Monthly Archives: December 2013

My Awesome Austrian Christmas

I’m 24 years old, and this year was the first time I haven’t made it home for Christmas. I love Christmas more than your average person–from radio stations that play carols 24/7 to every version of A Christmas Carol ever (especially the Muppet and Mickey Mouse editions) to decorations and lights to the Christmas blend at O’Henry’s […]

St. Nikolaus!

On December 6th, I was lucky enough to be visited by St. Nikolaus here in Austria! Fortunately, he didn’t bring Krampus along. He did bring some treats, including my new favorite sweet–Manner Wafer (made in Vienna). It was so thoughtful of my host family to include me in this tradition. When Anna Sophie opened the front door […]

Thanksgiving in Austria

This is a little late, but here are the pictures from our Thanksgiving celebration! Crosley (the current au pair) and I cooked up a storm of turkey, mashed potatoes, green beans, squash casserole, and pumpkin pie (from a real pumpkin!)    

Christmas in Nuremberg

There are a lot of interesting things you can do in Nuremberg (Nürnberg auf Deutsch). You can go see the courthouse where the Nuremberg trials were held and listen to recordings of the Nazi testimonies. You can go to the Germanisches Nationalmuseum, which is a massive complex of museums about German history and culture, akin […]

Last Minute Travel: Vienna and Budapest

A couple of weeks ago, I was sitting here in my new home in Austria, and the current au pair (the one I’m replacing) said that she and her boyfriend were going to Vienna the next day, and I could ride with them, if I wanted. My first thought was: No way! Tomorrow?!?! I know, I […]

Reverse Itinerary: Rome (Part 2)

Here’s my “reverse” itinerary for Rome–not what I planned on doing, but what I actually did! (This is Part 2. Part 1 is here.) Thursday, Nov. 21st, Day Four: I woke up on this Thursday ready to see some ancient sites. My plan of action was to wander around ruins until I literally couldn’t walk […]

Reverse Itinerary: Rome (Part 1)

Here’s my “reverse” itinerary for Rome–not what I planned on doing, but what I actually did! (Part two is here.) Six days in Rome in November was awesome from a low-crowd perspective, but a little rough from a cold and wet weather perspective. Still, I had such a good time, and feel like I really […]