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Another Visitor, Another Roommate

Recently I got back in contact with some friends I met in high school when I went to Northern Ireland for the summer. I found out that my friend Andrew Hamilton had been studying in Poland for the last few months. He was planning to do a bit of interailing this summer and when he found out that I was in Vienna, he made sure to come visit. So, Andrew arrived just hours after sending Hallie on her way back to the U.S. We were both surprised when we arrived back at my place to find out that my “extra bed” that I had offered Andrew was already occupied. Surprise! New roommate. They had told Diana when she moved out that I wouldn’t have another roommate, so I wasn’t prepared. Oh well. She seems nice. Her name is Paulina. She’s from Canada and she’s here for the summer to study music.

After figuring things out a bit, I had to, unfortunately, do homework. So, Andrew explored the city on his own using the map I gave him. Hours later he came home and we hung out in Billy and Joseph’s room until Billy got home from Scotland. Then we went to bed and Andrew slept on my floor (poor guy).

Andrew and I at Schönbrunn

Andrew and I at Schönbrunn

The next morning Andrea and I took Andrew to Schönbrunn Palace. That makes twice in one week. Except this time we explored the gardens more than I have in the past. Then I had to say goodbye to Andrew because I had to go to class and he would be leaving that night while I was nannying. During class Billy left early for a doctor’s appointment to check up on his appendix. They decided surgery was necessary and took out his appendix that night. His parents flew his brother in and we all went to go see him at the hospital the next day. I brought him plenty of Star Trek episodes to watch, but he still hasn’t gotten to them yet. That night Verena’s sister Marion gave us an architectural tour of Vienna–entirely in German. We started at the UNO city and got to go up to the top floor of one of the buildings to overlook the whole city. It was beautiful! This photo taken from the top of the building looks toward the city center. The large street that crosses the bridge continues through the to the other side of the city and our dorm lies only two blocks off this main street.

The View from UNO City

The View from UNO City

The tour ended at the Museums Quartier where the Architecture Center of Vienna was having a small party with cheap hot dogs and cheap beer. My new roommate Paulina and Billy’s brother Ben met us there. After spending some time at the architecture party, we moved to the center of the MQ so that Ben and Paulina could get the full MQ experience.

The next morning after visiting Billy again, I headed out to the 16th district to get more footage for my district project. I walked through the graveyard and tried to make it up to the palace, but I didn’t have time. I had to head back to the city center because we had a tour at the Jewish Museum. Our tour guide was interesting….. abrasive is probably a better word. She was trying to get us to interact and discuss, but it just wasn’t working. She showed us a screen print of some guy and we had to guess who it was. After minutes of awkward silence and forced guesses, she told us who this obscure Viennese Jewish man was and was appalled when we had never heard of him. I guess I just don’t know enough about Jewish culture. Note to self: Fix that.

This morning Andrea, Sarah, Joseph and I tried to go on a tour of the Ottakringer Brewery, but we misunderstood the website. Tours are offered daily, but you have to schedule one. So, we went to a Bier Garten instead and drank some Ottakringer and ate some delicious food.

Now it’s time to watch the Sound of Music before heading to Salzburg tomorrow morning. I’ve never seen it before!

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Week 2 in Vienna

It is now the end of week two in Vienna. We had a short week because we have Friday off for Easter. This weekend we visited Schloss Schönbrunn, the palace here in Vienna. It is a beautiful yellow complex surrounded by manicured gardens. It even has its own zoo! On the day we visited they had their annual Easter Market. The platz in front of the palace was filled with vendors selling all sorts of beautiful handcrafted Easter trinkets and delicious Austrian food. Check out the handpainted Eatser eggs!Easter Eggs

We also took advantage of the traditional food and drink at the market. I tried some berry wine for the first time and it was a little strong for me. Andrea and I shared some Käsespätzle and a potato casserole-type dish. Yum!  We walked up to the back gate of the palace grounds to get some photos and rest in the sun. Don’t forget to check out more of my photos by clicking the link to the right.

Rebecca and I at Schloss Schönbrunn

Rebecca and I at Schloss Schönbrunn

On Sunday Billy, Rebecca, Sarah, Andrea and I all went to the Albertina Museum where they had a special exhibition on Rembrandt and other northern artists. The museum also recently acquired a collection of artwork from the late 19th and early 20th centuries as a permanent loan. I was able to see artworks by the artists I would like to study in grad school, such as Gabriele Münter. MunterThis week in Art History we discussed the Romans in Vienna. Before Vienna became Vienna it was Vindobona, a Roman camp set up to protect the empire from the Germanic tribes. So, we went to the ancient Roman ruins beneath the city and saw the remnants of a few buildings. So cool!

A group of us also went to the Prater, an amusement park here in Vienna. We played frisbee, got ice cream and generally enjoyed being outdoors in the sunshine. One of the rides was called CSI: The Experience. Wish I had gone on it for you Mom, but it cost too much!

Things didn’t work out for Croatia. Tickets were too expensive and the weather is going to be nicer here in Vienna than in Croatia. So, we bought our tickets for Munich, Germany instead. This will be better because I will be able to see Joey and our friend Markus who lives in Munich. We leave tonight!

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