Emigrated to the US from Vienna, Austria and lived in New York City for 25 years before moving to New Jersey. I consider myself more of a New Yorker, but did not forget my heritage - love Vienna and the Viennese culture. New York is my second home and that is why I live only 10 minutes from Manhattan - so I have access to theater, concerts and all the great cultural activities New York offers a stonethrow away! Having brought up 3 children in Manhattan (mainly the Village and East Village) and worked all my adult life in midtown Manhattan, I am very familiar with anything New York - so ask away!
If you need a personal guide to show you the New York from the prospective of a native New Yorker, I am available on a per day basis.
My professional life during the past 2 decades can be looked up at (website hidden), having had a big influence in forming the spa industry in the US. I am the author of several publications for the spa industry, including the Spa Encyclopedia. Before that my career was with the marketing of Austria, working at the Austrian National Tourist Office in New York, hosting thousands of travel agents, press and convention organizers in Austria.
Being Austrian, I have a natural for the hospitality industry, which is obvious throughout my life having been involved in the travel industry, conducting tours to Mexico, and selling ski tours mainly to the Alps! I have traveled extensively, both on business and for pleasure. My involvement in the spa industry took me to places like China and Singapore, Buenos Aires, Sao Paolo and Rio DeJaneiro, and of course all over Europe and the United States/Canada, presenting at conferences and exhibits, conducting workshops and more.
Aside from being an entrepreneur, I was instrumental of forming the first day care center for babies in New York City, and the Halloween Parade in the early 1970s; the International Spa Association, the Day Spa & International Medical Spa Association, and helped many spa businesses to get off the ground, including trade shows and series of workshops!
I am now retired, but still active in helping small businesses within the spa and wellness industry. Aside from that, I am providing home-baked dog treats through (email hidden), and of course now I am again involved in the hospitality industry welcoming guests from all walks of lives, from all over the globe into my home.