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A Delicious Guide for Coffee & Cake in Vienna


Before you go to Vienna, you should be forewarned, there will be A LOT of coffee and cake breaks as this tradition is and has been a large part of Viennese culture dating as far back as 1683. This tradition is so ingrained into the culture that UNESCO has declared it as an “Intangible Cultural Heritage” since 2011. And seeing as it was my birthday, what better way to eat my cake! Continue reading

Germany: The Good, The Bad & The Awesome! - California Globetrotter


Germany: The Good, The Bad & The Awesome!


After living in Germany now for almost four years, there are many things that I have learned or even adapted into my expat life. These adaptations make living in Germany much easier as now I look and sound like I belong here rather than just some American tourist. Continue reading

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Things I Miss After Living in Germany For So Long


While it is an amazing, once in a lifetime experience to get the chance to live abroad in a country other than America, there are aspects from home I will always miss. At the time, living in the States, you take it for granted and don’t appreciate it quite as much at 2am as you should. Now that I have lived in Germany for almost 3 years, I realize now, just how much I miss many things in the States.

1. No-Smoking Sections

Nothing gets under my skin more than sitting down at a beer garden or a café outside to enjoy the sunshine than a smoker plopping down next to me and lighting up a cigarette and even worse, a cigar. Thankfully, smoking in doors in Germany is prohibited, however, that luxury does not extend to outdoor seating.2000px-No_smoking_sign_svg

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Faschingzeit ist Krapfenzeit - California Globetrotter


Faschingzeit ist Krapfenzeit!

IMG_3968Carnival or “Fasching” (or what we call Mardi Gras in New Orleans) begins on November 11th at 11:11am and finishes at midnight on Shrove Tuesday (or Faschingsdienstag) before Ash Wednesday which is celebrated with parties and parades. This is known as the “fifth season in Germany” (only for Bavaria Starkbierzeit coincides with this). Fasching in Germany is what Halloween is for Americans.

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