Tag: Austria

Austria: A Life Lived in the Quiet Times Between Seasons

Austria: A Life Lived in the Quiet Times Between Seasons
I have a special fondness for Austria, although I have only been there once, a very long time ago. A lifetime ago. It was Christmastime. What I remember is the frigid, fresh air. The bright red trolleys that ringed Vienna. The decadence of my first Sachertorte. Arriving in Salzburg, I was engulfed by the heady... Read more »

On the 15th Anniversary of 9/11, The World Remembers

On the 15th Anniversary of 9/11, The World Remembers
This year’s incoming high school freshman were born a year after 9/11. Their knowledge of our country’s tragedy will come from textbooks and lectures. But I will never forget how that day smelled, felt, and sounded. Fifteen years ago, on September 11, 2001, I was driving to a dentist’s appointment. Windows down, radio blaring. A... Read more »

Life in a Quiet, Mountainous Village in the North of Italy

Life in a Quiet, Mountainous Village in the North of Italy
Last week, in the center of Italy, an earthquake devastated the village of Amatrice. Known for its famous pasta dish, spaghetti all’ amatriciana, Amatrice is still experiencing strong aftershocks. Reports say half the town is gone and the death toll is nearing 300, leading residents to call Amatrice a city without a future.  Yet the... Read more »
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Slovakia: On the Banks of the Danube River

Slovakia: On the Banks of the Danube River
Ella, an Icelandic friend my husband met by playing an online word game (http://www.itsyourturn.com), connected me with today’s post, Denisa. Denisa lives in Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. On Wikipedia, it says Bratislava lies on both banks of the Danube River and is the only national capital that borders two independent countries, Austria and Hungary.... Read more »