Some of my friends and family members back home have asked me, “Hans, what’s it like living in Austria?” I always emphasized the initial disappointment that one experiences when he or she realizes the importance of geography lessons in grade school and that this Austria doesn’t come with beaches or shrimps on the barbie; … More Nine Tips to Know Before Moving to and Living in Austria
Back in the summer of 2013, my host-father Bernd had told me that the trends that take place in the United States make their way to Germany twenty years later. The topic at hand at the time was regarding the NSA scandal, and he had wistfully puffed on his smoldering cigarette as he scratched away … More Coming to an Europe near You
Step One: Move back home Your “room” is now the two-feet radius circling the futon on the living room floor. Step Two: Get a job Your dream job should consist of an employer who wants to hire you. Step three: Get a bicycle Get a road bike. It doesn’t … More Four Easy Steps to Paying Off Your Student Loans
“So what are some of the advantages of television?” “It’s usually free. Well, except some channels… like Sky, of course.” “And group two, what’s your business model to help turn around our floundering pet food company?” “As we all know, Hans, 90% of the Internet is made up of porn…” “Did everyone have … More Speech Bubbles, Pt. II
Considering that this was the last Monday before Christmas break, I had thought to myself, the day had been a rather ordinary one. Snow fell in spurts and drifted through the town, and my lesson on stereotypes had begun with me asking if anyone in the class knew of stereotypes and had ended with … More Eggnog
I woke up Wednesday morning with a cold and texted my teachers at the HLW that I wouldn’t be able to make it to their classes. I found this note taped outside of my dormitory today. I felt better already.
I stayed with my friend Angie for Christmas break. Angie lived and worked in Vienna, and her couch came with the added benefit of extra blankets, fluffy pillows, and a kitchen fridge that could secretly be raided late at night. However, the couch also came with the drawback of an unspoken agreement that I … More Bacon in a Box
Istanbul, Turkey – Richard Kopf, an American tourist staying in Istanbul for the weekend, was spotted at the Sultanahmmet Square on Saturday distraught and on the verge of tears after locals failed to live up to his expectations and accomodate him every step of the way. “It’s been a really tough trip, it really … More Traveling American Distraught after Locals Fail to Live Up to His Expectations