The two cultures. -- It was a bit of shock when I first started teaching and supervising in Austria: other than their counterparts in the Anglophone world, students here only rarely verbalize their appreciation or gratitude for lecturing or supervising. (Not counting the robotic banging of fists on desks at the end of a lecture.) I have learnt my lesson. I got used to is. I no longer expect it. I am a cultural relativist. I am a cultural relativist. I am a cultural relativist. I find my job satisfaction elsewhere. Indeed, nowadays I am dumbfounded when I hear a as little as a simple "danke" in my place of work.