In order to keep all of you updated with my life in Austria (and not out of sheer vanity) I have created this blog and I welcome you to it.
To start with the very basics, I am leaving the U.S. on September 25 and I'll be living in the town of Waidhofen an der Ybbs in Lower Austria (Niederoesterreich).
For the geographically inclined, here's a map
And for the etymologically-inclined, I plan to include a fun new German word in every post. I'll start with the title of the blog - fingerspitzengefühl. It translates to "instinct" or "intuition." My girlfriend Maggie mistakenly believes that it means "the feeling that you get in your fingertips when you meet somebody for the first time and you don't think you like him or her." She likes to use it to demonstrate how specific and funny German words can be and I find it amusing in any case - definitely one of my favorites.