In 11th standard we went to Canada, Quebec for a class exchange to learn French. This was also the first time we saw “The Sound of Music”. Our Quebecoises counterparts decided to tell us what they know of Austria.
I was in a sort of shock watching the movie – no! this is not my Austria: mountains, women in Dirndl, lake-scenes, singing and dancing.
In my mind Austria was so much more: my friends, my family, the alternative music scene in my home-town, artists questioning the status quo and more.
Over the years I have reconciled with the fact that “The Sound of Music” is part of being recognized as an Austrian. Alright, not Australia, the kangaroos – it’s Austria, “The Sound of Music”.
I love clichés!
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