Blink: Christmas In Vienna

Blink: Christmas In Vienna

Tugging my winter hat over my ears, I reached for my puff coat and slipped my arms in. The Florida sunshine giggled at me as it beamed through the curtains of my bedroom, and I shook my head. Christmas and December meant snow. And cold. And if I couldn’t be where it was, I’d imagine myself there. And nothing helps imagination more than reality. I zipped up my coat and tapped my booted heels together. Blink, blink, squeeeeeze tight. Cool air...
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11 Christmas Gifts for the Traveling Reader

11 Christmas Gifts for the Traveling Reader

Finding the perfect gift for your traveling reader can be as easy as an Amazon giftcard, but if you want to get more personal than that, allow me to offer you a Christmas gift springboard of ideas. And yes, I’m using Amazon affiliate links (this means a tiny profit for me and no extra charge for you). I’m not an affiliate of Etsy, but I love it. 1. Animal Travel Pillow If you’ve ever been in an airplane, you know...
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Connecting With Family While Traveling: The Stone Lion

Connecting With Family While Traveling: The Stone Lion

Traveling far from family and friends can be difficult (adventurous and exciting, yes). But there are days where you just want to tackle-hug your brother or cuddle up on the couch with your sister for a cute movie. On those days, you need a way to connect with your loved ones, even when you’re far away. I don’t know what that will mean for you, but I can share what I did. It all started with a photo that my...
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Barbara’s Tiny Cheat Sheet to Austrian German

Barbara's Tiny Cheat Sheet to Austrian German

Before moving to Austria, I remember trying to learn as much German as possible. I had beginner German CDs. I used Duolingo, and I listened to songs in German. I even read books that were set in Austria. I stuffed the German vocabulary into my head. And then, when I arrived in Austria, I realized that “willkommen” was not “you’re welcome”. Sure, in English, we’d translate “willkommen” as “welcome.” But in Austria, you would not use it in response to...
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Eat Your Way Through Vienna: 10 Restaurants

Vienna & Food

I love eating my way through cities, and I’m thrilled to share with you my favorite restaurants in Vienna. If you’ve been following along for a while, then you know that I lived near Vienna for over a year. And I fell head over heels in love with this beautiful city. Maybe if I had stayed longer, the stars in my eyes would have faded, but I’m not so sure. Recently, I’ve been missing Vienna. Therefore, I’m inviting you to...
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12-Hour London Stopover

When my Barcelona weekend plan off-roaded and became a week trip, I also ended up with a 12-hour London stopover (or layover). Right? Oddly, no one felt that bad for me when this all happened. It caused complications to other life plans (like writing posts for this blog, my day job, and social hangouts). I want to take a moment to shout out to Ryanair for how their employees professionally and kindly handled all the flight changes that had to...
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Vienna: Pay with a Poem

Vienna: Pay with a Poem

Living in Vienna is a dream come true, and there is always something going on, like Julius Meinl’s Pay with a Poem campaign for World Poetry Day. Here’s the video ad that stopped me from skipping to the youtube video I wanted to see. As a lover of words, I’m so behind this idea, and I only wish I loved coffee and tea more. This isn’t just happening in Vienna, though. It’s happening wherever Julius Meinl is served. I’m hoping...
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Awakening in Innsbruck, Austria

Two nights. One day. Basically, the 24 hour guide to exploring and enjoying Innsbruck, Austria. I have a few friends that wonder how I travel so much. How is it that you visit these places you’ve never been to before? It’s simple really. I commit. Buy the transportation ticket and reserve a place to stay. My friends and I opted for train tickets using the OEBB SparSchiene. This website offers cheaper train tickets than the main website. And we rented...
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Dreaming of Innsbruck

“You have to see the Alps. Or mountains, at least, when you’re in Austria.” Yeah, yeah, okay. I’m not all about the mountains like this friend is. However, I decided that I should do it for her. So Ms. J, this trip to Innsbruck is for you. And I plan on taking lots of photos. “Located in the broad valley between high mountains, the so-called North Chain in the Karwendel Alps (Hafelekarspitze, 2,334 metres or 7,657 feet) to the north,...
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10 Tricks to Leading Cross-Cultural Childcare

Two months ago, I filled out a volunteer form, and the in the experience section, I bragged that I was the “baby whisperer aka basically good with kids.” Friends, if you ever brag, make sure it’s not an empty brag. The leadership of this event (for which I planned to volunteer) asked me if I would consider leading the children’s program. If you don’t think that’s a daunting task, let me tell you a bit more. 7 different countries. Ages...
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