By Heinz Gstrein
Multiple reasons to celebrate there on November 4h in the Restaurant Odysseus in the middle of the Wiener Wald, which is developing into a popular Greek event venue for musical performances, book presentations and other events of the „Omogeneia" in the wider area of the Austrian capital. This time in the spacious premises of the former "Grüner Baum" the „Hephaestus Wien“, internet newspaper of Vienna cleebrated its
three years of existence. It appears daily in Greek and German with many pictures, became in the meantime also down the Danube to Bratislava for the Hellenic diaspora an opinion maker and has acquired a global readership on all continents. Focal points of reporting, in addition to Hellas and Austria, the Greeks of Constanrtinople and Egypt in past and present.
On the initiative of the Jubilee „Hephaestus Wien“ Vienna were also honored at the "Odysseus" three Greek female athletes, as freshly baked choice Austrians when the previously synchronized swimming fading colors of the Alpine republic faded to help them to fresh splendour: the triplet sisters Vasso, Anna-Maria and Eirini Alexandris from Volos. They catapulted the Austrian team last July at the World Championship in Budapest from the 20th to 8th rank. For them, the Hephaestus Wien promoted award plaques sponsored by "Odysseus“ boss Argiris Zosis. The awards were handed over by him, Greece's Ambassador in Vienna, Chryssoula Aliferi personally and Vienna city-counsellor Volkmar Ioannis Harwanegg, who himself is of Greek origin. Additional guest of honor was National Council member Christoph Vavrik, formerly director of Procter & Gamble and then Danone in Athens. The diplomatic representative of the Hellenic Republic wished to the swimming mermaids for their further sports career and also private "ola synchronismena“. Mother Artemis Argyropoulou could be proud of her daughters.
The musical framing of the event was ensured with bouzouki, guitar and vocals by the the Duo Marios Anastasiou and Iannis Raptis together with almost bacchantic dancers and dancers of Syrtaki or Chassapiko. Breitenfurts Mayor Ernst Morgenbesser had every reason to be pleased about the fact that thanks to the "Odysseus" a nice piece of Greece has been established in the Wiener Wald.