Expat Reality Check

In All, Expat, Handy Links by Carly2 Comments

I had a moment just now where I realised the things I’m taking as a given are quite strange if looked at objectively. I spent the last hour doing online Pilates classes from youtube with snow falling outside my window at the start of December. Living in an apartment that I couldn’t have imagined even if I tried to a …

Real Life

In All, Expat by Carly0 Comments

With my impending trip home I’m anticipating the many many conversations about ‘what I’ve been up to’. Given the impossibility of describing two years of travel, growth, adventure, terror and joy i’m thinking in snazzy screen-grab terms. Summing everything up in a few short sentances. Because, on paper, my life sounds amazing (don’t get me wrong I know it is). …

Mo’ Money Mo’ Problems

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This came up in my Facebook feed this morning and provided my question of the day – What would I be doing RIGHT NOW if money were no object? – Learning German at the best school in Vienna, possibly Berlitz – Studying here http://www.modul.ac.at/ for a MsC in International Tourism Management – Decking myself out in some sweet-arse ski gear …

Christmas is coming!!

In All, Expat, Vienna by Carly0 Comments

Technically its only November, which means that any excitement about the impending holidays need to be kept at a minimum – but really, there’s Christmas markets already!! And decorations!! And everything is looking sparkly!! Being on this side of the world for the leadup to Christmas is a bit like being taken to the authentic version of a Christmas Wonderland …

Procrastination, Social Media & long days….

In All, Expat by Carly0 Comments

I am spending an inordinate amount of time on the internet. More than I ever have. I can justify a lot of it – English language newspapers and news sources can suck up my morning if I follow the rabbit warren of links that I get from Twitter, Zite and good ole Facey. This is, somehow in my brain ‘justifiable’ …

Visa visa visa….

In Austria, Expat, Visa by Carly0 Comments

Eight months ago I was kicked out of Europe. Told in no uncertain terms that I had to leave and my continued presence in Austria was illegal. This was all told in Deutsch so the only things I took away from an intimidating meeting in a 1970’s era building was the words ‘nein’ ‘no’ and ‘illegal’. There is nothing worse …

Tradition & Family

In All, Reigonal Austria, Vienna by Carly3 Comments

Huge massive exhausting beautiful long weekend in Tyrol. One of my favourite things about being here is the amount of cultural traditions and customs that you just don’t get in Australia. I’m pretty defensive when people say that there is no culture in Australia, and find it pretty reductive to dismiss our traditions (I could dedicate a whole other post …

Comfort

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Comfort is a funny thing. I can pretty confidently say I’m starting to get comfortable in Vienna. With the people, the ways to get around, the feel of the city itself is really growing on me. I love our little stretch of shops, the familiarity of walking past the same chemist where i’m recognised as “Australian girl” and looked after, …

Winter Fashion

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Winter is here. I know, I know i’ve been saying that for weeks but NOW I have evidence of snow and legitimate weather reports to back me up!! We were in Innsbruck for the first snowfall in Tyrol this weekend – so gorgeous, so exciting. Its here, its happening and I am completely unprepared. Essentially, i’m not trained for a …

Communication is key….

In All, Expat by Carly0 Comments

There is nothing more frustrating than being unable to express yourself. At least, for someone like me there’s not. I’m a talker, a social creature, slightly performative (some would say a little more than slightly) and enjoy the banter of conversation with people of similiar interests, sense of humour and intelligence. In short, I love a dinner with friends, I …