Wiedens Places to be: Heuer am Karlsplatz

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Im zweiten Teil dieser Blogreihe dreht sich alles um das Heuer am Karlsplatz. Seit März 2014 ist das Kunsthallencafé dem Heuer gewichen und das ist auch gut so. Ich war nur einmal im Kunsthallencafé und das hatte auch seinen Grund. Für mich war es einfach zu laut, zu eng und viel zu ungemütlich. Das Heuer trifft mit seinem Ambiente und seiner Einrichtung viel mehr meinen Geschmack. Die Bar die augenscheinlich einen sehr wichtigen Standpunkt des Lokals einnimmt, sowie die Regale mit den großen Apothekergläsern haben es mir besonders angetan. Ganz zu schweigen von der großen Terrasse und dem Garten, welche im Sommer ein echtes Highlight sind. Hochbeete und Bäume sorgen für ein wohliges Gefühl – so lässt sich Wien im Sommer aushalten.

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Kulinarisch ist auch für jeden Geschmack etwas dabei, egal ob man vegan, vegetarisch, Fleisch- oder Fischliebhaber ist. Wer in der Nähe arbeitet oder auf der TU studiert, kann…

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CONCENTRATION — Where the magic happens!

A child who concentrates does not disturb others.The teacher must recognize the first moment of concentration and must not disturb it. The whole future comes from this moment and so the teacher must be ready for non-interference when it occurs.

This is very difficult because the teacher has to interfere at every moment before the children are normalized. Generally teachers interfere when a child is working. They go to see what they are doing and praise them. This praise is an interference. The teacher goes to correct mistakes; this is an interference, even though it is an interference of good will.

It is not interference to interfere when the child is naughty but this is just when Grown-ups often say, “Oh the child is so full of life”, whereas when the child is working seriously they will often go and say “What are you doing? Show me”. Then the concentration is broken; it finished. So never interfere when a child is working by himself.

Don’t be preoccupied about whether he is making mistakes, you must not correct him at this moment. The important thing is not that the child should handle the material, but that this material has attracted the attention of the child.

The child corrects himself through repeating the exercise, through the control of error which is exact for some of the material. If you interfere, a child’s interest finishes, the enchantment of correcting himself is broken. It is as though he says “I was with myself inside.You called me and so it is finished. Now this material has no more importance for me”. A child does not need praise; praise breaks the enchantment. It is a great inner energy, normality, which comes, and you break this if you interfere.
— Maria Montessori from “The Child, Society and the World” (Page 15)

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CONCENTRATION: Where the magic happens!

Parkschlosschen – the 5,000 year old cure for stress

Jane Alexander

treatment female_40Stressed?  Who isn’t?  A recent survey found that more than 75 per cent of Americans alone feel they’re not coping with their overloaded lives, while it’s estimated that a staggering 90 percent of visits to primary care physicians are linked to the effects of stress.  Chronic stress is now a global epidemic and a silent killer, linked to the six leading causes of death (which are, in case you’re wondering, heart disease; cancer; lung ailments; accidents; cirrhosis of the liver and suicide).  It’s scary stuff.

 The cures for stress are many and varied but none, perhaps, as delicious as a stay at Parkschlosschen, a luxury hotel with a difference in western Germany.  It may look like something out of a Grimm’s fairy tale, with its half-timbered walls, pointy slate roofs and cocooning fir trees, but inside it’s dedicated to the ancient Indian system of medicine – ayurveda.  Unusually for…

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Neu am Donaukanal 2

Wer noch immer freiwillig seine Sommertage in der Strandbar Herrmann verbringt, leidet vielleicht unter Neophobie, der Angst Neues auszuprobieren. Denn in den vergangenen 10 Jahren ist am Donaukanal verdammt viel passiert und noch immer quetschen sich jedes Jahr neue Lokale zwischen die Hafenkneipe Franzensbrücke (übrigens unsere absolute Lieblingsstrandbar und noch immer ein ziemlicher Geheimtipp) und der Terrasse der Grellen Forelle.

I miss the BBQ at Big Smoke, but will try Slow Tacos!

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Sprechen sie Deutsch? The best Deutsch to English phrases

Alles hat ein Ende, nur die Wurst hat zwei

Although I’ve been in Wien for over 18 months now, I’m slightly ashamed to report that my Deutsch levels are probably not where they should be. I can follow conversation in groups of friends just fine, but spitting out phrases in return I’m still a bit clunky and basic. However, in my efforts to continually learn more I’ve collected quite a few phrases that when translated into English are brilliantly adorable and fun.

Das Leben ist kein Ponyhof, especially when you are trying to learn German for the B1 exam at the age of 67! I am using a combination of classes at IKI, Rosetta Stone, and Memrise.

Memrise has a good free course for learning the German expressions:
(No Typing) German Intermediate

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Sprechen sie Deutsch? The best Deutsch to English phrases

36 Hours in Graz, Austria

Ask most travelers about Austrian cities beyond Vienna, and you’ll probably hear suggestions to go to Salzburg or Innsbruck. Austrians, however, might tell you that Graz — their country’s second-largest city, with a population of just over 300,000 — is a better choice for many tourists, thanks to its rich design, art and culinary scenes, and wine and produce from the surrounding south Austrian state of Styria. Built around the Schlossberg, an ancient hilltop castle, Styria’s regional capital is home to scores of boutiques, shops, restaurants and museums, many housed in restored Baroque-era buildings in the city’s well-preserved Old Town. You might not expect to find such a cultivated metropolis two hours down the road from Vienna toward Ljubljana, but Graz has a palpable joie de vivre, thanks in part to the presence of its six universities and over 40,000 students.

36 Hours in Graz, Austria