Tonight outside IIASA’s headquarters I saw the carnival rides that were being set up earlier this week. This time, they were in action.

Crazy happenings in Laxeburg!
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It was delightfully surreal to see bumpers cars in this baroque square, and the kids were really enjoying themselves. There was a large tent with tables across from the rides, where parents could sit and drink beer. Though many of the riders were teens or adjults.

Crazy happenings in Laxeburg!
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The scene was a little weird, but I’m sure stranger things have happened there, sometimes involving people wearing powdered wigs.

Crazy happenings in Laxeburg!
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And given how quiet the town is, one cannot begrudge any entertainment….

The vibrant downtown. Seriously.
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[To the tune of Stevie Ray Vaughan, “Little Wing,” from the album The Sky Is Crying (I give it 2 stars).]