Monday, 28 May 2007

Die Murmeltierjahre?

I'm sure everyone remembers the movie "Groundhog Day", where Bill Murray plays a TV weatherman who is sent to Punxsutawney, PA as a Groundhog Day special correspondent, just to find himself waking up on Groundhog Day again and again.

We are living in Salzburg since 2004, having lived in Barcelona before. Salzburg cannot be considered a big city. It has hardly 150.000 inhabitants and a rather provincial air about it, sometimes lovely, at times exasperating, with which we are confronted in our everyday lives. Like basically all rural societies in the world (I guess), major events repeat themselves with an astonishing regularity on a yearly basis. But not only the events happen again and again in Salzburg, year for year. The same is true for the design, the decoration, the colors, the smells... it's the whole look&feel of the city which repeats itself!

That's why sometimes we feel ourselves trapped in a kind of groundhog year, which repeats itself over and over again. A groundhog is called Murmeltier in German. "Die Murmeltierjahre" means "the groundhog years".

Welcome to my very personal account of our Murmeltierjahre in Salzburg!

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