KC Blau

About me

K.C. Blau is an American writer of historical fiction novels on the women of turn-of-the-century Vienna. She has lived in Austria for over 15 years. She is a certified German-English translator and conducts her research in the Vienna City Archives, the Austrian National Archives and through books, films and documentaries. She holds a BA from the American University in Washington DC and an MFA from Seton Hill University in Greensburg, PA. In addition she has completed post graduate studies at the University of Vienna and dabbled a bit in Chinese studies at the Beijing Language and Cultural University in China.

From my website

A MINUTE OF SILENCE – SCHWEIGEMINUTE – CUM TACENT, CLAMANT

“ I don’t think–” “Then you shouldn’t talk,” said the Hatter. – Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland Note: There is a print link embedded within this post, please visit this post to print it. Twenty kilometers south of Vienna is a 900-year-old town of about 18,000 residents named Traiskirchen. The…

FIVE WEEKS OF VACATION – REQUIRED!

Five weeks. Let’s just get that out of the way at the very beginning. Austrians get FIVE WEEKS OF VACATION by law. That’s vacation. Paid. No funny-math-calculated HR schemes that combine sick days with holidays plus fire drills or whatever days. Nope. 5 weeks off. Recovered from that shock? Good.…

Austrian word of the Week – Pig Bear

Note: There is a print link embedded within this post, please visit this post to print it.Saubär: “Sau” is pig, and “Bär” is a cognate and means bear. So what’s an “Pigbear” — besides a no doubt very sweet creature, one that isn’t too tidy – like the little guy…

 
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