Retrospective

January: Founding of the Aigen Ukulele Players Association. Membership: 2. February:A trip to Venice at the start of Carnival blows my mind. Thank you, Sabine. March: Huh, that’s weird. I have a job in Salzburg. April: Total strangers invite us to Passover in Graz. It is a perfection for which I am still grateful. Thank …
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In Search of Something Real

Authenticity. It’s the buzzword of the enlightened traveler. We seek the genuine experience, something unspoiled by commercialism or prior visitors; we seek the perfect interaction with the culture we’re visiting. Maybe our fantasy is to be adopted by a tribe, to receive some kind of acknowledgment that we’re not just another camera toting white shoe …
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From the Archives: Vanillekipferl

Every winter, my mother in law sets herself to baking vast quantities of Christmas cookies. There are Linzer Augen and Schneehaubenkekse and Nutella Brownies and Butter Cookies and Lebkuchen and Meringues and and and….there is a broad variety and they keep coming. There are a few family favorites, the Schneehaubenkekse and the Vanillekipferl are certainly …
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Rules of Travel

Travel light. Face it, it’s just easier. Be nice. Please and thank you go a long way in any language. Ask locals. They live there. They know where the best pizza is and the friendliest clubs. And when you’re in those places, ask the people who work there where they go. Think positive. Everyone is …
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