In which SWMBO gets something back from the bank.
The plan was to go visit a local waterfall, Traunfall, and then go eat Steckerlfisch. Lifelongfriend was still sick and worried that we wouldn’t find the trail to the waterfall on our own. Sure enough, even with detailed instructions, we still failed to get there. But, no bother, the fish was delicious!!! One Mother’s Day, we were in Austria and I got a Steckerlfisch. That was one of the best Mother’s Day gifts ever.
Steckerlfisch is fish on a stick that is grilled. You get it from a stand and either eat it at a picnic table or take it home. The standard fish is mackerel – so very yummy. You can also get trout but you have to wait about 15 minutes for them to make it. We ordered one mackerel and two trout and ended up ordering another mackerel. Add in potato salad and dinner is ready. The full size outdoor sink to wash your hands after eating the fish was a nice touch. A fish costs 6.90 euros/, $10.35 Cdn, potato salad costs 1.30 euro/$2 Cdn and a bun is 1 euro/1.50.
The next day, we set out, yet again, to find the waterfall. This time Lifelongfriend was with us so success was guaranteed. Unfortunately, the weather was not guaranteed. It started raining cats and dogs just as we got there. We turned around and decided to peek in on the local Raffeisenbank re-opening. I was surprised that a bank opening would be scheduled for Sunday but no mind, Lifelongfriend told us that they were giving away an electric bike and a tablet. It is her bank and she was apprised of the event.
And what an event it was. We drove to the tiny town of Schwanenstadt and found the main street closed for the event. Tents were set up but the weather was already clearing up. Hundreds, probably thousands, of people were there.
We found a place to sit and then were each served a 1/2 rotisserie chicken with either potato salad or french fries. Dessert was Krapfen (of course) or Pofesen (a deep-fried, prune-filled sandwich). There was an open bar, a bouncy castle, and a wheel for the kids to spin for prizes. There was alpenhorn music and a trialbiking demonstration by Tom Oehler.
Did I mention that EVERYTHING was free?!?! Service fees at Raffeisenbank must be deadly.
What a classy event. Drinks were served in glass and chicken was served on a real plate. BTW, the chicken was moist and perfectly seasoned. The toilets were in a truck but they were real toilets, with a real sink to wash your hands and everything was spotless. We were served by town volunteers and bigwigs from the bank were on hand to help out. We got to tour the bank: to walk in all the offices and even to see the printer/photocopier. Be still my heart!
It was a wonderful day and it ended with a perfect rainbow. Scotiabank, my Canadian bank, offers free withdrawals at certain partner banks in Europe. Unfortunately, none of them are in Austria so Fahbio and I were trying not to withdraw any more money until we get to Germany on September 24. We are down to our last 30 euros and are trying to put everything on our credit card. All this to save a measly $5 Cdn withdrawal surcharge. After that party, maybe we should give Raffeisenbank our $5 ;-) I feel pretty good about walking into town tomorrow to make that withdrawal. Or, I could mosey out now and just get the pot of gold at the end of that rainbow…