April 2016

Innocents Abroad: International Families and 3rd Culture Kids

Italian director Luca Guadagnino’s thriller has sex, murder and rock n’ roll in the Sicilian sun This loose remake of the French classic La Piscine (1969) features Tilda Swinton as Marianne, a rock star recovering from vocal cord surgery on a remote Italian island with her younger boyfriend Paul (Matthias Schoenaerts). Their days are soon […]
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Nigel Kennedy pays tribute to the king of electric guitar with his Jimi Hendrix Project Lime green sneakers, a messy, greying punk haircut, baggy black pants: Nigel Kennedy stomps around the stage shredding through the solos of “Purple Haze” on his electric violin. Jimi Hendrix doubtlessly would have approved. Hearing the king “made me want […]
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In Graz, Austria’s second city, a charming old town with lively Mediterranean flair, and the biggest farmer’s market in all of Europe Regarded for ages as the modest cousin of the great Habsburg capital, Graz, despite its charm, was used to keeping a low profile. Thrown into the spotlight in 2003 as European Capital of […]
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When I first strolled under the lush canopies of the Vienna Woods, described in the pages of Elfriede Jelinek’s The Piano Teacher, I never imagined I would one day be living there. But now, 15 years later, here I am, taking daily walks around Pötzleinsdorf, a charming hamlet on the residential edge of the Wienerwald […]
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Two Pints of Theatre & a Packet of Crisps: English Mondays promise a provocative brew of cutting edge theatre English is made for the stage. It’s a language Stephen Fry calls “ proudly barbaric, deeply civilized, a mongrel mouthful of Shakespearean and Ghetto discourse, a shameless whore.” And for expats in Vienna, there is never […]
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The new downtown hotspot Kitch serves up pimped Neapolitan with industrial chic The neon signage and bare-brick interior don’t scream pizzeria. There is genuinely little to suggest the main fare at Kitch until you venture past the large natural wood standing table to the back where, next to the round white pizza oven, you’ll find […]
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This April: the Vienna City Marathon, eating outdoors, the presidential election and May Day   Marathon Time The largest sports event in the country, the 33rd  Vienna City Marathon will lead 42,000 runners over the traditional 42.195 kilometers past the city’s iconic sights. Both amateurs and seasoned professionals like Levy Omari will participate in the […]
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Third-culture kids
For third-culture kids, international schools around the world become an important but temporary extended family You can hear them on the subway, a gaggle of teenagers from all backgrounds, speaking in an English that defies description, in an untraceable accent peppered with local and foreign words. A stranger, baffled by the diverse group, might ask […]
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Being an expat in Vienna doesn’t necessarily mean turning your back on all things home Often, it isn’t until you live outside your native land that you begin to see its culture. Things you assumed were universal turn out to be idiosyncrasies; what to you is normal, others find strange. Confronted by difference, you see […]
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