Vienna, Austria
Sarah, 28
Journalist
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a bit about Sarah

What do you do and why do you do it?

I am a radio host, graduate student (major: film and media) and a mother of a six-year-old. Since my interests go from here to there it was hard to choose the perfect major – I guess there is no such thing unless one wants to become a doctor. And even I have interests in medicine. So in the end I studied film and media, the curriculum seemed interesting and I had the chance to take classes at other institutes as well. My reason to go into journalism has different roots. First of all, I am sometimes disappointed how news are delivered, then I am all about the truth and I love writing and talking on air. Plus, one can dig into different topics.

What’s the worst job you’ve ever had and why was it so effing bad?

That’s a difficult question since I am an optimistic next to a realist. So I try to get the best out of any situation – no matter how bad. But I guess it was the time when I worked as a director’s assistant in a little town in Austria. My accommodation was really bad. Far away and almost nothing in it. Camping would’ve been way better. Then I needed to write many E-Mails and there was no internet access at the apartment or let’s say anywhere in the town. That was the time, when I spent most days at McDonalds – just to be able to do my work. (And I almost never go there).

Were you born and raised in Vienna?

This is a question I don’t like to answer 🙂 The reason is, it’s complicated. I was born in a city I have never lived in, moved around a lot..and so on. But I live in Vienna for 6 years now and I truly like it here. It’s cheaper to study, there are many different majors to chose from and then the city is just awesome.

What’s your current hood in Vienna and what’s the best/worst thing about it?

I live in the 7th district (Neubau). Best thing is, you almost never leave it. Everything’s happening here. There are cool bars to hang out, shops and places to eat. Everything is here. The downside might be that you have many rich people living here and everything has to be super hipp.

What kind of music do you listen to and what kind of music do you absolutely HATE?

I am the daughter of musicians. So I grew up listening to many different kinds of music and I like almost all of them. If it’s classical music, Jazz, Rock, Metal or HipHop. I love going to concerts, love dancing and singing. If you have a band or a song you like – would love to get to know it. Oh and I didn’t mention Pop – yeah well, I don’t really hate pop, but a song has to be really interesting for me to like it.

You’re broken hearted – what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?

Maybe Queen. Queen or rather Freddie Mercury always get me into a good mood. Or I’ll go back to Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald. And if I really just need to sit down and breath – then Philipp Glass. But it always differs 🙂

What’s the best TV shows of all time?

The Wire – just the best. Accurate, awesome, interesting, connects so many fields and is just – if a TV show could be called that – smart. I even wrote my bachelor thesis on one little subject. But everything is just thought through and amazing when it comes to The Wire. I love to talk about it – so just ask me when you come over.

Name some spots in Vienna that are good for a Tinder date.

I am not on tinder, have never been on a blind date or even on a date when I recall. I like casual. So I guess I can’t answer that. But if you tell me what you have in mind, I might find a good spot.

Who’s your hero and where in Vienna would you take them out for a serious hang?

I have many different heroes and none of them are perfect. My grandpa, e.g. is amazing when it comes to languages, studying and looking at a situation objectively. I’ve learned so much from him. He loves traveling, so I would take him a little outside of Vienna maybe Otto-Wagner Kirche and then walk to Steinhofgründe with him. When it comes to Journalism, I admire Jon Krakauer. I would love to go and have some coffee with him. either at Coffee Pirates, poc or Café 7stern.

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

I am a climber – and those are the most comfortable clothes ever. So either at Bergfuchs or at boulderbar.

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?

To be able to attend all the awesome events. there are too many happening at the same time and it’s hard to choose. Or eat all the good food Vienna offers. It’s just too much.

Where do you go in Vienna for a casual night out?

I love to sit down with friends, drink beer or wine and chat with them. Since I live in the 7th, its Café 7Stern. And if that is full, or closes (at one) – I’ll move on to Café Europa. They even offer a great burger at 2 am in the morning, if one gets hungry 🙂

Where would you go in Vienna to celebrate some freaking good news?

Cafe 7 Stern. You see, it’s my second home.

What’s your choice of transportation in Vienna and why?

Bicycle or my own feet. Vienna is big but also tiny. Let’s say it has a perfect size. And you can get anywhere super easily. I am just a sporty person who loves to ride or walk. But Vienna has one of the best public transportation systems. So I can recommend subway, bus and tram! (Might be a little bit full in U6 and U3 thought).

What are the Vienna spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

Just walk around the Ring. There on can see the University (and the Alte Lesesaal which reminds one of Hogwarts), the City Hall and Burgtheater, The Parliament, Hofburg (residency of the emperors), Staatsoper and Stadtgarten. Schönbrunn and Otto-Wagner-Kirche/Steinhofgründe. If you are there during the weekend, there is a famous flee market at Naschmarkt on Saturday. Prater might be nice, it has the tallest merry-go-round in the world. Then just stroll around the 7th districts and eat, drink and have fun, stop in a Beisl and enjoy Austrian beer and food. In summer, the parks are amazing and there is live-streaming in front of the states opera.

What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?

Well, it’s not a city, it’s a town and was my hometown once. It’s Johnson in Vermont. It has everything what I need. The woods, a bookstore, a coffeeshop, a library, an art store, many events, a maple syrup farm and much more. It’s perfect for a vacation. Apart from that, I love cities like New York, Paris, Stockholm, Berlin, London and many more – but each one of them offers different things. Each one of them is unique. So I cannot decide here.

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