Friday, November 14, 2008



I've seen this sort of thing several times and it always surprises me. That empty lot in the foreground used to be a building -- a building that was attached to the building that is still standing. Is this a strange thing, to tear down only part of a building?

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

No schnauzer allowed

no schnauzers

Today's post is dedicated to my favorite schnauzer owners -- you know who you are. :)

It's not uncommon for people to take their dogs practically everywhere with them. It's also not uncommon to see signs posted to tell you that your dog is not allowed in a certain area. However, what is uncommon is to see a sign with such a distinctive looking breed of dog. Most signs look like this:

Monday, November 10, 2008

It's kosher

Hadar kosher shop

Food shopping is a little different here than in the States. I have a large supermarket practically across the street from my apartment and that's where I do most of my shopping. (It's large by Austrian standards, but certainly not something like a super center.) But sometimes I head over to this shop to buy items that you don't typically find in European grocery stores. Items like a normal size jar of peanut butter, pancake syrup, boxes of baking soda, American-style mustard, and vanilla extract. Last week when I was there I also noticed kettle corn and chocolate chips. And the items are exorbitantly priced -- well, no more than food products anywhere else. I don't know why a kosher store carries these products and a regular store doesn't, but I'm glad to know it's available.

Thursday, November 6, 2008



There are so many churches and cathedrals in Vienna. I've walked past this one on Mariahilferstrasse many times, but haven't been inside yet.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Can't wait

fall day

Ah, fall. It's the perfect season. This is the view from our apartment. And yes, there is a guy peeing on the wall. When I spotted him, I knew I needed a photo. I was sure that by the time I went to the other room, found my camera and got back to the window, he would be finished. But he wasn't. Apparently, he really had to go.

Monday, November 3, 2008


at the bus stop

It's nice to ride the bus in the fall. It's not hot and stinky like in the summer and you don't have to stand and wait in the bitter cold like in the winter.