Monthly Archives: April 2013

Travel Safe, Travel Cheap: Picking a Hostel

So, I just finished booking the hostels where I will be staying during my trips to London and Rome in November. I have stayed in 15+ hostels across the UK and Europe (and one in NYC!) in the last couple of years, and I have sort of gotten my selection process down to a science. […]

Initial thoughts on Gemütlichkeit

Gemütlichkeit is a German word that just keeps coming up in descriptions of Austria. At first, I thought it was a pretty simple concept. My go-to online dictionary offers meanings like comfort, coziness, congeniality, sociability, snugness, and “an atmosphere of comfort, peace, and acceptance.” This makes sense, and I often see the word in travel guides […]


April 2011 An unedited snapshot OR The moment I knew I would come back to Austria

No Kangaroos in Austria!

  When I was in Austria in 2011, I was only mildly bemused by the above image. I read it as saying, tourists, we’re making fun of you, but buy this “No Kangaroos in Austria” tee-shirt, and you can be in on the joke! Except you just paid €20. So, joke’s still on you. But yesterday, […]

Language Learning: German and Latin

This semester at Agnes Scott, I have been lucky enough to take two foreign language classes–German and Latin–and I have been so excited about the ways that they inform and enhance each other. Notate Bene: Excited, not surprised. Learning across different academic disciplines and specializations has characterized my college education. I am a proud proponent […]

Follow-up on Filler Words

Filler Words in German: The Discussion Many thanks to danilotambone in the comments for sharing this link! It seems like “so” and “also” are pretty safe filler words? Sehr interessant!

Plane Plans

You should know now that I love planning, especially trips. I spent my entire childhood checking travel books out of the library and making up imaginary itineraries. I can’t imagine hiring a travel agent. It would be like having a birthday party, but hiring someone else to eat the cake. For me, planning is an […]

Book Review–The Habsburgs: Embodying Empire

So, lately I’ve been reading a lot of books about Austria, and there has been a certain amount of trial and error involved. I am not at the point where I can read history books in German (I’m only kind of at the point where I can read fairy tales in German, which will be […]