Visiting Slovakia: A Retreat from Life

I know that I ought to be telling you all the best sights to see in Bratislava, Slovakia. But I’m going to fail you today, so maybe you’re already clicking away from this post. Don’t leave! Well, that’s okay, I guess. Do what you gotta. (I kind of really love this cat.) First of all, Slovakia is gorgeous! And Bratislava is a perfect day trip from Vienna if you want a tiny change of scenery during your visit to Austria...
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Languages: Same But Different

“Oh, you know.” The German brunette pushed her glasses up her nose. “It’s like you Americans and the British.” I felt my eyebrows squiggle a wrinkle right over my nose as I tried to grasp what she was telling me. “What do you mean?” “Well, German from Germany is the real German, not like the Austrian German. Just like the British English is the correct English opposed to American English.” My eyebrows discarded their wrinkle, rising high on my forehead,...
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Stumbling Around Culture Shock

Do you know that one girl (or maybe your mom) who just has these crazy expectations–flat out impossible to fulfill? Yeah, that’s not my mom. That’s me. I expect some pretty big things from myself. Never from you. Just from me honestly. For example, I often end up hating my body because I still can’t do 5 chin-ups. A measly five! But then again, I also hate working out. And then, there’s this impossible belief that I should instantly understand...
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Dreaming of Paris

Who of you have visited Paris? Please raise your hand. Oh, right. I can’t see you. Well, that’s disappointing. Who’s going to tell me where I should go to see all the fun landmarks and historical statues? Sure. Sure. Eiffel Tower. Got it. [via] But I want to visit that side street cafe that you fell in love with! While there, I want to order your favorite meal and sample bits of Paris through the memories of my friends. Would...
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Budapest: Illuminated Bridges

I would never have thought that I would get the chance to visit Budapest, Hungary. I’ve heard of the city before. You know, The Grand Budapest Hotel… No, I haven’t seen the movie, BUT I have seen Budapest. I even saw some hotels but none very notable…just big and grand and out of my price range! Place to Stay: A Hostel My first hostel experience happened in this friendly, beautiful, and safe city. My friends and I stayed at the...
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Visiting Retz

When you think of visiting Austria, I imagine the top cities you want to see are Vienna, Innsbruck, and Salzburg. I’m right there with you, and I’ve happily seen a lot of Vienna with plenty more destinations just within that city to visit! But there are a lot of other wonderful places in Austria, such as Retz in Lower Austria. You can visit this town in a day. Make sure to see the windmill and tour the wine cellars. And...
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Dreaming of Retz

One of the exciting things of Europe is the richness of history that it seems each town has. Retz is no different. Located in Lower Austria, this town has its own stories of being conquered and massacred. And then, in the later 1400s, Retz was given some special rights to wine. Those who lived along the edge of the town square were permitted to sell wine and store it themselves. These houses dug below their homes complex cellars to keep...
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Der Naschmarkt (A Giant Flea Market)

The last time I was in Austria, my acquaintances kept asking me if I had visited the Naschmarkt. Naturally, I had no idea what they were talking about since my German is limited to “Guten Morgen” and “Wedersehn” (which is really only the shortened form of good-bye). But I was able to deduce that we were talking about some sort of market because let’s be honest “market” and “markt” aren’t so different. It only happens on Saturdays, but it happens...
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American Cell Phone to Austrian Handy

Adjusted to the time zone. Rented the flat. Survived job orientation. What else could a girl need? And then that moment comes, when a new friend asks for your phone number. Um, my phone isn’t set up yet. But friend me on Facebook? But maybe you just aren’t to that level yet of being actual Facebook friends, and maybe a phone number and a phone carrier would be better. But how do you do that in a foreign country? First...
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