1. everything happens so much earlier here. we live in a really quiet road (in what seems to be a pretty quiet district) but the most activity and noise happens between 6 - 8am in the morning! (workmen started loudly digging up the pavement outside at 7am last week!). supermarkets are closed in the evenings and on sundays but they are open at like 7.30am. do people not lie in?!
2. people don't cross the street at crossings when the man is red. no really, most people don't! apparently you can be fined for jaywalking or something (but i don't know how true that is). i mean obviously i remember my 'green cross code'! but i find myself getting really frustrated waiting at crossings. i must learn not to be so impatient!
3. dogs are allowed into many cafes/restaurants where food is served.
4. austria is much more religious than i realised. there is a church we pass on our way into the city centre and we walked by one sunday and there were people kneeling outside on the pavement because the church was packed out. i've never seen that before.
5. newspapers are sold in plastic wallets tied to lamp posts on street corners. people help themselves and put the money into a slot. that would never happen in england! the newspaper companies would go bust as no one would pay for them! (it was funny we saw an old lady a few weeks ago in her dressing gown and slippers buying her newspaper from the street corner).
i'm sure there are many more but these are what come to mind at the moment.
i realised that i hadn't shown you any photos of where we live but i haven't really taken any. this is a view up our street when standing outside the main door and looking left. its not particularly an attractive or exciting road but i love our actual apartment (the old VW van is cool!).
this is the local park about 5 mins walk away from the apartment which i run around (well, okay... i've run around it a few times).