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Text Patrick Bartos
Illustrationen: Georg Wagenhuber

Through whatever influence I somehow get interested in this particular place. So I get myself a travel guide and start reading, page after page, history, architecture, culture and customs, sightseeing, eat, drink, shop, arts and entertainment, galleries, nightlife, and I look at the pictures, and the map, of course, the map. Where is the city centre, where are the foundations of the city, what is the shape of the place and how does it compare to others? Which buildings, which businesses, which cultural institutions are clustered how and to which degree? Is there an underground, how many lines, how do I get to this or that museum, gallery, restaurant, place of interest? And what are the clichés, and what is the pop cultural image, and how did they come about? Are there any movies about the place? I have to see the movies, at least one or two. Who wrote what about the place? I have to read that and to do so, well ... to really do so I have to study the language. And so I go and buy a course book and start. And studying the language works best if I also get some music, some locally produced music, and get the feeling for the rhythm of the language, and after a while I can communicate and communicate about the place, even with people from there. And I can assemble the very deepest knowledge about the place, and still know that even only one day there would make such a fundamental difference, just to smell the air, to watch the people, to walk down a street, to FEEL THE PLACE.