Monthly Archives: March 2014

Home Sick (not the same as homesick!)

Over the past couple of days, my entire host family and I have been sick with an awful stomach virus. It’s always horrible to be sick, worse when everyone is sick, and even worse when being sick causes you to miss out on cool plans. (No choir rehearsal, fun movie night, or most importantly, trip to […]

Train Blogging

There are some classic, beautiful train routes in Europe. Oslo to Bergen, along the Italian Riviera, and the one I am currently speeding along–Salzburg to Zürich. The route via Innsbruck is about 5 hours of Alpine wonderland interspersed with long tunnels that only make the mountains more staggering when you emerge. Right now the sun […]

Day Trippin’: Passau

A couple of weekends ago, my friend (and fellow American au pair) Julie and I made a day trip to Passau, a Bavarian city on the German/Austrian border. Three rivers meet in Passau, the Danube, the Inn and the Ilz, which make for some pretty scenery, especially on an unseasonably warm day at the end […]

Travel Plans

I am very much a planning kind of person. (That is possibly the biggest understatement I’ve ever made.) I still have nine months in Austria, then I’m starting a three year grad school program, and I’m already thinking about where I would like to live for my first job as a librarian. (Maybe Florida?) So, […]

Innsbruck Weekend

Back in January, I had a perfect, wonderful, stress-free weekend in Innsbruck. You know why? Because Innsbruck is ready for tourists. They have got this whole thing down to a science and are ready to give you as much history, culture, and mountains as you can cram into two days for 39 euros. Yeah, I’m […]