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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 […]

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 […]

Zürich

I set off on my weekend trip to Switzerland on a Thursday afternoon, taking a more or less direct train (only one change, in Salzburg), and having a grand time watching the Alps roll by. When I arrived in Zurich’s train station, I immediately heard someone yelling my name. That’s pretty exciting regardless of circumstance, […]

24 Hours in Graz

Way, way back on January 6th, I spent about 24 hours in Graz, a city in Steiermark in the southeast of Austria. It was a last minute decision, brought on by an unexpected Monday off (Austria has a LOT of holidays, y’all). Also, brand new for 2014, there’s a direct train from Linz to Graz, […]

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 […]

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. […]

Au Pairing by the Numbers

I found this infographic from Aupairgarden.com fascinating–especially the variation in au pair salaries (or stipends, depending on your perspective) from around the world. Of course, this poster can’t give the whole picture. For example, although the USA appears to pay better than most countries, au pairs in the US are required to work up to 45 […]