Our exploration of the range of cooking fuels and other energy generation methods in Austria sparked my boda guy’s interest in finding out more about Austria. Therefore, a couple of days later on one of our daily rides to work, he asked
Madam, can I ask you another question about your country? I mean your country Austria?
Kudos to him, he has got Austria right every single time we have talked. Again, I encouraged him to ask away.
In Austria and in Europe, when you get married, does the man have to pay his wife’s family so he can marry her?
I told him that in general, we did not pay dowry in Austria or in Europe (by the way, the fact that he followed Austria up with a reference to Europe shows he knows Austria – I am very proud).
Eeeeeeesssshhhhhh. But Madam, that is not ok. A wife produces for her husband and for her village. Without a wife, a husband would have no children. You always pay for someone that produces for you. So it is not ok not for a husband to take a wife without paying the family. Not ok.