Catherine M. Hooker

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Catherine M. Hooker is the head of Communications at METROPOLE. She keeps us honest and in line, creates promotion materials and is our connection to our cooperation partners. She holds a MA in International Relations and also contributes photography to METROPOLE. hooker@metropole.at Photo: Visual Hub

How to Keep a Dog in Vienna

Man’s best friend lives the good life in our city. It’s your job to get him trained, vaccinated and properly licensed Gustl, a six-month old golden retriever, tugged at the leash, tempted by the ...
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How to Get an Austrian Driver’s License

Feeling the urge to get out of town and hit the open road? It may be time to take the plunge and get legal. It had been snowing all night. Ski conditions will be perfect, I said cheerily, as we...
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Quiz | Still Don’t Know Which Ball to go to?

Ball season is in full swing, and sometimes the overwhelming number of them makes it hard to choose just one. We've picked 8 that might pique your interest, and this quiz makes all the decisions for y...

Thing #303 I’m grateful for | Bleigiessen

Whether you read horoscopes, have your fortune told, or simply fantasize about the year to come, the thrill of seeing into the future has been inherent to the human experience. Three years ago, I was introduced to the New Year’s prophecy in the form of Bleigiessen (pouring lead). You sit around a candle with a […]
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Buying Old Wines can be Affordable, but Only When you Have Good Advice

The unique qualities of older vintages aren’t apparent, so let an expert’s insight guide you. Old wines hold a certain mystery. With their dusty labels, shelved away in ch...
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Thing #216 I’m Grateful For | Christmas Markets

Today, the vast majority of Vienna’s Weihnachtsmärkte (Christmas Markets) open, heralding a season of open-air merrymaking Good for gift shopping or simply soaking up the yuletide atmosphere, visits ...
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Thing #89 I’m Grateful For | The Hottest Seat on the Old Tram

It’s getting colder, and sometimes, the cold just won’t get out of my feet and hands when I’m walking around the city – no matter what I do. So my gratitude knows no bounds when I get on one of t...
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Thing #198 I’m Grateful For | The Perfectly Timed U-Bahn

Vienna’s public transportation is fantastic. From the annual pass that gets you around town for €1 a day to the frequent intervals, it’s pretty much undisputed that the Wiener Linien (Vienna Transit A...
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Thing #154 I’m Grateful for | Austrian Holidays

Yesterday was Nationalfeiertag (the national holiday), the 62nd anniversary of the second republic, commemorating the day Austria was reestablished by the Allies as an independent, sovereign state aft...