Hello! I am a newer AWA Vienna member, Christine Dierickx. I am from Wilmington, Delaware by way of Arlington, Virginia, USA. I did a stint in Buenos Aires, Argentina, but Vienna is my first real expat experience.
When my husband and I decided to move to Vienna, the US State Department sent a box of books, three of which were AWA’s about living in and enjoying Vienna and Austria. I read them cover-to-cover, used the checklists, and dog-eared pages for future reference. Seriously: I knew how to make a dinner reservation in German my first week here thanks to AWA. So it was a natural first step to come to a Wednesday coffee my first week here. And from there, I had the honor of meeting the kind, savvy, and talented women that are in AWA. I credit this organization to giving me invaluable expat advice and introducing me to so many places in Vienna: namely the Prater, wine bars, and the Alte Donau.
My husband and I happily settled on Taborstraße in the 2nd district. We’re already loyal to this “up and coming” district, and I appreciate the quick access to the canal, Augarten, and Prater for running. What I love most about Vienna so far is the true freedom of movement. In Washington DC, you need to drive to the vineyards and drive to any good hiking. Here? You just hop on a train, take a bus, hike a bit, and before you know it, you’re sipping wine in the Wienerwald. And that’s another thing I can’t get enough of: coffee and wine, two of Vienna’s specialties. I’m determined to leave this city having tried every type of coffee drink.
When I’m not going to intensive German class or consulting for local organizations, you can find me writing a technical communications blog, cutting Austrian red tape, hunting for a good bargain at a second-hand store, or hiking one of Vienna’s city hikes. I also watch major televised marathons like die-hard NFL fans watch the Super Bowl, and I like to go cheer runners on in local races. Unfortunately, I can’t say my own running times accurately reflect my love for the sport, but I sign up for races now and then.
With the better half of a year under my belt in Vienna, I feel like I’m starting to settle in. I’m still in my expat infancy, though, and I’m looking forward to learning what a full year is like here in Vienna and visiting nearby countries. I’m also grateful for the opportunity to do a little technical research on behalf of AWA and join the board. I hope to meet more amazing women through AWA, and maybe one day I can pass along some wisdom to other members.