My friends all know that I am not a shopaholic. First of all I have more than enough with carrying the stuff I brought to a place. There is simply no room for adding more on my non-exisiting lap, when I am going home. Second of all – I prefer using my money on experiences rather than silly souvenirs you will put in a closet when you get home anyway.
However I find window shopping quite amusing (or window photos). And I enjoy wheeling around and looking at peculiar stuff I could buy, but will not. And I am actually amazed that there is a market for some of it.
My biggest amazement in Salzburg (and this one was BIG) came regarding the tracht. This is a national costume in German countries, but the special thing about Salzburg is that everyone has one. And they wear it! Almost every day!
When I thought of it afterwards, they have 150.000 inhabitants and 4 million tourists. That means that probably 95% of the people there work in the tourist industry. So this probably explains the original outfits. But still, it seemed that they wore it with pride on their leisure time as well. Either full garment with lederhosen and the whole package, or just a piece of it…like the very feminin white shirt they wore inside their colorful costumes.
Anyway, I was amazed and amused. And there were plenty of possibilities of buying one, either for adults or children. One of my conference colleagues almost fell for the temptation, because she’s Dutch and don’t have a national costume on May 17th (Norway’s constitution day). But she decided not to after all…
Other useful or not so useful stuff you can buy in Salzburg: