Month: October 2014

Where in Austria?

After eight months of being here, it’s time to get my blog rolling. I’ll start with a little geography. We live in the southern state of Styria, or Steiermark in German, which is known as the ‘The Green Heart of Austria’ for the beauty of its land and the warmth of its people. The nearest city is Graz, a 25-minute drive away. Graz is the capital of Styria and the second biggest city in Austria, although with a population similar to Cincinnati, Ohio I’ll leave it up to you to decide if that’s “big.” Vienna is 2 hours to our north, and Slovenia is about 40 minutes to the south; one of my co-workers commutes from Maribor to Graz and says it’s quite easy. If you drive an hour and a half east, you can go to Hungary, like my mother-in-law does every few months to get her hair done. Our proximity to the Graz has proven to be an important part of my transition to life here. City culture is part of my psyche. …