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Annual German-language BookCrossing Meetup

by verenka
July 16, 2009

More than 80 BookCrossers came to Vienna for a weekend in May to spread the word about BookCrossing. We had all the now traditional ingredients for a German Meetup: a scavenger hunt, a Geocaching tour, pretty awesome Goodie Bags, a Monday morning brunch and of course, a release walk.

For the local colour we had lots of Schnitzel with potato salad, Manner Schnitten (hazelnut wafers), an evening at a Heurigen, and a literary guided tour through Vienna.

For the whole weekend there was an ongoing photography competition. We asked our participants to submit photos in two categories: "Vienna Reads" and "Best Release Photo". There were lots of inspired submissions on both topics. I hope the photographers had as much fun taking those pictures as we had choosing the winners.

The first place in the Release Photo category went to Eiramesor and her super find:

The second place was definitely the most daring release I have ever seen: ghanescha releasing a book on a police car parked in front of the Austrian Parliament. Photo by Arcon.

The remaining pictures, including places three to five can be found on the meetup website

In the second category, Vienna Reads, our participants tried to capture the essence of Vienna and its inhabitants' reading habits.

The first place went to KiwiInEngland who photgraphed the immensely popular Enzis (a type of outdoor furniture) in the museum quarter.

A close second was ekaterin4luv's photo of a typical Viennese tram and its conductor feeling unobserved (the conductor was later told about BookCrossing and didn't object to his photo being taken).

The other submissions can be seen on the website.

Photos, except as noted, are by verenka

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