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
My husband and I decided that for this year’s summer vacation, we were
not getting on a long-haul flight to visit a far away country. Instead, we
decided to take a road trip. We live in Vienna, Austria, that, due to its
central location in Europe is the perfect hub for European travel. Earlier this
year, a friend told me how much she enjoyed her trip through the south of
France a few years ago, where she was able to see the famous lavender fields.
We sat down and stalked her Facebook profile to look for her photo album
documenting that trip. Once we found it, the decision was clear: that’s where
we want to go!
We started with the planning and decided to never drive more than six hours each day in order to avoid getting tired. The entire trip was going to be two weeks with the first week focusing on hunting the lavender fields and the second week being lazy on the Cote d’Azur. Therefore, we decided to have the following set stopps along the way, where we were going to book a hotel room…
2017 was a mixed bag in many ways, therefore I am not really sad that the year is coming to a close.
And although I have a lot of plans for 2018, I don't want to make a lot of resolutions except for losing weight - but that's always on the list. ;) Instead, I have joined an online group that focuses on cutting spending to the necessities.
I really enjoy online shopping for clothes - I can browse for hours in my sweatpants and don't have to deal with people. So when an email lands in my inbox promising x% off, I get very excited. I am not much of a luxury shopper. Most luxury items I own (a purse, a coat and a wallet) were gifts or I got them (jewelry) for a lot less because I worked for the company.
Most of my funds go towards vacations. I just love traveling and exploring different countries! Now that we've adopted a kitty cat, traveling will require some additional planning and consideration. We have a few trips on the radar for 2018, however, way less than previousl…
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…