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Michael Bernstein

Michael Bernstein
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American expat Michael Bernstein moved to Vienna in 2001, abandoning his previous career in arts administration. He is now a freelance writer, editor, translator and Internet Marketing consultant. He was a regular contributor to inventures.eu — an E-zine about the Austrian/CEE startup scene — and was Lead Editor for its 2015 Ventures Almanach. Photo: Visual Hub

Posts by Michael Bernstein

Your guide to being pregnant in Vienna, Austria – a great place to have a baby, but make sure you have your “MuKi”

St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated in more places around the world than is any other national festival. Vienna is no exception!

Ice on the Alte Donau is a rare occurrence, bringing equally rare smiles to Vienna winters

Data science is currently among the hottest fields of study and its practitioners are in high demand.

Planned protests against the FPÖ’s Akademikerball in Vienna on Feb 3, 2017 | Police mobilize in large numbers | many city streets to be closed off

Two Viennese entrepreneurs with very different paths to success embody the city’s attitude towards luxury.

Just because you’re a long way from home doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy Thanksgiving right here in Vienna For many Americans, Thanksgiving is their favorite holiday. A time to reunite with one’s family, without all the stress of the Christmas …

Somehow, a rift erupted in the space-time continuum last night. I awoke this morning in a parallel universe in which the world had gone completely mad.

At Gasthaus Wild, the Austrian custom of roast goose for St. Martin’s is a veritable feast

Recently, an aging American celebrity with implausibly dyed hair has caused bitter discord between his avid supporters and those who are repulsed by his undecipherable utterances (and even the sound of his voice).

€10,000 in prizes awarded to the top three video shorts about Vienna Last June, when the Vienna Business Agency (Wirtschaftsagentur Wien) put out a call for entries for its video contest “200 Seconds Vienna – Pitch the City,” it might …

Do the slogans and quips from U.S. elections stand up to the test of time? Test your meme-ory!

The U.S. presidential election is nigh. Many American citizens living abroad are scrambling to get their absentee ballots and mail them on time. But is it worth the price of postage?

Academia and business don’t mix? A group of Austrians set out to bridge the gap, and business is booming

For American citizens overseas, doing your civic duty is easier than you think: Cast an absentee ballot!

Smart cities need smart citizens. A growing movement of initiatives and startups, harnessing social media and using top-notch technology, aims to give city residents a voice at City Hall.

Vienna’s hilly north side may be cozy but not sleepy.

In our Summer 2016 print edition, I wrote about the full-moon boat rides on the Old Danube (Alte Donau). But why wait for a full moon? You can make a romantic boat ride on any warm-weather evening! Here are our …

Scientists are teaching computers about the complex factors that make music expressive. Might computers outperform humans someday?

Under a night sky, boating can rekindle romance – if you avoid the obstacles

Prime Minister David Cameron to Step Down

“This is not a conference. This is a festival!” the main stage emcee Daniel Cronin, co-founder of AustrianStartups, told the packed “Arena” audience during the opening ceremony of the Pioneers Festival – one of Europe’s top expos for innovative technology. …

A Taste for Social Entrepreneurship

E-readers may be an innovative, eco-friendly alternative to pulp. But are publishers now looking over your shoulder while you read?

The Austrian Press Agency reports that a group of about 30 right-wing protesters stormed the stage of the Audimax (a large lecture hall at the University of Vienna) during a performance of Elfriede Jelinek’s Nestroy-Prize winning theater piece, Die Schutzbefohlenen …

The “House Rules” of Vienna’s public transport system (Wiener Linien) are posted throughout every station train car and bus – in English, too. You’ve probably passed them by or seen them posted on a tram a hundred times, but have …

As we sat down to work this morning, a loud shout of “Oh My God!!!” lifted all of our yet-to-be over-caffeinated heads simultaneously. “Robo Wunderkind just got bought out by Lego for $120 million!” our colleague yelled after reading this …

Do multilingual children have an advantage? Perhaps; but the ability to learn languages may be inborn. Either way, stakes are high and consensus is rare

The comedian Robin Williams once asked, “How do you get from crucifixion and resurrection to chocolate bunnies and colored eggs?” We don’t really know, but we do know that Easter just wouldn’t be as fun without them. In Vienna there …

After the dramatic results of Super Tuesday, the Republican party establishment is waking up to the fact that its front-runner is a man many of them consider dangerous and few took seriously – and who very likely may win the …

Millions of euros have been spent by federal and local government agencies and tourism boards to boost Austria’s image abroad through its snappy slogans, fancy websites, glossy brochures and spectacular film shorts. When it comes to presenting Austria to potential …

The Austrian chocolate maker Zotter puts social responsibility before maximum return and demonstrates that short-term profits and sustainable long-term growth are not mutually exclusive

What are British expats in Vienna saying about the potential impact of Brexit?

A Syrian chef discovers the right recipe for success in his adoptive country   In January, I was invited by a friend – a fellow American with Syrian ancestry who likes to compare himself, at least ethnically, to Steve Jobs …

On being an expat NFL fan on Super Bowl Sunday, fighting to stay awake for the  kick-off, and making it to the half-time spectacle.   An American sports fan must compromise his viewing habits upon expatriating. When I moved to Austria in 2001, …

Discretion and privacy are paramount at the Hotel Orient – Vienna’s time-honored institution of lust and debauchery

Discretion and privacy are paramount at the Hotel Orient – Vienna’s time-honored institution of lust and debauchery

The Wiener Ukulele Stammtisch brings amateur ukulele players together every month for an informal strum-and-sing meetup

Civilians and policy makers are wary about how the influx of refugees who settle in Austria will impact the economy and labor force in the long-run. Though many people in Austria are fearful about the strains yet-to-be integrated refugees will …

The two armed robbers who stuck up a Zielpunkt market in Vienna’s Favoriten district at 6:00 a.m. last Monday probably hadn’t heard the news that the supermarket chain’s owners, Pfeiffer Handels GmbH, were about to file for bankruptcy. As it …