Category: Expat Journal

Celebrating One Year of Blogging

Happy one year anniversary Hello and Hallo Blog! Exactly one year ago today, I started this blogging adventure. Truthfully, it has been an awesome experience and I have learned a lot along the way. Hello and Hallo was born of my desire to help other expats making the move to my corner of the world. […]

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Expat Inspiration Vol. II

Expat Inspiration is a monthly feature on the blog that rounds up the best expat inspiration and wellness tips from the web. Published the first Sunday of every month.  Is it just me, or did April fly by? I better get outside to make the most of the Spring before Summer arrives. This month’s Expat Inspiration is […]

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Learning German in Austria

I have been on a quest to learn German since moving to Austria. When I initially moved here, I had this idea that by living in a German speaking country, I would gradually pick up the language through immersion. What I did not account for was how regional German can be. I had no idea that there […]

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International Krapfen Party and a Recipe for American Donut Holes

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of stuffing my face with Krapfen while meeting new International folks at the Villach in English International Krapfen Party. Villach in English is an awesome community in Villach for native English speakers and lovers of the English language to come together. The International Krapfen Party was hosted by La Mattina Kaffeerösterei in […]

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Celebrating One Year in Austria

I made it! I have officially been an expat living in Austria for one year. I feel like I should throw myself a party for making it through this year, but for now, I will just have a mini blog post party – woot woo! yay! dance party! – glad I got that out of […]

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Around Here

And like that, I am back in Austria. I ended up taking a very long, but much needed break from the Internet to spend quality time with family and friends. So hello and hallo 2017, nice to see you! For this edition of Around Here, I thought I would share a funny story that happened […]

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Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving from Austria! We hosted a Friendsgiving with some of our international friends last weekend since everyone has to work on Thursday. This is my first international Thanksgiving, and it was a wonderful treat to be able to start a new Thanksgiving tradition by sharing the meal with our friends in Villach. My husband and […]

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Around here

The first snow of the season arrived last week and instantly everything feels like Christmas time. Since Austria does not celebrate Halloween or Thanksgiving it is straight onto Christmas here. The city center is preparing for the upcoming Advent Market and the chestnut man has reopened his stall next to the old church. Around here: […]

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Autumn in Austria 

Autumn in Austria is beautiful – mountains with snow-covered peaks, forests with vibrant red leaves, and the smell of firewood in the air. This is my first Autumn in Austria and I am smitten. Our city center is slowly transitioning to the cold as the gelato shops close and the roasted chestnut stall reopens. This […]

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Expat Wellness: Rethinking the Outcomes of Hard Work 

Welcome to “Expat Wellness” a new series on the blog where I discuss tools, tips, and strategies for integrating wellness and mindfulness into the unpredictable world of being an expat. I have now been an expat for 8 months – 8 months filled with low-lows (crying on an air mattress and living out of a […]

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