Michael Bernstein

American expat Michael Bernstein moved to Vienna in 2001, abandoning his previous career in arts administration. He is now a freelance writer, editor, translator and Internet Marketing consultant. He was a regular contributor to inventures.eu — an E-zine about the Austrian/CEE startup scene — and was Lead Editor for its 2015 Ventures Almanach. Photo: Visual Hub

Expatriate Games

The Austrian Football League has long been a European powerhouse, with little help needed from across the pond.Building a broad fan base for a non...

The Draft Dodgers

An expat muses on the virtues of fresh air.Before moving to Vienna in July 2001, I spent my final weeks in New York suffering through the witherin...

A League of Their Own | Baseball in Vienna

Vienna’s baseball teams aim for the bleachersIf you happen to be near the Lusthaus, at the southern end of the Prater Hauptallee on a sunny Satu...

How to…Celebrate Thanksgiving in Vienna

Just because you're a long way from home doesn't mean you can't enjoy Thanksgiving right here in ViennaFor many Americans, Thanksgiving is their...

How to be Pregnant in Vienna

Your guide to being pregnant in Vienna, Austria – a great place to have a baby, but make sure you have your “MuKi”Having a child is one of lif...

When the Danube Freezes Over… Skate on it!

Ice on the Alte Donau is a rare occurrence, bringing equally rare smiles to Vienna winters In all my 15 years of living in Vienna, this winter has be...

Valentine’s Day in Vienna

Publish a post of tips for celebrating Valentine's Day in Vienna? It seemed like  a great idea at first. Having no particular personal fondness for ...

The Oracles of Big Data

Data science is currently among the hottest fields of study and its practitioners are in high demandFor many, the 21st century buzzword “Big Dat...

Whose Luxury is it Anyway?

Two Viennese entrepreneurs with very different paths to success embody the city’s attitude towards luxuryIf someone pointed a gun at my head and...

Austrian Politicians React to U.S. Election

The Austrian daily newspaper Kurier reported yesterday on some reactions from the European political leadership to the news that Donald J. Trump has b...

The Mourning After

Somehow, a rift erupted in the space-time continuum last night. I awoke this morning in a parallel universe in which the world had gone completely mad...

A Bard’s Reign’s a-Gonna Gall

No, I’m not talking about the Republican Party’s candidate for President and his "bragadocious" misogyny.Rather, it was the news that The Swedi...

WIN-WIN-WIN!!! Election History Quiz

Do the slogans and quips from U.S. elections stand up to the test of time? Test your meme-ory!This election has seen its fill of wacky catchphra...

Just (Hold Your Nose And) Do It!

The U.S. presidential election is nigh. Many American citizens living abroad are scrambling to get their absentee ballots and mail them on time. But i...

From Lab Coats to Pinstripes

Academia and business don’t mix? A group of Austrians set out to bridge the gap, and business is booming. Great ideas are born in the laboratories, c...

The Power of the Expat Vote

For American citizens overseas, doing your civic duty is easier than you think: Cast an absentee ballot!The impact of absentee voting was made...

The Cooperative City

Smart cities need smart citizens. A growing movement of initiatives and startups, harnessing social media and using top-notch technology, aims to give...

Oberdöbling | The Noble Nineteenth’s Bourgeois Ghetto

Vienna’s hilly north side may be cozy but not sleepyThe 19th district, Döbling, is one of Vienna’s “noble” districts:  along with Hietzing (13th...

Alte Donau – Boat Rental Locations

In our Summer 2016 print edition, I wrote about the full-moon boat rides on the Old Danube (Alte Donau). But why wait for a full moon? You can make a ...

Britain Votes to Leave EU

Prime Minister David Cameron to Step DownPound Sterling Pounded  Going against the pollsters, the odds makers and the advice of the majo...

Books: Brave New Data-Smart World

E-readers may be an innovative, eco-friendly alternative to pulp. But are publishers now looking over your shoulder while you read?Have you hear...

Right-Wing Protesters Storm Stage at University of Vienna

The Austrian Press Agency reports that a group of about 30 right-wing protesters stormed the stage of the Audimax (a large lecture hall at the Univers...

Seven Myths About Vienna’s Public Transport

The “House Rules” of Vienna’s public transport system (Wiener Linien) are posted throughout every station train car and bus – in English, too. You’v...

On Being Pwned by Robo Wunderkind

As we sat down to work this morning, a loud shout of "Oh My God!!!" lifted all of our yet-to-be over-caffeinated heads simultaneously. "Robo Wunderkin...

Easter Markets in Vienna (2016)

The comedian Robin Williams once asked, “How do you get from crucifixion and resurrection to chocolate bunnies and colored eggs?” We don’t really know...

U.S. Presidential Election: Considering the Unmentionable

After the dramatic results of Super Tuesday, the Republican party establishment is waking up to the fact that its front-runner is a man many of them c...

Until Brexit Do Us Part

What are British expats in Vienna saying about the potential impact of Brexit?These are trying times for the EU: with thousands of refugees stra...

Tasteful Integration

A Syrian chef discovers the right recipe for success in his adoptive country  In January, I was invited by a friend – a fellow American with...

Touchdown Blues

On being an expat NFL fan on Super Bowl Sunday, fighting to stay awake for the  kick-off, and making it to the half-time spectacle.  An Amer...

Hotel Orient | Vienna’s No Tell Hotel

Walking downhill from the Freyung, the elegant Jugend-stil entrance of the Hotel Orient at the bottom of the Tiefer Graben appears out of the shadow...

Yes, Uke Can! Ukulele Meetup in Vienna

The Wiener Ukulele Stammtisch brings amateur ukulele players together every month for an informal strum-and-sing meetupOn a Monday evening, in t...

First Data on Education Level of Refugees Released

Civilians and policy makers are wary about how the influx of refugees who settle in Austria will impact the economy and labor force in the long-run. T...

Zielpunkt Bankruptcy: Missing the Target

The two armed robbers who stuck up a Zielpunkt market in Vienna’s Favoriten district at 6:00 a.m. last Monday probably hadn’t heard the news that the ...