TV / Radio Licence – GIS

You may well have heard of the infamous GIS representatives who turn up on doorstops and demand to know if you have a TV or radio inside. If so they will expect you pay for a license (around €19 – €25 a month, or €7 for just a radio). Having a computer doesn’t count (unless […]

Eating in Graz- Bowls & Pots & Frankowitsch

You may have already noticed the lines outside the new restaurant – Bowls & Pots on Sporgasse, They opened last month with a create-your-own bowl service (choose a grain, vegetables, protein, sauce & topping). Plus they have a selection of ready made bowls, rice dishes and rolls all under €10. They also have vegan options. […]

Local podcast and blogs

A few fun local blog and podcast recommendations about living in Austria or learning German. Vienna based, these two well-written blogs offer a witty and insightful look into Austrian life from a foreigner’s perspective. Curmudgeon in the Cottaage Up the Danube without a Paddle Travel blogs are another fun way to discover more about about […]

Frauenservice – supporting women in Graz

The Frauenservice is a wonderful organisation on Lendplatz offering free support and advice for women living in Graz. They are very friendly and can speak many languages. They offer regular seminars, workshops, art projects and social gathering and much more! Part of their important work is providing a free confidential and anonymous counseling service for […]

How to be self-employed in Austria

Being self-employed here means a lot of extra hoops to jump through compared to countries like England and the US. It can be pretty complicated to set up your own business, register for the right trade license, deal with insurances and taxes etc. Here are some links where you can find lots of useful information […]

German Learning in Graz – January

Here are some of my favourite places to learn German at affordable prices, plus free German conversation groups continuing on-line. German Classes Sabine Eichler is a wonderful teacher and offers small group classes with Love2Learn. She customises each class around her students learning goals and makes German learning fun and interesting! Currently Sabine is offering […]

Brexit update – Article 50 card

From January 1st 2021 until December 31, 2021, all Brits living in Austria will need to apply for the Article 50 card to exercise their right to remain and work in Austria under the withdrawal aggreement. Graz is already taking appointments, but as you have a whole year to apply there is no rush! Documentation: […]

Where to buy a cake in Graz

For special occasions and birthdays it’s nice to have a cake specially made. Here are some options where you can order a cake or have one custom made (remember to order a week or more in advance if possible). Mehlspeisenfräulein is run by two young women who love to bake! They offer homemade cakes, cupcakes, […]

Local Artist – Katcha

As part of my local shopping guide, I would like to introduce you to some of my favourite artists & shops in Graz. Katcha Bilek is an award winning designer and a fabulously cool person. She has worn many hats and previously lived in an old fire engine in Spain, creating upcycled art installations for […]