Thought some of you might be interested to hear about my vacation last week. Sunday I went to the derby in Hütteldorf with some friends. Rapid was lucky to escape with a point, as Austria had a goal disallowed unfairly. Also the Austria fans, proles that they are, tried to break out of their section and brawl with the coppers. So on Wednesday I drove over to Salzburg with a buddy of mine who is a Salzburg fan. This was my first time seeing the new Euro 08 stadium at Wals-Siezenheim. Pretty cool little place. They have these nice wide concourses (is that the word?) above the seats. Nice roomy stadium, crappy artificial pitch. I wonder if that's why the game sucked so badly. The level of play was atrocious, but Rapid escaped with the 1-0 road victory on a header by Korsos. Nice passion by both sets of fans though. I liked the stadium, and they played a lot of 70s classic rock before the game! Also Salzburg is a beautiful little city, for those who have never been there. It is very quiet - nice place to visit if you're looking for a low-key, relaxing few days off in beautiful surroundings. So then on Saturday we drove over to Innsbruck to see my favorite local band (www.lizardbeauty.com - I linked them once in the music forum, but they got torn to shreds). Since we had a couple of hours to spare, we headed over to the new Tivoli Stadium to watch FC Wacker Innsbruck (formerly known as FC Tirol) play Austria Wien (die Scheiße von Wien). This game was also pretty bad, and Austria won 2-0 on a couple of textbook counters. The atmosphere at Tivoli Neu is terrible - but the scenery is great! The Nordkette (the mountain range in the background of this picture: http://www.aeiou.at/aeiou.photo.data.image.fw10/fw02549h.jpg) looms up behind the home fans end of the stadium. Absolutely breathtaking. Also they played a lot of keyboard-oriented 80s metal before the game! So then on Sunday we drove back to Vienna, arriving just in time for Rapid-Sturm Graz at Hanappi! Decided not to go that one however, as I was pretty tired and didn't feel like subjecting myself to the Austrian Bundesliga's sub-par level-of-play for the fourth time in a week! This turned out to be a mistake, as Rapid by all accounts played brilliantly in a 2-0 win. Of all people, Roman Kienast (the worst player on the pitch during Wednesday's game in Salzburg) scored a nifty goal from close range, wrong-footing the gk in traffic. I'd still like to see a game at Ahnold Stadium in Graz, as well as maybe Admira-Rapid in the Südstadt. By the way, I couldn't help thinking that a lot of the Austrian stadia would be perfect for MLS.