Well, it just didn't work out like I hoped. We stayed on such a tight schedule, and the internet access was limited to hotel lobbys, so I just couldn't keep up.
But a whirlwind review would go like this...we saw five different biomass energy projects and three different forests. I rode a train through some beautiful mountains, and drove a VW van all over southeastern Austria, with one of the passengers commenting everytime I missed a shift or revved a little higher than he preferred. Had several meetings with Austrians where the toughest thing was to interpret their English and getting them to understand our questions. Had a wine tasting party at a vineyard on the slopes of a beautiful valley, where we could gaze across the former iron curtain at a Hungarian town up the road. Actually crossed the >Iron Curtain at one point where the forest road we were traveling turned right at a stone marker, and the group got out and wondered how in the world the secluded area we were in ever was well-traveled by border guards walking barb-wire. Listened to a forestry lecture one day in a poüring rain. Got lost one night, arriving at the town at 11 pm, where our hosts had been having a party for us since 6...they were in a good mood.
Drank more beer in 10 days than I will in the next 2 years (Austrians drink beer with every meal except breakfast), and watched the Austrian vs. Germany football match in a püblic square in front of the Imperial Palace, on a giant screen with 100,000 singing Austrians and Germans (the Germans won.) Viewed Rembrandts, Monets, and Raphaels till my eyes glazed over. Ate about a dozen long frankfurters with my fingers, dipping them in a mound of mustard, because they don#t use hotdog buns here. Rode a boat on the Rhine, and attended mass Sunday morning in St. Stephens cathedral in the center of Vienna. I suppose there was more, but I have to go stumble to the subway to get out to the airport. Oh , yeah, got a lot of work done, too.
I post some pictures and a couple of videos tommorrow when I get back to my office.