Author: Galina Toktalieva

Österreicher – Witze

Was steht mit einem IQ von 10 an der bayrisch/österreichischen Grenze? – Ein Österreicher mit 10 deutschen Schäferhunden. Zwei Österreicher unterhalten sich. Sagt der eine: “Du sag mal, kannst Du eigentlich Englisch?” Darauf der andere: “Oui, oui, Monsieur!” Erwidert der erste: “Das ist doch Französisch!” Der...

Equilibrium

I could appreciate advantages of living in 15 “ghetto” district of Vienna only when spring came. There was Schmelz nearby, – spacious patch of ground, where local pensioners cultivated vegetables and flowers in small private gardens. Most of the time outer environment could look grim for...

Chic of a piano

Why are always dressed up in black? It does not suit you at all, – dropped one of my female companions exhaling smoke of her cigarette, while we were on porch of one feeding on unemployment institutions, where we had our German classes, – three women making small talk in Russian. – Besides, I have read in glossy magazine, that those who prefer wear black, are often depressed.
She talked with the aplomb of a sophisticated woman in spite of reliance on glossy sources of information. Seeing her so close, I kept patronizing silence, as her face at that moment exposed nothing except shining beauty of youth.

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Odors

For thousands of years living without electricity and toothpaste, our forefathers, free of matrimonial restraints forced later by patriarchate, used to choose intimate partner by smell, as many mammals do. Probably the ability of humans to perceive odors partly degenerated with time. But even now in...

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Flight over the Cuckoo’s nest

by Galina Toktalieva To make our lessons more enjoyable, young teacher replacing an older one, urged us to talk in German about personal ambitions, stimulating our activity by patient approach of recently baked pedagogue and by genuine curiosity that glowed at her fresh innocent face. Poor...

Der Akt

Among other dreams for paranormal powers, I had dream of myself splitting in two and keeping company of my duplicate. I envisioned complete understanding between those two – the sort of intimacy identical twins have. Looking around, I knew I would stay inexplicable for ever. It...

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Cumulus framed

Whenever I go to Main Square with idea to make good photo of a horse, the blinders – leather flaps of bridle to keep horse from seeing anything on both sides – abash me. They say horses need those blinders to drag carriage with tourists forward....

Austria as major center for profies from East Europe

VIENNA – At night, many women are lined in the streets of Austrian capital. They are prostitutes. How one comes to do this dirty business on her own will? Social opinions and taboos still hold on our minds, and let others intrude in deepest resources of...

My neurotic and chauvinistic nation

An Attempt to describe the Austrian Mentality by Alexandra Umfahrer Edited by Galina Toktalieva Photo by editor I`m Austrian and I love my country. Nevertheless, some things go wrong and I want to criticize them by means of loving criticism. To assign a general mentality to...

Kultcircus spricht Russisch

Russische Mädchen hinter Vorhängen Der Kölner Kultcircus ist wieder auf Tournee! Zum Gastspiel reist Circus Roncalli im Sonderzug mit 100 Originalgetreu restaurierten Circuswagen aus der Jahrhundertwende an. Dann dauert es nicht mehr lange, und der prächtige Zeltpalast erstrahlt weithin sichtbar in wundervoller Beleuchtung. Portiers und Requisiteure...

Nationalfeiertag

400.000 Menschen haben am Nationalfeiertag die Bundesheerschau auf dem Heldenplatz besucht. Allein 400.000 kamen laut Bundesheer am Nationalfeiertag zur Leistungsschau, insgesamt waren es 850.000, die am verlängerten Wochenende den Heldenplatz besuchten. Am Vormittag empfing Werner Faymann (SPÖ) gemeinsam mit seiner Frau im Bundeskanzleramt Besucher. Am Nachmittag...

Tödliche Mischung

Immigranten, die ihr Leben bisher zumindest teilweise gemeistert haben, wissen von einen Tag auf den anderen kaum, wie man mit Beamten spricht, welche Rechte sie gegenüber Behörden haben und wie man im neuen Land nachbarschaftliche Konflikte löst. Das Abenteuer Alltag ist vor allem ein einziges Missverständnis, das das Selbstwertgefühl Stück für Stück auffrisst. Einige, die unter diesem Verlust leiden, suchen einen Ausweg in Wut, Zorn und manchmal Hass.

Heinz-Christian Strache and Nazi Salute

Heinz-Christian Strache, who by education is a dental technician, has been active in local politics in Vienna since 1991. Snapshots taken from a video in the late 80s were published in January 2007 showing a uniformed Strache participating in paramilitary training activities. Other people on the pictures...

Taste of poverty

Banality often contains concentration wisdom of folks. They say, it is not shameful to be poor. Poorest can obtain social security benefits. What is poverty in Austria, how it looks, tastes and smells? Apart from concept, I wanted to know this as personal experience. Being granted...

Yellow paper, or Hippocratic Oath

Some time ago in group of Austrian unemployed I participated in anonymous psychological test on personal wishes and dreams. Living on allowance, people dream mainly about money. If to go to Amazon with idea to find most popular self-improvement books, it will be books how to...