Monthly Archives: March 2011

La Victoire!

This week has been nothing short of remarkable for me. Let’s do a recount: For one, the weather has been beyond amazing. I had forgotten a) what the sun looked like and b) what double digit temperatures felt like (except … Continue reading

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In Soviet Russia, Police Rob You!

People have often said the events of my life could be in a tv show, unfortunately, it’s often a “soap opera” or “greek tragedy.” And some days, I’m definitely inclined to agree: I had offered a new friend to take … Continue reading

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A Melting Pot’s Pilgrimage

I’m what you would call a Heinz 57. When people ask me where I’m from, I ask them how much time they have. Often times, I pull out whichever nationality suits me best in the given scenario. When I’m travelling, … Continue reading

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BalLin Does Oxford Part II: You’re Welcome, Primark

70 Euros. That’s how much my return flight to Vienna cost me. As I watched the fog roll over the lush green hills along the M40 from Oxfordshire to London listening to The National’s “England“, I wrestled if I should … Continue reading

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BalLin Does Oxford Part I: Planes, Trains, and Immigration Woes

A short delve into my history shows I am, in fact, Austrian on my mother’s side. Yet, when it comes to nature versus nurture, I will always say, “Entschuldigung!” (Sorry/Excuse me!), whereas the Austrian with whom I collided with will … Continue reading

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Foreign Film Dub

I will never get used to the idea that you are allowed to openly carry and drink alcohol in public in Vienna (I stared in shock at a man drinking a tall boy in line for a bus ticket just … Continue reading

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A Dire Prognosis

I’m warning you now, this will be the lamest blog ever written. It seems that since I arrived in the petri dish that is an international dorm, I have picked up every foreign disease this side of malaria. Currently, I … Continue reading

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