A popular T-shirt in Vienna declares "There are No Kangaroos in
Austria!" The apparent confusion regarding the difference
between Austria and Australia brings sighs of exasperation amongst
many Americans living in Vienna who have had their U.S. mail arrive
after a detour to Down Under.
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|: United Nations Women's Guild (UNWG)|
The United Nations Women’s Guild was founded in 1967 as a
voluntary organization of women connected with the United Nations.
The purpose of the Guild is to foster friendship, to encourage
appreciation of each other’s traditions and customs, and to
financially support charity projects benefiting children of the world
with emphasis on developing countries.
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|: From Mauthausen to the Moon|
By Armand A. Lakner
This extraordinary thrilling and captivating story is a fictionalized
account of real life experience and actual historical events that
occurred before, during, and after WWII. The principal character,
Alfred Hammer, becomes the chief scientist for NASA’s Apollo
Lunar Landing Mission after he has endured incredible torture as a
slave laborer in Mauthausen, a savage Nazi extermination camp.
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|: ESL Games - The Benefits of Games in Your ESL Lesson Plans|
Teachers have turned to games now-a-days in order to try to
supplement their ESL classroom lesson plans. Their reason for doing
so is to add to the lesson in such a way as to benefit the students
more. The benefits are a more co-operative group dynamics and it has
been shown that the students actually retain the new material longer
and with better comprehension.
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|: Gustav Mahler and Vienna|
Gustav Mahler (1860-1911) is celebrated as a fin de siècle
genius and one of the great pioneers of 20th century music. The
composer's 150th birthday celebrations is taking place in 2010,
followed by the 100th anniversary of his death a year later. Mahler
headed the Vienna State Opera for 10 years.
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|: Democrats Abroad Austria|
Democrats Abroad Austria represents US citizens living in Austria
looking to drive political change by voting Democratic. While most of
our members are in Vienna, chapters are forming in other major
Austrian cities and we have seen our numbers triple in the last year.
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Author: Hanne Egghardt
Vienna and Death: an eternal love, a special relationship embracing sentimental, melancholic coquettishness and an almost passionate intimacy. As a well-known wine tavern song goes, there'll always be wine, but we won't always be here to enjoy it. Opulent funerals with a large cortege of mourners can still be the source of gushing enthusiasm.
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Engagement is a fairly recent term in business. In the past the talk
was about "attracting, motivating and retaining" expatriate
employees. All three strategies focused primarily on money.
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|: A CULINARY POEM: SUGGESTION FOR A PERFECT VALENTINES DAY DINNER|
For Chef Frank Lima, an instructor with the New York Restaurant School of The Art Institutes, food is poetry and poetry is food. Chef Lima is not only a former White House assistant chef during the Kennedy Administration, but a first runner-up for Poet Laureate of Queens, New York. As Chef Lima explains it, "Poetry and cooking are so similar -- they're both about feeling and aesthetics." The two are so intertwined, in fact, that Chef Lima named his cream of roasted red pepper soup Creme Kukhla Moo ("my doll" in Greek).
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Is being an expat all about attitude, and if so, does this have an
immense influence on expat children and how they perceive their
situation in this new environment? If as adults we have doubts about
settling in a new country, how do you think our children are feeling?
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|: INTANGIBLE GIFTS THAT BRING JOY THIS HOLIDAY SEASON|
As an expert in personal property, my days are filled with visiting
estates, consulting with my clients, and ascertaining what has value
versus what does not. I help Boomer children make sound estate
decisions after mom and dad have passed on. Also, I work closely with
seniors helping them make a plan for their heirlooms, and appraising
the worth of their collectibles.
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|: "I Made it Here, Now What?" - 5 Tips For a Successful Transition Abroad|
Learning to speak the native language of where you will be living is
typically just one of many things on your to-do list when moving
abroad. Becoming an expat can be one of the most rewarding and
enriching experiences of your life, but the journey is one filled
with a vast range of emotions.
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|: Club Expat: A Teenagers Guide To Moving Overseas|
The thing that can shatter the life of a teenager is moving abroad.
Teenagers are in a stage of life in which they start getting settled
in their life. It is the time when bonds are formed in their life and
also last a lifetime. They start taking their first few steps into
the real life outside their friends circle.
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|: THE POINSETTIA (WEIHNACHTSSTERN)|
The Poinsettia is native to Mexico. It has been associated with the
Christmas season because the Mexicans thought the plants were
symbolic of the Star of Bethlehem. The plant was brought to America
over 100 years ago by Dr. Joel Poinsett, our first ambassador to Mexico.
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|: THE 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS CAROL|
The song, "The Twelve Days of Christmas" is an English
Christmas carol, although the music is reputed to be French. rom 1558
until 1829, Roman Catholics in England were not permitted to practice
their faith openly. Someone during that era wrote this carol as a
catechism song for young Catholics.
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|: THE GLUEHWEIN AND PUNCH SEASON|
One thing that makes Vienna's long dark winter warm and hospitable
are the punch stands throughout the city. You will see the Viennese
milling around enjoying a warm drink and the friendly conversation,
so just walk up, get a drink and join in.
