HOW TO GET AHEAD: WORKING ABROAD ... VIENNA - This city’s beauty is slightly blighted by poor coffee and a major chicken shortage

’Vienna is small compared with London and, as the Austrians are quiet drivers, getting around is relatively easy,’ says MindShare’s Vienna-based regional media director Alastair Jones. Easier certainly than Italy or the Czech Republic, where Jones has previously been based.

’Vienna is small compared with London and, as the Austrians are

quiet drivers, getting around is relatively easy,’ says MindShare’s

Vienna-based regional media director Alastair Jones. Easier certainly

than Italy or the Czech Republic, where Jones has previously been

based.



’Like Italy, there’s quite a lot of bureaucracy. Unlike Italy, you can’t

get round it - they insist on sticking to the rules. For example, when I

moved to Vienna from Prague, I had to arrive at the border before my

furniture or it wouldn’t have been allowed in. So this notion of

Austrian efficiency is a bit of a myth.



’I’m still getting used to the opening hours here. In Prague you can go

shopping at the local Tesco on Sunday afternoon. The other Saturday I

went to get a chicken at four o’clock for lunch the next day and there

wasn’t a single one left. And having spent six years in Italy, I’m still

trying to discover a good Italian restaurant. So far I’ve only found a

few that are passable.’



Jones also complains that Viennese coffee isn’t as strong as

Italian.



And unfortunately, he’s not a great fan of chocolate.



’But it is a beautiful city. I can walk to work in about 20 minutes,

which is a bonus. Because I spend a lot of time doing business elsewhere

in Central Europe I haven’t had time to do much sightseeing yet. At the

moment, all I seem to do is get back to the flat, crawl into bed and

sleep.’



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