Expat Insights


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foreign (adjective): of, from, in, or characteristic of a country or language other than one’s own / strange and unfamiliar. Moving into and living in a foreign country can be a lot to handle, both emotionally and physically. Perhaps you live thousands of miles away from your family and miss them, […]

How to Stay Strong Living Abroad


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This post is for fun and to simply share cultural differences/ways of living I noticed when I first came to Vienna, comparing it to what I have been used to in the US in an educational way.  Maybe you will learn something new and realize something about yourself or your culture. Enjoy this post! […]

10 Cultural Differences – USA & Europe Part I



Travel Podcast
I got the opportunity to chat with Mark from Discovery Map, the largest tourist map company in the US.  They print approximately 25 million maps annually in about 125 locations across the country, and have recently launched a Discovery Map travel podcast, where every week they provide a travel-themed podcast […]

Travel Podcast: Vienna For Visitors


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I was contacted by the the Austrian newspaper Wiener Zeitung, the world’s oldest running newspaper, founded in 1703.  They wanted to interview me about my experiences as an American living in Austria.  I jumped on the opportunity immediately because honestly, when will something like this come up again?   On […]

Everything is Much More Relaxed Here



A wonderful gift to highlight your life in Europe is a photo book from Snapfish UK. I got to enjoy a good cup of coffee at Le Backo last weekend with my husband, talking about life and looking at photos of my first year in Vienna. 7
I was invited by Veronika of IES Vienna to talk to her American students about my experience living abroad in Vienna, Austria. Her students are on an exchange program and have the opportunity to work part-time in Vienna while taking college classes. When she e-mailed me to talk to her students, […]

Living Abroad in Vienna, Austria


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I have been living in Vienna for 11 months and when I see children, as young as 7, walk around by themselves on the streets, it makes me feel a little uneasy. Perhaps because the way I grew up in the US, in elementary school we were taught that when […]

Children Walk the Streets Alone



American in Vienna INSTAGRAM PHOTOS
I hit the 1k on Instagram. I never thought that I would have so many people interested in my photos and I am grateful for each one who have clicked that ”Follow” button on my profile page. I first started using Instagram back in 2012 when I was in Prague. During […]

1k Instagram Followers


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One day I was on the U-bahn (metro/subway/underground train) when two Americans came in and sat down near me.  How did I know they were American? Besides the typical accent, they were also talking quite loud with each other, and this is funny to mention because I have noticed that […]

A Story about Two Americans and a Business Card