Category Au Pair

Molly’s European Year: a Recap in Words and Pictures

I will be leaving Austria in exactly one week. After that, I have a two day layover in Iceland, but then it’s home sweet home (Alabama) for Christmas. I’ve been trying for a few weeks now to find the best way to capture the magical insanity that has been the last thirteen months of my […]

Live from Stockholm!

Technically, live from Malmö, but I’m just sitting in the station here for a couple of hours waiting on my bus to Copenhagen. I just got off the most wonderful train, with wide soft seats and plugs and wifi and cupholders…Sweden does everything well, it seems. With efficiency and style. I spent my two days […]

July Adventures

Yes, I’m getting all out of order and topsy-turvy on this blog. Bear with me. (I promise that posts about my June trips to Ljubljana, Zagreb, Cesky Krumlov, and Germany will come.) Summer is my favorite time of the year, and this summer, I’ve had a rail pass for all of Austria, and I’ve set […]

Things to Do in Vienna for €5 or LESS

This post is exactly what the title would lead you to believe. I’m currently in my favorite European city, hanging out in my hostel’s rooftop bar, thinking about Vienna. This is my seventh time here, and I come up with new things to do every single time. Even though it is, by any standard, quite […]

Die Freizeit Frage

I know what you’re thinking: Molly, you only work 20 hours a week and you live in a tiny village in Austria. That sounds awesome and all, in theory, but what do you do all the time? If you’re very clever, you’re thinking: There’s no way you’re going into the city everyday, because you’d never be […]

Six Months in Europe

I flew into London Gatwick exactly six months ago today! Since then I’ve  1. learned to ride a moped 2. learned to ride a bicycle 3. gotten tons of infant care experience 4. viel Deutsch gelernt 5. made lots of friends 6. joined an Austrian choir 7. gained a second family and TRAVELED to Austria […]

April, April

The warmer it gets, the more I do…and the more I do, the faster the time flies by. In April, I’ve been on weekend trips to Prague and Amsterdam (blog posts will be made!) and done lots of lovely things in between. At the beginning of the month, I went with Anna Sophie, Doris, and […]

Day Trippin’: Wachau

The Wachau Valley is a beautiful area of Austria, along the “blue” Danube, known for wine production, medieval castles, and the magnificent abbey at Melk. It was a perfect destination for my host family and me on a beautiful, sunny Sunday, after a horrible few days of stomach viruses all around. It was definitely a […]

Au Pair Life: A Love Letter

I love my job. I will probably never have a job that is this fun, with so few hours and so many perks, ever again in my entire life, and believe me–I appreciate it. Per Austrian law, I work 20 hours a week. For me, that means working Monday through Thursday mornings from 7:30 to […]

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 […]