great chicago

Just follow the flow of the city. CHICAGO. After taking the kids on a boat trip we walked around town and ended up for a break at Millenium Park. Who’s that guy on stage… ? I like that voice. I really like his music …. Glen Hansard on stage for his rehearsal. We ve seen Glen a couple of months earlier in Las Vegas and no doubt that my husband and I joined in for the free night concert at Millenium Park. Awesome show!

We stayed Downtown at the Springhill Suites Marriott, great walking distance to well-known shopping paradise Magnificent Mile. Our first walk took us early morning to the Austrian embassy to pick up my sons passport and to apply for our Au Pairs Visa. Another journey we have taken on …. we were looking for someone to join us in Austria starting in August. I ll write more about our experience to hire an Au Pair from the US some other day.

Another day and no huge plans: from coffee, to a free tour at one of Chicago’s fire station,  walking through the famous AMERICAN GIRL store …. we just simply inhaled the smell, sound and taste of Chicago before we packed one more time ………to head to the Wells Fargo Bank and quit our American Bank Account …..










Walnuts for:


3 Walnuts for: The Springhill Suites Downtown Chicago

4 Walnuts for: American Girl Store on Magnificent Mile

4 Walnuts for: a cruise around Michigan Lake (different company’s in town)

5 Walnuts for: dinner at siena tavern (w.kinzie street) delightful made-from-scratch menu! (In case you are with your kids and you don’t feel like eating out in a fancy restaurant call in your order for pick up! )


colorful Madison

Wisconsin, Madison …

Great, perfect sized city to visit and a lovely university campus to stroll around and enjoy some ice cream. That’s exactly what we did. My personal favorite spot in town, was unexpectedly the ELLA’S DELI.


Awesome Deli full of animatics.









Out a day in dairy land ….



Walnuts for:


4 Walnuts for the Grandstay

5 Walnuts for Ella’s Deli and the grilled pound cake hot fudge!

5 Walnuts for shoo! A neat store to shop while in Madison!!

roller coaster of emotions


Not only days, weeks have been flying by without sitting down once and reflecting on everything that has happened. The last weeks have been an emotional roller coaster…. Our journey from Lincoln, Nebraska back home to Austria. Our first hours in Austria, the first time in Vienna, ….

Some days feel like I have never been away and some others everything seems to be different ….

I have grown out of an unbelievable, unexpected wonderful experience. I love Austria, and I miss Nebraska!

What happened the last weeks? In short: we traveled to Madison, Wisconsin to visit our friends. We spent two days there, before we headed towards Chicago to stay another three nights downtown. my reviews and shots here:

Colorful Madison 
great Chicago (coming soon!)
Nebraska – Burgenland (coming soon!)
Vienna (coming soon!)

Unfortunately our flight got cancelled after seven hours of waiting and so were 150 other flights that night rescheduled because of a terrible thunderstorm. All hotels were booked out and there was nothing else left then camping beds! We somehow made it to Austria 28 hours later than expected. . Without the great Chicago children’s museum play area we would not have made it through the time!

Back home I felt a couple of days not capable of being myself. Nonetheless I worked on getting my family back into a rhythm, visited friends, ate Schnitzl, and fulfilled all those things that come with a move … (insurance, paperwork, ….) and keeping up with theaustrianwalnutproject. Follow me for more photos of Austria and its beauty on Instagram!





goodbye the good life …. NEBRASKA

With a 5 hours delay we drove out of Lincoln, Nebraska. “The good life” is the state slogan. I agree. We had a good life in ol’ Nebraska.

Driving across the Platte River one last time. Our last days were filled with a lot of packing and cleaning, a Mad Men Style Party, many tears and farewells, and one last phone call to Austria. “see you next week“, this moment I realize that indeed I am going home to Austria. Thankful that Nebraska has been a wonderful, temporary home.

One last stop for a football game with our kids before we travel cross country ….. leaving something behind that will always stay with us, in our deepest thoughts and memories. Nebraska.






20130607-225654.jpg what does this license plate say?