From our Readers | June 2017

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(In response to “How to Find Urban Zen”)
Thank you for this open-­minded guide to mindfulness! What a great choice of topic for an article. I really enjoyed it – it speaks to my heart! I’ve been using Headspace for quite a while now. In combination with yoga classes on a regular basis, this definitely “does the job” for me. Botanical garden sounds like a great addition to a well-rounded mindfulness program! I’ll definitely go there. Being out in the green, maybe even alongside a lake or river, has a deeply relaxing effect on us humans… Speaking of river: the Donauinsel is a marvelous place to relax. Grab a bike (if you don’t have one, you could rent a Citybike) and make your way through the beautiful Prater Hauptallee, turn left before you reach the Lusthaus – just follow the signs to “Donausinsel.” Vienna is so lucky to have this huge green space surrounded by water. Did you know that the Donauinsel has been created in order to protect Vienna from flooding? Well, it definitely has very nice side effects!

Julia Schmitz, Vienna


I first came across Metropole magazine this past March, when I was searching for exactly that which Metropole is – Vienna in English. My German is sufficient to read Austrian periodicals and publications (but often with the help of a dictionary) and so I was searching for something in English for a change, so that my Saturday afternoon would not turn into a German study session. And so I found Metropole. It seemed to be a sign, because that issues was about (dream) jobs and I was browsing the newsstand, looking for work opportunities in Vienna. I was introduced to Vienna in the English language when I was 10 years old; my family had moved to Vienna in the year 2000 because of my father’s work for the UN and I began attending the Vienna International School, where I spent five years. I finished high school back in Slovakia (where I was born), completing the International Baccalaureate Diploma program in Bratislava and going on to study History of Art at Goldsmiths College in London. So I’m glad to be able to call Vienna home again and thank you for the inspiration to keep me going on my job search.

Natalia Tothova


You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.

Dr. Seuss
American children’s author (1904–1991)

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