Being Open-Minded in Vienna, Austria
Joanna from Poland chatted with Michelle of MyExpatCommunity about difficult beginnings, living in another country, and the good side to Vienna, Austria.
Hi Joanna! Thanks for meeting with me today and taking the time to do so! Let’s begin. Where are you from and where are you currently living?
Hi Michelle. I’m from Poland. I came to Vienna because of love 🙂 I moved in with my (now ex) Spanish boyfriend at the time. He originally got a job here, and then eventually I got a job too.
Cool. Did you know any German before you came to Vienna?
Yes. I studied German in primary school and then re-took a German course before coming here. It was the B1 level. So I knew some German, just not with Austrian dialect though 🙂
The Austrian dialect is extremley difficult to learn. It’s like, you do the German courses in schools and then you go to Vienna and the Viennese speak a different form of German!
I see! So what do you like most about Vienna?
I like the possibilities of what the city offers: an excellent public transportation system, outdoor activities, and closeness to nature.
Nice. What is your favorite thing about being an expat?
I like having other expat friends who are international. I get to learn different languages and cultures, and I think that makes me pretty open minded.
Last question! What advice do you have for expats moving and living in a new country?
All the beginnings are difficult. But afterwards you’ll learn so many new things, meet so many cool people, and enjoy the new life you created!
Awesome. Thanks for meeting with me today Joanna. All the best with your life in Vienna!
Thanks Michelle. Have a nice day.
About the Interviewer
Michelle Hrvat is the director of the Expat Interviews section, and a fellow expat herself. Originally from the US, she has been living in Vienna, Austria since 2014. Her blog, American in Vienna, helps people enjoy Vienna and life abroad. In her free time, she likes to do yoga, bake, and get involved in her local community.
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