Tag Archives: Vienna

Red Whine

For the past two weeks, my sister and I have been taking over Europe. When she first arrived, I got to play guide as we blitzed through Vienna doing all the obligatory sight seeing and eating. Our next stop was … Continue reading

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‘Twas Savage Craic, T’Be Sure

“Who here likes crack?” These were the first four words of spoken by my tour guide. Curled sleepily (but anxious) in the back seat, I swore I didn’t hear him correctly. I began to wonder just what kind of tour … Continue reading

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I’d Like to Phone a Friend, Regis

I am the world’s most stubborn person when it comes to the doctor. It’s not that I’m scared of doctors or hospitals, I’m not even scared of needles (except when they’re trying to draw blood from my tiny veins, and … Continue reading

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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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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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