Tag Archives: USA

Thanksgiving in Austria

This is a little late, but here are the pictures from our Thanksgiving celebration! Crosley (the current au pair) and I cooked up a storm of turkey, mashed potatoes, green beans, squash casserole, and pumpkin pie (from a real pumpkin!)    

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 […]

Initial thoughts on Gemütlichkeit

Gemütlichkeit is a German word that just keeps coming up in descriptions of Austria. At first, I thought it was a pretty simple concept. My go-to online dictionary offers meanings like comfort, coziness, congeniality, sociability, snugness, and “an atmosphere of comfort, peace, and acceptance.” This makes sense, and I often see the word in travel guides […]