The slow express to Vienna

July 2018. Beads of sweat formed on my brow despite the A/C being at full blast in the car. The train zoomed past the Austrian countryside at lightning speed. But it couldn’t go fast enough as far as I was concerned. It was going to be twenty-five minutes of hell, and I couldn’t blame anyone …

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Facing fear at Igls

December 2004. The open-bed truck wound its way up the slope. The snow on the ground glistened as it should on this New Year’s Eve on the Tirolean Alps. But it wouldn’t be as festive as usual in Innsbruck. Organizers had cancelled the fireworks, and for good reason. A few days before, a giant tsunami …

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