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Dear Diary, I woke up and stretched for my mobile phone – mainly out of habit – miffed at the silence: Where was the jarring, nerve-wrenching sound of my alarm that jangled me back to life each morning? I forced my eyes open, in a dawning state of panic, unable to find the phone anywhere. […]

No English

Dear Diary, During my first weeks in Vienna, I felt completely cut off from the world. The first problem was no Internet: I was used to chatting with my friends and family. So one of the first things I did was call UPC Telekabel to put in my connection. After waiting more than two weeks, […]

Vienna Love Story

Dear Diary, The city and I share what I like to think of as a classic love-hate relationship. For the past twenty-some years we have had our ups and downs, shared moments of joy, love, passion – moments of frustration, anger and insanity. An endless spectrum of emotions and perceptions has paradoxically resulted in what […]

Letters to the Editor: October 2008

To the Editor, I hope you don’t mind me sharing the good news:  I flew Niki this morning from Frankfurt to Vienna and when entering the plane I noticed several, many (!) people reading The Vienna Review. They were concentrated and reading with interest, which is no wonder, the quality of The Vienna Review is […]

Mandela At Ninety

On 11 February 1990, Nelson Mandela, icon of resistance to the South-African apartheid regime and later  Nobel Peace laureate, was released from prison after 27 years. This was a truly moving moment for African blacks, so afflicted for so long, and a signal for a new era of peaceful opposition to suppression and war – […]

Budgetary Giveaway

In the Columbus Shopping Center in Favoritenstrasse on Saturday, Sept. 27, the late weekend shoppers were hurrying to get their groceries or a quick cup of coffee as a crowd of several dozen people, gathered around a small podium by the escalator. There were two presenters on stage, right in front of a wooden cow. […]

Immigration Taboo

In this year’s Austrian election, it was what they were not talking about that mattered, the hush-hush issue that will decide the country’s future: Immigration. Not those troublesome asylum seekers, whose precarious situation is unraveling as spiraling living costs throw more of them onto the street – and onto the doorstep of the long-suffering Ute […]

Southern Alliance

Looking back on the recent launch of the Union for the Mediterranean in Paris last, it is important to consider the potential of this partnership.  As a bridge between cultures, the Mediterranean region has historically been pulled by contending interests. Its geopolitical role—not to mention its economic and cultural influence—cannot be ignored. For the Alliance […]

L’Uni Tunes

Earlier this month, I made the mistake of trying to enroll in the University of Vienna. After queuing for half a day and getting nowhere, I realized my time would be better spent applying for graduate school at Webster – a straight forward process of filling out the form, writing an application essay, and finding […]

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