Bianca & Mike are students at the University of Montana. Bianca is an exchange student from Wels, Austria, studying Psychology. Mike’s from Missoula, Montana, and is working on a degree in Physical Education.
Since she wasn’t home in Austria for Christmas, Bianca decided we should have an Austrian Christmas right here in the RULA Dorms!
Austrian Christmas: Menu
2. Glühwein (hot drink for strolling the Winter Market)
3. Palatschinken (pancakes)
4. Vanillekipferl (cookies)
Here’s a recipe for Glühwein from the Austrian National Tourist’s Office.
It’s similar but not the recipe Bianca followed. She did use Red wine, but also used Rum, Prunes, Orange Juice, and I forget what else.
It was good.
Bianca (Wels, Austria) arrived on 25 December, and just missed meeting Kim (Ehingen, Germany) who left on 24 December. Kim’s mom had sent Zimtsterne (Cinnamon Stars) over with BFF Nadine. They were pretty yummy, and Kim left us a recipe for them. She said that fresh made ones were a whole other experience from the packaged ones we had.
Bianca almost made Kim’s Zimtsterne recipe, but decided that we might as well try something different, so she chose to make Vanillekipferl instead.
Austria & Germany share a language, a lot of customs, and a lot of delicious foods!
Even though Bianca didn’t get to meet Kim, she did get to meet another CouchSurfing German, Maya, who also arrived at RULA on 25 December, along with Georgians Mia & Georgie.
BIANCA: Germany is really just “North Austria”.
MAYA: We PWND you!
We are the same as Russians with vodka.
You guys have that tradition? When it’s a wedding you drink ridiculously?
We always drink ridiculous. We don’t need a wedding.