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November 1, 2011 at 10:43 am #1425SilviaMember
Moving For Love: Going Home
One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.”— Henry Miller
I am used to picking up my life and moving on
Being an Army brat and former Army wife it has always been my way of life. Even in the period I was not moving from state to state or overseas, I seemed to have had a hard time staying in a house for more than a year or two. Moving around for me was an urge I could not seem to resist, an itch that needed constant scratching. Read more
Yep, the article is about me.
I am moving on, but only physically. Virtual Vienna will continue to be online and I hope my behind the scene work will improve the function of the site.
UNBrat, who has been my quiet partner and cheerleader will still be here to carry on and we hope to be online for many years to come.
Thank you all for your continuing support and for making us a respected resource for English Speaking Vienna. It has been fun, it has been an experience, it has been something I loved doing.
You will probably see me online here often, because part of my heart will always be in Vienna, and the site will help me keep the connection.
Wishing you all the best! Those who are just arriving…Enjoy!
Those who have been here awhile, please keep sharing, you are a wonderful support network for newcomers.
Those who are on the way to other places like me, please come back and visit we love hearing from you.
Take care you lovely people!November 1, 2011 at 3:35 pm #1989Bleeding_coolMember
Dude you’ve done so many things for all the people here in the forum and for that I thank you. I’ve met so many cool people here in Vienna because u are one of those who keeps the website going. I hope somehow you find a new place u can call *Home*.
I know you havent met these people but I am sure they are just as thankful as I am. Keep safe and thanks for everything.
This song is for you
Take careNovember 1, 2011 at 6:59 pm #1990blueorangeMember
Yeah, good luck to you Silvia! Thanks for all the hardwork you put into making this site.November 1, 2011 at 7:30 pm #1991brookieMember
Shall miss you and your tireless optimistic and enthusiastic character. All the best and glad this site will still continue. UNBrat has got some big shoes to fill 🙂 Thanks for everything you’ve done over the years.November 1, 2011 at 8:31 pm #1992ElaineMember
Well, knock me over with a feather! New love & Alabama! I’ll miss you, even though we haven’t seen much of each other lately in the real world, only through the forum. Thanks for giving us pathetic expats so much good advice and a great place to ask all our crazy questions. Good luck!November 2, 2011 at 8:59 am #1993HollywoodMember
OMG! 😯 As Victor Meldrew would say “I don’t believe it!”. Other than myself I thought that you were quite the permanent Yankee fixture here in Vienna.
I can remember when I first met you when you were working at the AWA’s tiny old office on Sieveringer Strasse eons ago. I can remember when you started Virtual Vienna and when we used to all get together at T.G.I.F. Seems like it was just yesterday. Time flies…
I wish that we had been able to see each other more often before your return to the USA and that makes me sad. But I can’t thank you enough for all the help that I (and hundreds of other expats) have received in how to survive here in Vienna through your Virtual Vienna site. You will be missed but at the same time, I am so happy to hear that V.V. will carry on.
I do wish you all the best with your new partner, home and life back in the USA. You deserve it big time!
:Servus: :danke:November 2, 2011 at 9:24 am #1994chefsmithMember
The very best of luck and thanks, the site has been very helpful.November 2, 2011 at 10:12 am #1995LuvwinesMember
Well this is unexpected! I still remember logging on to the first iteration of this site in 2000… was only a string of threads then but already there were people organising for some beers and bowling. Transition would have been difficult without VV. Thanks for everything and best of luck!
and I wouldn’t be Luvwines without saying condolences on having to move back the USA 😥November 2, 2011 at 11:22 am #1996ViennamomMember
All the best in your new home back home.
Thank you for the forum you have provided for expats here over the years. It has been invaluable for many people.
And please continue to post here. It would be interesting to hear how repatriation goes.November 2, 2011 at 3:23 pm #1997ButtyMember
Well, knock me over with a feather! New love & Alabama!
Best of luck, especially when picking up the local language …. 😉November 3, 2011 at 2:37 am #1998immerMember
Brava, and welcome back!
Auf Deutsch, we have “Hol Mich Heim”
and why dontcha tell someone to meet me, I’m coming home…
and Forrest Gump clips set to Sweet Home Alabama?
Silvia — Just in time to:
-Catch the remaining never-ending Republican debates
-Watch the LIVE JUST NOW UPDATED daily Occupy stories
-Listen to streaming NPR on your iPod Touch (I’ll buy you one if you’re lacking)
-Grimace, moan & clench as we approach Election Day 2012
-Watch The Daily Show & The Colbert Report if so inclined (several times a day on Comedy Central – basic cable, ya know?)
-Protect Christmas from all those who want to outlaw it, or whatever it is they’re up to
-See an Ellen Degeneres daytime chat show, or maybe even The View (with Whoopee and Barbara Walters)
-When the season rolls around, enjoy Air Conditioning EVERYWHERE
Can’t wait to read your Hub Pages on your return.
Big ass hugs,
ChristaNovember 3, 2011 at 8:19 am #1999snowdogMember
Silvia, good luck on your move and safe a safe journey. I thought you were the stalwart who was here forever.
SnowdogNovember 3, 2011 at 8:28 am #2000HollywoodMember
Are you already back in the USA or are you still here in the process of moving? You must keep us all up to date with your new adventures back in the land of the SUVs and the home of the Big Mac. Nothing like culture shock in reverse.
Christa mentioned to you some of the many things that you have to look forward to once you are back in the USA. Awe, the memories of TV programs being interrupted every 5 minutes with 10 minutes worth of commercials; people driving big SUVs that need the gas tank filled up every other day; the extremely high electric bill you will be receiving for the usage of your flat’s air conditioner during your first summer back; being able to go grocery shopping at 2a.m. since the stores are opened 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; and trying to remember how to speak english instead of german to everyone you meet. This last one is something I’ll have to be careful of while I am back in L.A. for a well overdue (8 years since the last time) visit. Nothing like speaking more german than english everyday for the past 18 years for a Yankee like myself but it’ll be fun to see how it goes.
So take care and hang in there girl. Let us know how life is treating you back in the States.November 3, 2011 at 8:52 am #2001SilviaMember
Hey ya’ll! (Practicing my Southern language skills)
Thanks for the kind words and good wishes.
I am still here. Monday was my last day at work, and now I am playing tourist until the 16th and praying the promise of a very harsh winter will hold off until I reach the Huntsville Airport.
Of course, since I will be self employed in the US and VV will still be a project I am sure I will be in here more than now. And as far as Vienna is concerned “I VIL BE BACK”. At least long enough to show my new husband the city and if things don’t go well in the US, the option to retire here is also on the side board.November 3, 2011 at 5:12 pm #2002WienAMember
OK Well I’ve read the thread now but by Golly, I thought this was a mix up at first (“I think this is just some article Silvia must be writing…”)
And sheesh, but Congratulations and happy for you and like others have said, many thanks for your site, presence, and assistance.
Best wishes to you and the lucky man, and see you — well, here of course! :hero:
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