Though bordering Slovenia and Italy, Carinthia became Austria’s most right wing state, thanks to former Govenor Jörg Haider who apperantly shook every citizen’s hand twice
Spending time in a typical alpine resort during the summer months lets you experience a special atmosphere of discomfort. Vacancy signs try to get your attentions while the streets are empty and you walk or roll through the village. The soundscapes of renovations and rebuilding activities mix with cattle cowbells and some barking dogs. This all might sound like a doable downtime and like a relaxed situation but in fact, it is tragic what goes on in mass tourism skiing resorts today.
Hotel and Restaurant owners chew on their nails trying to figure out how to get more summer guests (bikers and hikers) to visit. A leaden haze covers the villages in summer and when walking the mountains or just by looking up from the valleys, one gets the notion that something had gone terribly wrong here. The mountains show huge and long scars all the way from the hill tops down to the valleys. The water quality is degrading constantly and in some resorts, the once so pure spring water has been saturated with chemicals and toxins, produced when “letting it snow”. This has to stop.