Happy New Year!

How about a quick 2013 post with my standard promise to post more in the new year? 2013 was a busy year for me. I moved three times, started a new job, started learning a new language, and did a fair amount of studying. Moving to Vietnam was definitely the biggest event that happened, but…

I need an hour or two at a good Viennese coffee house today. 

Happy New Year! Guten Rusch ins Neue Jahr! As it’s New Year’s Eve, I thought I’d share an Austria New Year’s (or, Silvester) custom. I was introduced to this tradition last year by one of my English classes (thanks guys!).  Step by step guide to Bleigießen (lead melting) Step 1: Gather your ingredients. You’ll need: …

Favorite thing: Biking through a Viennese suburb. I seriously could have done this every day. Actually, my last two weeks in Vienna I did do this every day! (Apologies for the strange colors again. No camera.) There are bike/walking paths everywhere in Oberlaa, which is on the outskirts of Vienna. They go through fields, parks,…

Styria, Austria

Dachstein Glacier is located in Styria, Austria. In winter, it’s a popular ski destination, but I was lucky enough to experience it at the end of summer.  Beautiful, right? Those tiny dots are people hiking the glacier. We hiked a bit, but instead of hiking the whole route opted to climb the rocky hill from…

Dachstein Glacier near Ramsau am Dachstein, Styria, Austria

Hiking in Styria

Hiking is easily one of my favorite activities. A few weeks ago I FINALLY got the much anticipated chance to go for a weekend of hiking in the Alps. Austria is great.  These pictures were taken in Styria, Austria near the town of Schladming. (The lighting, etc. is really strange in some of them because…

Mondsee, Upper Austria

Styria, Austria