Austria, Here We Come

AustriaMy boss. He doesn’t do the usual Dress Down Fridays (bit difficult as we wear paint-splattered gear every day – maybe we should have Dress Up Fridays?) or debauched Christmas parties, the meanie.

Last year, he held a festive bash for one. Him. On his own in a luxury restaurant with a 10-course tasting menu, a wonky paper hat, a bottle of bubbly and one straw.

This year however, he’s decided to splash out on a company outing. It started something like this:

‘Oi, Half-Shift! You speak German, don’t you? Didn’t you used to live in Austria? Can you ask for a hot-dog in the lingo?’

‘Erm, yup? Ja? Boss. Jawohl? Wurst?’

‘Excellent. We’re going to Austria.’

‘Oh. wunderbar! Are we going to tour the majestic beauty of the mountains and the breath-taking winding roads? Perhaps stopping in a charming Gasthof with carved wooden balconies? Wiener Schnitzel every evening?’

‘Nah, nothing like that. Grand Prix. In Graz.’


‘You in?’

Well. What could I say? It just so happens The Teenager is with his dad at the same time. Blimey. A road trip from Cardiff to Graz. To watch some souped-up cars racing round in a loop, over and over again. What’s not to like?

Of course I’m in. I might not understand what it’s all about – apparently he’s booked Grandstand seats – but I’m sure I can take my Inspirational Thoughts notebook and jot down some literary musings, sipping a strong coffee.

Actually, I can’t wait. My own four walls are closing in on me and the chance of escape is enticing.

We leave tomorrow morning and I’m still not packed. Being pale, fat and frumpy, my wardrobe choices are somewhat limited. I have a couple of pairs of cropped trousers but when I tried them on, my white legs blinded me and should Lewis Hamilton need one, I have a spare tyre or two around my waist.

Gut, ja?

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12 thoughts on “Austria, Here We Come

  1. Jan Jordyn says:

    Have a wonderful time B – don’t forget to pack industrial strength earplugs – (for the Grand Prix of course, not the journey with T!)

    Warmest, Jan x

    • stumbling in flats says:

      Thank you! Might just need them for the journey too, judging from his taste in music 🙁
      Hope you’re well!

  2. Judy Epstein says:

    Gut! Great! If you want your legs to look less white you might try to find some fake tan stuff as a health food store who mght have less toxic stuff than a typical drugstore. Enjoy yurself!!

    • stumbling in flats says:

      Thank you! Not a bad idea – will pick up some on my way back from dropping kitten off to cattery. Feel heartbroken just thinking about leaving her 🙁

  3. have sa good time! 🙂 def. bring ear plugs tho if you want to keep your hearing :p

  4. Kiran says:

    Have a fabulous time – exciting; not necessarily the cars, though they may surprise, was thinking more of the experience of being somewhere different for a little while…….

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