Category Archives: Life Abroad

A Idea of Mine

I have a confession to make. Beyond all the other things I am doing right now – singing, translating, assisting in a bookselling business – I have a project in mind for the future. I want to put together a … Continue reading

Posted in archaeology, culture, Germany, history, Italy, Life Abroad, literature, memory, travel | 5 Comments

A Love Story Told In Books

There may be eight million stories in the naked city; there are at least that many in the antiquarian business, especially if your business involves buying up collections from private estate sales. Through the transactions, through remarks, through the books … Continue reading

Posted in assimilation, Germany, Life Abroad, lives of others, science | 1 Comment

Rooftop Blogging: Final Edition

When I began the blog nearly 8 years ago, I wanted to do some kind of photoblogging that could be done on a regular, perhaps weekly basis with ease. A lot of people were doing “Saturday cat blogging”, which I … Continue reading

Posted in Austria, current events, history, Innsbruck, Life Abroad, memory | 7 Comments

Forgotten Innsbruck: The Irrwurzel

Fellow-blogger Paschberg has posted the following 1966 article from Innsbruck’s local newspaper, about a mysterious root found in certain places  which, should you step on it, will send you wandering through the mountains, completely disoriented. Here is an English translation … Continue reading

Posted in Austria, environment, Innsbruck, Life Abroad, Mountains, nature, Uncategorized

Singer Lore: Help For Swollen Vocal Cords

Inching my way out of this bad cold flu bronchitis, I turned to facebook to ask my professional singer friends for their personal last-ditch remedies when a gig is getting near and the vocal folds are still swollen (and therefor … Continue reading

Posted in Austria, Germany, health, Italy, Life Abroad, singing | 2 Comments

Another Way To Say “One Way Only”

Continuing with our observation of badly-named vehicles… I swear, is anyone giving serious thought to these names?

Posted in Frivolity, language, Life Abroad, travel

A Grave of an Amerikanerin

Hier ruht Marie Zöhrlaut aus Milwaukee, Amerika *20. Nov. 1831 †20.Apr. 1893 (Just in case you need to find out what happened to your great-great-great Aunt Marie, who left the country and was never heard from again…)

Posted in America, assimilation, Austria, Innsbruck, Life Abroad, lives of others, travel | 2 Comments

Better Living Through Marketing

Because nothing says “Not making it home alive” like naming your new camper model “Laika”.

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Maybe We Can Translate It As “Kakastrophe”

One sees/hears a lot of English words which have been absorbed into the German language. Sometimes, like HD vs Blue Ray, you’ll hear competing German and English terms for certain things (“Computer” seems to have won out over “Rechner”, for … Continue reading

Posted in Austria, current events, Life Abroad, media

>Overheard At A Bus Stop

>American tourist, to bus driver: “Can you tell us how to get to the Imperial Gardens?” Austrian bus driver: “Wos?” American tourist: “The Imperial Gardens?” Austrian bus driver: pauses a second, shrugs, “Nah.” American tourist: “OK thank you.” Dear  U.S. … Continue reading

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