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Five of the best expat blogs in Austria

Staff reporter · 17 Apr 2014, 14:32

Published: 17 Apr 2014 14:32 GMT+02:00

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The Practice Room

Photo: Kristina Cosumano

Kristina Cosumano, the brains behind The Practice Room, is an American expat and singer living in Innsbruck. Her blog covers the cultural and historical influence of Austria – music, local history and art – these topics deriving from the inspiration she finds in “seeing a chimney sweep on a moped” or the “beautiful landscapes in Tirol.”

“I’d say it’s more like the topic chooses me,” Cosumano told The Local. “I think my typical reader is someone with some kind of a connection to Austria.”

Writing only about her favorite subjects leaves her with a more narrow audience than some other blogs may have, but she doesn’t mind. “My small crowd of Wordpress followers seem to especially like posts with photos of mountains, and about art and travel.”

For a thoughtful and artistic look into Old Innsbruck, see Cosumano’s post about the paintings and sketches of the city between 1496 and 1750.

A Mommy Abroad

Photo: Emily

There are plenty of expat families living in Austria. What is the experience of a mother or father in a foreign culture?

Emily is an American, a stay-at-home mom and a homebody, and when her husband Dan was offered a job in Austria, they began an unexpected adventure.

“’A Mommy Abroad’ is many things,” she says in her blog, “…a recounting of our adventures, plus advice, lessons learned and suggestions for anyone traveling or living abroad with young children.”

Emily has even provided her readers with separate entries on the topics of etiquette and money in foreign countries, as well as how to prepare to travel with young children.

For an inside look at the advantages of raising children in Austria, be sure to read Emily’s post about why it’s great that her kids are both American and Austrian.

Vienna Muses

Photo: KC Blau

KC Blau is an American writer of historical fiction who has been in love with Vienna since she came here as a student. She’s also a German-English translator. Having lived in Vienna for over 15 years, her writing has flowed into the blog of Vienna Muses.

You can find almost anything about Austria on the pages of her blog. From Adolf Loos to culture, from holidays to wine, Blau’s love for writing has allowed her to share with her readers her thoughts on just-about-everything Austria in an eloquent and engaging way.

She’s got some great tips on just how and how not to get along in the Austrian world.

For a very insightful look into thoughts on women by male, Austrian historical figures, see Blau’s post entitled “Women according to Men”.

Austrian Adaptation

Photo: Carly Hulls

“What I currently am is a twenty-something expat adjusting to life in a foreign country.” Simple enough, and right on point when it comes to Australian Carly Hulls’ blog, Austrian Adaptation.

Since 2012, she has lived in Vienna, learning German and documenting her experiences for all the world to read.

Hulls’ blog includes useful information for any person new to the country. From tips and tricks to observations of local news, Carly’s blog provides “an Aussie girl’s perspective” on living in Austria.

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Her post, “28 Ways to be Austrian”, earned her over 200,000 views and a job at a travel company. It’s definitely worth the read if you’re planning on fitting in.

Merisi’s Vienna for Beginners

Photo: Merisi

Merisi defines her blog as “a daily mélange of virtual postcards from Vienna.”

A colorful collection of photos from all corners of the city, her images provide any visitor with a local perspective. It’s also updated daily.

“I seek to capture the beauty that is present in every day,” Merisi states on her blog, “and there is inevitably so much more than I could ever expect to grasp.”

Cleverly divided into topics redolent of Vienna, readers can choose between photos about the local coffee culture, for example, or the characteristic and ubiquitous Viennese dogs.

Be sure to check out Merisi’s “Vienna in Spring” section for a timely (and sunny) view through her lens.

Staff reporter (news@thelocal.com)

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