Category German

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 […]

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 […]

Ein Überblick: February 23rd-28th

I would like to start doing a weekly Überblick (overview) post, so I can keep track of all the cool events in my life that aren’t trip related–the fun day-to-day things about my au pair year. Now, I’m not making any promises, but I’m hoping that I can get into a good blogging schedule, especially since my […]

Mooooolly? Wo bist du?

That’s the call I hear whenever I leave the room these days. Sometimes it’s “Molly, where are you?” but usually Anna has to actually see me to remember that it’s time for English. I am continuously amazed by the amount of words she speaks in both languages, the way she strings them together, and the […]

Learning German in Upper Austria

So, I’ve been an au pair in Austria for about two months now, and my functional day-to-day German knowledge has exploded. I came in with a strong knowledge base (two semesters at college and a Goethe Institut summer course), but very little real-world practice. Answering questions on a test or in a mock interview set-up […]

Silvester in Berlin

Just got back from five days in Berlin and immediately slept for 15 hours. I think that’s how trips to Berlin ought to end, especially if they span New Years (Silvester) which is celebrated there unlike anywhere else. I was really lucky to have a “local” tour guide, my friend Nga, who is doing research at […]

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 […]

10 Things I’ve Learned

It’s been a busy 22 days since I left America the Beautiful, and in honor of Thanksgiving and the sense of self-reflection it always inspires–here’s are 10 things I have learned about myself and the world around me in the past few weeks. 1. I need to pay attention to my protein and caffeine levels. […]

Happy Birthday to me!

The best birthday gift I could have gotten. I can’t wait to see this little face in person!