Vienna’s Design Week is a feast of ideas that reveal the many ways design enhances our lives Given any traveler’s willingness to pay for charm, it’s a wonder how many miserable corners fill our world. “It is difficult to design a space that will not attract people,” quipped the American urbanist William H. Whyte in […]
How Austrians know who they are On November 18, the afternoon temperature suddenly dropped to an icy chill and the first flakes of snow began to fall. By evening in Vienna, there was a light dusting on the cars, and by early morning, a light blanket of white covered the shed roof below the window. […]
Ahhh, Vienna! It’s the city of Gemütlichkeit, semi-precious neutrality, badly and well-kept secrets as well as the go-to location for the odd diplomatic or spy-related kerfuffle. We felt the city should have the last word on its own secrets. Get out ...
Like the trams and trains produced by Siemens, manufacturing is still part of Vienna. Glowing sparks arc through the air as massive cranes transport steel structures while loud booms thunder through the assembly hall. At Siemens’ Mobility Division plant, whole fleets of subway cars are built, giving jobs to 1,300 workers. Special rules apply on […]
Those moments when you realize you’ve become Viennese Being designated “Viennese” is a title that must be earned by anyone who is not a native here – and not easily. I moved to Vienna six years ago from a Midwestern town where everyone greeted each other on the street and someone bagged your groceries for […]
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 been the coldest, by far. Such a ceaseless deep freeze weakens the soul, despite the Gemütlichkeit of...
For many new expats in Vienna, getting used to commerce-free Sundays in Austria can be a challenge. But those those who’ve been here a while come to recognize its upsides. A cup of tea (well, let’s be honest, several cups of tea), a book and a comfortable chair – that to me describes the absolutely […]
Key Reminders from the Federal Voting Assistance Program during Absentee Voting Week ALEXANDRIA, Va. – With less than two months until the General Election on Nov. 8, absentee voters are beginning to receive their State ballots. During Absentee Voting Week – Sept. 26 through Oct. 3 – the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) reminds military and overseas […]
This Wednesday, October 26, Austria celebrates its 61st year of independence and the birth of the Second Republic. Though it’s an official bank holiday, many museums and cultural attractions remain open – indeed, many offer free or reduced admissions and guided tours. If the weather is too nice for a museum visit, remember that most […]