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Happy Cows Come From Austria: Audio Blog

We loaded the car this morning and punched "Gries am Brenner, Austria" into the navigator. Five hours later the happiest cows on earth were greeting us with bells on (No really -- listen to the audio clip if you don't believe me). We're only spending one night and then we head to Venice for the week. Loved Bamberg and REALLY looking forward to Venice.


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Reader Comments (10)

Wow ..
That doesn't sound NEARLY as fun as Hollywood-style neuroses immersion training!

Sep 25, 2009 at 1:44 PM | Unregistered CommenterYo Lama

Mooooooo! I guess California isn't the only place with happy cows!

Cows by James Reeves
Half the time they munch the grass
And all the time they lay,
Down in the water meadows
The lazy month of May.
A-chewin', a-mooin' to pass the hours away.

"Nice weather," said the brown cow.
"Ah," said the white.
"Grass is very tasty."
"Grass is alright."


"Rain coming," said the brown cow.
"Ah," said the white.
"Flies are very tiresome."
"Flies bite."


"Time to go," said the brown cow.
"Ah," said the white.
"Nice chat."
"Very pleasant."


Sep 25, 2009 at 7:19 PM | Unregistered CommenterNicole

Do their ears seem disproportionally large, or is it just me? And are you really close or do you just have a honkin' lens? I tried to shoot some photos of cows about a month ago, and they ran from me. Maybe North Carolina cows really aren't as happy as those in Austria.

Hope your time there is spectacular. Can't wait to read about Venice!

Sep 25, 2009 at 7:45 PM | Unregistered CommenterMelody

That is a stunning picture. What beautiful cows and I'm so happy to see them in such a green pasture. No wonder they're happy, they aren't piled on top of each other in the mud like we keep them here in California. And, oh my, those are big ears!!

Sep 25, 2009 at 9:57 PM | Unregistered CommenterLima

Awww...brings back memories. I stayed on a diary farm in Austria when I was a kid. It was just after Chernoybl. I kept stealing and eating fresh corn from the garden and my mom was in hysterical fits worried about my radiation exposure. I'm hoping the cows in Austria are, by now, radiation free...

Sep 25, 2009 at 10:35 PM | Unregistered CommenterTamara

@Melody YES I thought the same thing about the ears! I also love that it looks like they're wearing bad toupees. As for the photo it was actually taken with the point-and-shoot. When I walked up to the fence to record the audio they all came over to see what was going on -- I had to back up to get the shot!

@Tamara How cool. The man who runs the little hotel we're staying in has a couple cows and we got to watch him milk them yesterday.

Sep 25, 2009 at 10:53 PM | Registered CommenterBob & Brenna Redpath

I got a fever! And the only prescription.. is more cowbell!

Sep 26, 2009 at 6:11 AM | Unregistered CommenterPaul

I had to scroll back up to look at the picture so I could see the cows wearing bad toupees... that one on the left looks familiar!

Sep 28, 2009 at 4:49 PM | Unregistered CommenterBRL

AAAAAHHHHHHHHH ... It's the Little things, isn't it??? LOVE!

And ... Did you guys pick ALL the places based on how the names sounded (Gries am Brenner ...)? : )

Sep 28, 2009 at 6:05 PM | Unregistered CommenterCynthia

more cowbell!

Oct 9, 2009 at 4:42 PM | Unregistered CommenterDora

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