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|: A GENTLEMAN AND A SCHOLAR: WUV DIRECTOR DR. ARTHUR HIRSCH|
I met Dr. Hirsh in his office on the third floor right behind the
reception. I was surprised because I had expected his office to be
located on one of the higher levels where admissions is. With the
door open, he can listen into conversations going on at the reception
and I imagined him quite amused by the stories people tell. I had
never actually seen that door open, although I’m told it often is
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|: October 26: Austtrian National Day|
National Day, 26 October (1955) commemorates the State Treaty
restoring national sovereignty and the end of occupation when the
last WWII troops left Austria and the passage of the law on permanent
neutrality. It has become a patriotic "fitness day", as
many people all over Austria take long walks. The Parliament building
and all national museums are open and visits are free to the public.
This is a Bank Holiday and stores are closed.
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Vienna has a long tradition of chandelier making, with countless
offbeat interpretations appearing along the way. These stylish
lighting elements make a dazzling and refined impression thanks to
the way that they refract light.
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|: SPORT AND WELL-BEING IN VIENNA|
By Thomas Rottenberg, writer/editor (Der Standard)
The Vienna Boys' Choir, St. Stephen's Cathedral, culture and the arts
are undoubtedly instrumental to the enjoyment of the Austrian
capital. But the city's superb quality of life, unmatched almost
anywhere else in the world, is actually down to other factors.
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|: 10 TIPS FOR STARTING A WELLNESS PROGRAM TODAY|
By Carrie Myers Smith, Health & Fitness Writer
Losing the battle of the Wiener Schnitzel and Sacher Torte or just
want to get a bit fitter? Come join our Getting
Fit In Austria Team on SparkPeople it's FREE. Lets support each
other both online and in real-time on the way to a healthier, more
fit Lifestyle. It’s never too late to begin your journey in
wellness! Here are 10 steps you can take today to get started.
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Most gays and lesbians love to do sports. That is really no secret to
anyone any more since the huge international success of the Outgames
and the Gay Games. Vienna is home to a few sports clubs and groups,
which provide the opportunity to gays and lesbians to play sports
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|: PARTIES AND CLUBS: THE SOUND OF MUSIC|
Over the past few years, Vienna’s gay party and club scene has
developed at tremendous speed. Today, party organizers provide night
clubbers with a great variety of groundbreaking events to choose from.
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|: Culture Shock - A Personal View|
|Candy writes " |
By Candy Fresacher
“Love conquers all” it is said, but is that really true
when love brings a Californian to Austria? After 30 years in
Vienna, it’s a question I still ask myself, especially in the
grey days of winter when “California Dreamin’” is
whirling around inside my brain and snow is whirling around outside
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|: TYPICALLY VIENNESE – WOKA LAMPS VIENNA|
Woka Lamps Vienna is the exclusive manufacturer of lamps made
according to original designs by Josef Hoffmann, Otto Wagner, Kolo
Moser and Adolf Loos. At the baroque Breuner palace, located in the
city center not far from St. Stephan’s Cathedral, visitors can
marvel at the crystal chandeliers designed by Josef Hoffmann for the
Stoclet Palace in Brussels as well as his elegant lamps from the
sanatorium in Purkersdorf.
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| 10 Important Things to Consider When Deciding on an ESL Job|
ESL teaching jobs are a dime a dozen but there are 3 very important
questions you should be asking yourself before and while you are
performing your search for the perfect ESL job. There are also 7
crucial questions to ask the institution that is considering you (or
that YOU are considering) before or after you have made contact with
them. What you will learn here are those exact questions. Let us read
on and explore these questions and the reasons why I recommend that
you ask them.
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|: HOW TO BE AN ENTERTAINING ESL TEACHER|
| By David
When I started teaching English my students often complained that my
classes were boring. Most beginning teachers get those kind of
complaints. It actually took me about a year and a half, even close
to two years, before I got beyond that stage.
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|: SWEET WINES FOR VALENTINES|
Have you been around the Valentines block and back again bearing the
same, tired box of chocolates and dozen red roses? Fellows, have you
bought so many little trinkets and baubles and dinners out that they
just don’t mean anything anymore? Ladies, have you given him
every conceivable romantic version of golf stuff, cute boxers, silk
ties, and yourself all dolled up?
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|: THE ORIGIN OF VALENTINES DAY|
Every February, in many places around the world, candy, flowers, and
gifts are exchanged between loved ones and friends, all in the name
of St. Valentine. February has long been a month of romanc and Saint
Valentine's Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both
Christian and ancient Roman tradition. So, who was Saint Valentine
and how did he become associated with this ancient rite?
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|: GOING SOLO ON VALENTINES DAY: ADVICE FOR SINGLES|
The stores are decorated in candy hearts, flowers and bears. Every TV
or radio commercial reminds you that it’s time to remember your
sweetheart on this special day for lovers. Your feelings range from
sadness, to revulsion to anger. What’s a single person to do?
The following suggestions are designed to both answer that question
and to help you have a good day after all, while working to make it
your last solo one.
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