Austria, general musings, Uncategorized

The Joy of Train Travel

The first time I saw "Spirited Away," I thought the most beautifully somber image of any cartoon was the train trip away from the bath house to the hermit's house. It was just so sad and lovely at the same time, I've always been a little more fond of the world just after rainfall, but… Continue reading The Joy of Train Travel



And Innsbruck's claim to fame is that it was home to the Winter Olympics in 1964 and 1976, but I didn't know it at the time.  I went to Innsbruck because it was the Austria city closest to the Alps. Probably the decision I regret most about my trip to Europe was not shelving out… Continue reading Innsbruck



Recently I was researching an alternative history novel set in the mid-1800s, and read that while the wealthy in Paris, London, and Vienna lived a lot alike the middle classes of those three cities choose different elements of rich people's lifestyles to emulate.  While living in buildings like the one above, the Viennese middle class… Continue reading Vienna