Austrian-American author and blogger comparing life in Los Angeles, California with life in Vienna, Austria.
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When Life Stifles Creativity
I don't know what to write about these days.
The repeat of the presidential election in Austria? The impending whacky
presidential election in the U.S.? The increase of hatred and race-related
crime in Europe and the U.S.? Brexit? Each topic seems to be too political to
be discussed on what I consider to be a light-hearted blog. From a marketing
point of view, I want my readers to feel good after leaving my page. I don't
want them to feel down or reminded of how f-ed up the world is at the
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In the midst of all the 'heaviness of life' is the whimsicality of
the Euro Cup finale playing on TV as I write this. Who will win? Portugal or
France? Do be honest: I don't care. And I am sure a lot of other people also
don't care but they dive into the unimportant distraction that is soccer. And
why not? Does it make us bad people that we are not glued to the TV thinking of
all the injustice that goes on in the world? I don’t think so. I believe it is
type of survival mode to try to hold on to the good things in life – or at least
let yourself be distracted by the trivial things like the latest Pokémon game
that seems to roaming around on social media these days. And even the 22 men in
shorts that feel no shame about crying when chasing a ball across a field with
hundreds of thousands of people watching (yeah, Ronaldo, I’m talking about you
– you cry baby!), serve as adequate distraction from ‘life’.
while France seems to be no one’s favorite nation except for the French
themselves, I think we can all agree that France urgently needs something good
Austria feels a sense of pride when it comes to being what they call nostalgic about the past and going against the mainstream. The rest of the world calls it being backward.
In 2015, the Austrian government at the time passed a law that would finally take Austria to the same progressive level as the majority of Western countries: banning smoking in bars, restaurants and clubs. However, it wouldn't be Austria if things were that simple. The government gave establishments over 2 years to prepare for the law to come into effect - May 2018 - which would fall under the legislative period of the next government. I was very happy about the law as I am one of those 'annoying' people who get a headache and burning eyes as well as the urge to cough as soon as I am exposed to smoke. At the same time, I thought the long time before the law actually will be enacted may be problematic as the new government may have other ideas. It turned out that I was right... and in this case, I wish…
Morocco has been on my list of places to visit for quite some time. This May, the time had finally come!
I thought Moroco was all about camels, couscous and desert but I couldn't have been more wrong! Marrakech has countless parks and the buildings show intricate designs and powerful colors. I especially loved the beautiful doors and gates of the various buildings. People are very friendly and everyone speaks English!
Did you know that designer Yves Saint Laurent used to live in Marrakech? You can visit his incredible blue house surrounded by a lovely and colorful garden.
The souk was bustling but no one was pushy. The food was INCREDIBLE and very vegetarian friendly. We took a trip to the ocean to visit the city of Essaouira, which apparently used to be hippie-town where Jimmy Hendrix briefly lived.
We went on a sunrise hot air balloon ride (my first) and it was an incredible experience! Floating across the tree tops of olive trees and seeing the sun rise in the distance was ab…
I participated in a Writing for the Web-workshop recently and one of the exercises was to write an exaggerated 'About Me' for my product/services website. The class was in German and therefore, so is the result. Let me know what you think!
Mein Name ist Cornelia, aber seit der dritten Klasse Volksschule nennt mich jeder Connie, weil wir damals 'coole' englische Namen von unserer Englischlehrerin bekamen. Ich bin zu 100% aus steirischem Fleisch mit ungarischer Gewürzmischung hergestellt, jedoch wurde meine Fleischqualität unter der teilwiesen Aufsicht von Governeur Arnold Schwarzenegger über 10 Jahre lang in Kalifornien aufgebessert. Made in Styria - improved in California. Dort bekam ich auch das Qualitätssiegel der University of California-Los Angeles verliehen. Dieses Qualitätssiegel ist auch der Grund warum ich trotz meiner Kompaktheit im Hochpreissegment verkauft werde.
Neben meiner Expertise im zweisprachigen Texten und Übersetzten, sowie meiner Marketingschwul…