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A few days ago I stumbled upon the following BBC article about how Viennese people love to grumble about their city.  The author’s perspective is interesting because she is not the first to tell me this – even my boss’ mother described Austrians as a people who love to grumble about their country even though […]

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Vienna is a city of contradictions – of old buildings sitting side-by-side with the ultra-modern; of young artsy creative people who all look the same; and of a winter town who does summer right! The first thing you notice upon your arrival in Vienna is its architectural beauty.  Enormous Viennese castles with golden icing painted […]

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I am sitting in “my room” in my boss’ castle in Gusterheim, Austria. Never though I would say that sentence! But it isn’t as glamorous as it looks, at least not for me. The castle is cold. It creaks everywhere. The furniture is old, dirty, musty. There is no shower. And it’s not a very […]

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The five course “crumble” meal that Jo served me upon my arrival in Paris. First 3 courses ony pictured. Cauliflower soup, with a bread crumble To cleanse the palate: plain yogurt, cucumber, and granola crumble The main event: leek and onion in beschamel sauce topped with a savory and nutty crumble The following 3 shots […]

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