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Moving Musings

Dear Diary, After two years in student housing in central Vienna and a rather loud construction site in front of my window, I decided to move back home to our family home in Linz. As I don’t own a car, it meant taking all my belongings by train. This alone would have been hard enough. […]

Cherries and Childhood

Dear Diary, Yesterday was sunny, outside the walls of my personal dimension and inside as well. As I walked into the university, I was preoccupied with a blend of relief, anxiety and satisfaction from having reached the place in which I would invest my energy for the coming years. Yes, it was warm and sunny […]

Too European to Let Fail

Among investment bankers, there is renewed speculation about the possibility of a country leaving European Monetary Union – or being pushed out. Rating agencies have downgraded Portugal, Greece, and Spain, owing to their poor prospects for economic growth and weak public finances. Ireland has been assigned a negative outlook and could soon suffer a downgrade […]

Lost in Temptation

Elections are any journalist’s temptation: To predict the outcome, the most likely or the most desired, at least according to their own view. Their predictions are based on surveys, which work on the assumption that the queried public has an honest streak. Once the election results are in and the journalists again way off the […]

Alois Mock at 75

It was in June 1990 when the first post-Communist Hungarian Prime Minster József Antall (1932 – 1993) invited Alois Mock, Austria’s Foreign Minister and President of the European Democrat Union (EDU) for talks at the gilded, neo-gothic 19th century parliament building located at the banks of the Danube River in Budapest. After exchanging formalities, Antall […]

Public Diplomacy

When U.S. President Obama told the world in his January that the United States of America “seeks a new way forward – based on mutual interest and mutual respect,” he opened a door many had thought closed for good – allowing for humility, openness and shared purpose abroad. It wasn’t all that long ago, when […]

Unpaved Road Ahead

Unpaved Road Ahead

“Oh Lord, won’t you buy me… sustainability.” Such might have been the opening lyrics of Janis Joplin’s Mercedes Benz, had she seen what the automotive industry is up against today. Following a torrid summer of plummeting sales, manufacturers are singing a very different tune. Hundreds of the industry’s top engineers came to Vienna in early […]

CouchSurfing: The World, For Free

CouchSurfing: The World, For Free

Got the travel bug, but no dough? Smitten with wanderlust without the wherewithal? Consider CouchSurfing, a remarkable recent development in Bargain Bohemianism: a chance to avoid all those high-cost resorts or hostel nightmares and stay with the locals, where you get a bed, a few insider tips, a little culture mapping and a bit of […]

Maître de Vincent

Maître de Vincent

Looking for a different aesthetic, my literary dining companion Dorothy Parker and I followed a tip and headed for Restaurant Vincent at Große Pfarrgasse 7 in Vienna’s 2nd District. Once a 70’s hangout for student philosophers (in vino veritas, etc), the place has since been transformed into a decidedly up-market venue for fine food in […]

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