Packout is in three days. So, we’re getting down and dirty here. Today, I tackled my teenage son’s closet. Three-quarters of the shoes in there filled a trash bag. I […]
We shipped our car a month ago and I have barely noticed. I can get anywhere I want to on die öffis, a complicated network of under- and above-ground trains, trams, buses and bike paths. It took a while to get the hang of it, but once I did, I never looked back. It is an awesome system, and I am sure going to miss it when I get back to lame public transport in the States.
I won’t repeat my epic rant about Austria being the ashtray of Europe. But today, as two smokers sat down next to me in a bus shelter, I was reminded […]
Every weekday, rain or shine, I go for a brisk walk. Since my apartment-bound life in Vienna is unusually sedentary for me (I’m used to renovating houses and gardening a half-acre or so) this daily exercise is absolutely key to my sanity. One of my favorite routes is along the Donaukanal. I’m going to miss it!
I subscribe to the WordPress newsletter, the Daily Post. I liked an idea that was posted there recently about organizing archived posts so that they are easy to find. I […]
A mid-week escape to the lakeside resort of Neusidl am See in sunny Burgenland.
We pack out in less than three weeks, and despite it being relatively easy compared to the last move, I’m still becoming totally ADD. Again.
It’s very strange sometimes being a non-Catholic in a very Catholic country. Of course, we lived in three different officially Catholic Latin American countries, plus the nominally Catholic Czech Republic, so we are not completely unfamiliar with the rituals. But nowhere has the liturgical calendar been taken so seriously as it is here in Austria.
Visiting Beethoven, Brahms, Strauss, and Falco at Vienna’s Central Cemetery.
Visiting the Secession-era Karl Lueger Memorial Church at the Vienna Central Cemetery.
A colorful mix of pagan and Catholic traditions at the Oruro, Bolivia Carnaval circa 1990.
Following up on Educating Square Pegs in the Foreign Service: quotes from the online community and ideas for improving the situation.