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Review of Lingoda: Or, How I Failed to Learn German (again)

In Expat by Carly11 Comments

It was, in hindsight, ambitious to start any project at the beginning of summer. Particularly ambitious considering my track record with learning German (terrible). I was so hopeful, so utterly convinced that this time would be different. Maybe this time, the der, die and das would stick. Maybe this time, I’d be able to conjugate a sentence before the conversation steamed ahead …

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Weekend Getaway Guide to Ljubljana

In Travel, Weekend Getaways by Carly10 Comments

Vladimir Putin was ruining all of our carefully laid plans. Bloody typical. You co-ordinate 3 busy women from across 2 continents to visit a city for just 3 days and the goddamn president of Russia just had to turn up on the one day we had planned to visit Lake Bled. What an arse. Now, we were stood in the …

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Friday Distractions: July 21st, 2016

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What a whirlwind of the week. 2016 just keeps coming with the punches. Have you been taking care of yourself amongst the madness? If not, grab a coffee, (maybe some ice-cream) and dive into this weeks Friday Distractions for a well-deserved time out. The always brilliant team at Vienna Würstlestand created some Viennese emoji’s and they are spot. on. Waiting …

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Vienna’s Summer Oasis

In Vienna by Carly3 Comments

In high summer, Vienna’s buildings and city streets radiate concrete heat. The sun beats relentlessly down on bare foreheads, scorching red burn on unsuspecting pale arms. Without a breath of wind, Vienna can become a furnace. Fear not friends, I’m going to take you on a journey to a cool and calming place. A summer Oasis just outside the city. …

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Friday Distractions: June 24, 2016

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It’s mid-summer, the sun is scheduled to shine for the next two days straight and the weekend is winking at us. You ready for some Friday fun?   We woke up this morning to the verdict of Brexit. I find it hard to believe that the UK will be leaving, and am worried for my EU friends with livelihoods in …

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Friday Distractions: June 17, 2016

In Friday Distractions by Carly6 Comments

This week was a tough one you guys. Shootings in Orlando in the happiest of dancing places, a gay bar, and then a politician gunned down in the UK. Horrific. We’re headed to the Gay Pride Parade in Vienna on Saturday and I’m hoping it will be a chance to share in solidarity and celebrate life and love. This Friday’s …

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Friday Distractions: June 10, 2016

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Your weekly Friday fun distractions are here! Grab a coffee or gin and tonic (no judgements) and ease into the weekend with these. Wanderlust magazine UK has a look at Austria on a plate: 7 foodie experiences. Can confirm the cheese & milk from huts along the Kitzbühler Alpen are the best you will have in your life! Men who marry …

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Book Review: Mother Tongue

In Books, Expat by Carly2 Comments

Language learning is an everyday Everest. As someone who has struggled to pick up a second language despite living in the country where said language is regularly spoken (albeit it in a thousand different dialects!), I am in awe of any person who picks up multiple languages, seemingly on the fly. Christine Gilbert’s travel and language memoir, Mother Tongue, takes this concept …