria besides Vienna.

17. Oktober 2006

New meaning to "Up in Smoke"

  • Reading: Travel plans

  • Listening to: FM 4 (Beck is artist of the week!)

  • German Word of the Day: einleuchten

  • Translation: to make sense

  • Example: Es leuchtet mir ein, dass so einen Vorschlag von einem Deutscher kam./It makes sense to me that such a suggestion came from a German.

Forget the smoking section. Try the smoking airline!

It makes complete sense to me that a German would suggest a smoking-only airline. I was just thinking about it today while walking around -- I went into a combination cafe/store and was amazed at all of the people smoking while eating. Be overweight? Nooooo. Smoke a pack a day? Well, of course!* The number of people who smoked just to keep their weight down while I was at the Gymnasium was around 80%. I think I was one of maybe 5 (from our class of 40) who didn't smoke.

The smoking itself doesn't bother me that much. In fact, it feels strange in America when I'm at a cafe and people aren't smoking. I still remember how astonished I was the first time I landed at the Frankfurt airport and people were walking around, cigarettes in hand. A breath of not-so-fresh air for my naive American self. Now I snicker at them at the airport, as there are (technically) smoking sections. Snicker, that is until I stop paying attention and wander into the smoking section where they huddle, post-transatlantic flight, enjoying their nicotine fixes and eyeing me like the outsider that I am.

Luckily, smoking is one of the European habits I haven't picked up.

*I know that not every German feels this way, but the number of those who do still astonishes me.


At 20 Oktober, 2006 14:22, Anonymous Kate said...

Funny idea a smoking airline. I (overweight, non-smoking German :-) ) would like the idea because then one of my friends would not have the excuse anymore that she can't visit the states or Asia because she can't be without a fag this long. But don't be mistaken - I would never set my foot into a smokers flight. I find non-smoking flight suffocating enough.


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