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Nationalism. As an American, I chose to integrate rather than have "America" shipped to me via post. Many friends have not, and they seem to be less happy for it. - Nov 13, 2017
Furniture. Electronics. Everything you don't absolutely need because your apartment will have NO STORAGE SPACE. Ikea is here - so you can buy everything from it. H&M is here too. And higher-end international stores. - Jun 7, 2016
Jokes about the Sound of Music - it annoys locals. Also your visions of living in the mountains - the mountains are quite far away. - Mar 24, 2015
Old American clunker car. We brought ours and getting American parts was a bit of a hassle, although there is an American parts place on Hohegasse in the 14th district. - Jul 18, 2014
...idea that because it's western Europe, it will be just like being back in the States. It's not. - Mar 19, 2014
Expectations of customer service or that someone will bag your groceries. - Aug 23, 2013
Giant SUV. - May 12, 2013
Bad attitude. - Jan 16, 2013
Excess anything. There is not a large amount of storage space. - Aug 5, 2011
bad attitude. - Aug 15, 2009
ideas of saving money. - Aug 5, 2009
Worries about safety or security in a "big" city. Your prejudgements about SMALL, 'backwards' Austria. The place is small, but rarely have i seen so much packed into one small city. Parks, musuems strolling boulevards, the riverside, it will surprise and delight you. DO Remember that english is NOT the native language of this land, so the fact that the people here speak english is somewhat of a favor to those of us who are not as linguistically capable. Don't go everywhere thinking you are OWED an english-speaking greeter or guide. just a few words in the native tongue, followed by an admission of inability in German, will get you very far with most people. - Jul 23, 2009
Car. - May 21, 2008
Calculator. If you think about what you are spending in dollars, you will go insane. - Apr 4, 2008
Worries. - Jan 11, 2008