Tag Archives: history

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 […]

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 […]

Book Review–The Habsburgs: Embodying Empire

So, lately I’ve been reading a lot of books about Austria, and there has been a certain amount of trial and error involved. I am not at the point where I can read history books in German (I’m only kind of at the point where I can read fairy tales in German, which will be […]

Atlas Talk

This morning, my mother and I spent a long time looking at Austria and the surrounding countries in a National Geographic atlas from 1981. It was either an exercise in futility or an interesting lesson in recent European history… “Oh look, I’ll be right near the border with West Germany!”


This is the last my the series of introductory question posts, and it is the most complicated. Why German? Why au pairing? Why Austria? Actually, most people don’t ask me these questions when they find out that I am moving abroad for a year. At least, most Americans don’t. The questions, in my experience so […]