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Monday, April 23, 2018
be a spy
Are you cut out for 00 status? Improve your combat skills, polish your manners, and become wine, poker and dance floor savvy. It could just save your lifeIn America, spies in trench coats are usually bugging your office and listening in on your phone calls. In Britain, her majesty’s secret servants are busy codebreaking between rounds of cricket.In Vienna,...
Being an expat in Vienna doesn't necessarily mean turning your back on all things homeOften, 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 yourself. Gradually, you realize that...
Be a diplomat
The ultimate dream jobs in public service take patience, persistence and good language skills. If you’re lucky, you even get to save the worldAdditional reporting by Jennifer Cornick Forget the glamor and intrigue of Hollywood diplomats. For most, the Foreign Service means navigating the perils of protocol amid marathon meetings and mountains of mind-numbing reports. And very occasionally, the haphazard...
urban zen
Finding ways to take it easy in the city bustle can give you new strength in health and spiritIt’s Monday; you wake up to a leak in your kitchen and a panicked email from your boss. Your heart rate escalates, your mind clouds over… and it’s only 7:30 AM. The melee of modern life rarely slows long enough for you...
How to... Fund your startup
Navigating your startup safely through Austria’s bureaucracy is tricky. Fortunately, a multitude of subsidies can give you a strong tailwindBureaucracy is a high art in Austria. Imported, no doubt, with the “red tape” that bound court documents in 16th-century Habsburg Spain, and centralized in the 18th under Maria Theresia to hold her far-flung empire together, Austria has long been...
stop domestic violence
When love goes bad, many cases of violence go unreported. Here is how Vienna offers support for victims and familiesThink of five women you know. Chances are one has experienced physical violence and two have been psychologically abused in a relationship.In a 2014 EU study, interviews with 42,000 women confirmed that 1 in 3 women in Austria are psychologically...
preparing for death
Most of us don’t like to think about the end of our days. But getting our affairs in order in time can be a huge relief for all partiesWriting a last will and testament can seem like something out of a movie –  where dramatic twists of fate might force a protagonist to reconsider her heirs, or documents mysteriously...
Fear of Big-Data snoops sifting through your chat history, photo streams, and following your private trips across town?Greta Garbo understood about privacy: She didn't want to "be" alone, as the Hollywood myth-makers would have it. “I want to be left alone," she insisted – a  request that is becoming harder and harder to satisfy in these days of data-hungry apps.Thankfully, there...
antiques
Vienna is teeming with ancient goodies and there are plenty of experts to help distinguish the Wedgwood from the deadwood In a shop called Dead People’s Stuff, I reveled in rummaging through the old costume jewelry, clocks and knick-knacks that vied for space with end tables and old sofas. It was the closest thing to an antiques store in the...
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