This time last year....
Exactly on year ago, I stepped out onto the streets of Vienna for the first time. It was the beginning of my “Once-in-a-Lifetime Opportunity” that didn’t seem like it would ever end. Well, it did end. Do I wish I was in lovely Vienna right now, rather than Omaha? Of course! I miss it every single day. Even though I came to a cold, gray Vienna, it was still my home for four...
Every morning I wake up from at least one dream about Vienna-I get in the shower and try to remember exactly what happened, but end up forgetting most of the details by the time I’m on my way to work. Around 10 or 11 I’m daydreaming of Vienna-I’d rather be strolling through Karlsplatz or along the Danube than sewing in this zipper or fixing this hem. It’s not that I...
Did I mention that I miss Vienna? It seems so long ago, but here are some pictures of my Easter weekend in Wien:
Things I Miss about Vienna
People-watching and listening to my iPod on my morning commute Vapiano-the BEST italian restaurant. Ever. I could kill for some of their pesto right now. Stephansplatz-just walking around the old and the new, and coming up from the U-Bahn to Stephansdom…..so amazing. Mueller’s pen selection Our other staple restaurants, Pizza Grill and Rossini’s The COFFEE! Ugh, nothing...
My Weekend in LDN
So I’ve been back in the United States for over a week now, and I’m craving Europe like crazy! So I thought I should probably finish blogging, so here’s my final trip-London! On a Thursday, Sam and I headed to Vienna’s bus station to catch a bus to Bratislava’s airport, where we flew with Ryanair to London Luton airport. Now what we didn’t know was this:...
London-The weekend of the Royal Wedding
A Beautiful day in Roma
Paris Part Deux
I started writing a very angry beginning to this blog last week, because it was more than a little difficult for my friend Sam and I to get to Paris, but after I got to the part where we arrived in Paris, I lost it. Thanks for nothing, Tumblr! So here it goes once more, but I’m going to skip the angry and get right to us in Paris! [Insert the extra 6 hours it took for us to get to Paris] ...
The City of Lights
Our journey to Paris started off a little rocky-it was almost impossible to sleep on our night train, and I noticed that we were in Frankfurt at 4:45 am, an hour and 15 minutes before we were supposed to be there, so we rushed to get off the train before it left with us still on it, only to find out that it would stay there until 6:00. Ooops. But we got coffee and croissants at a cafe in the...
Wonderful french food
Whether it came from a restaurant or a stand, the food that I ate in Paris was absolutely amazing! On our first night there, I had a caesar salad-beautifully presented-I wouldn’t consider it a true caesar salad, but rather the French take on a caesar salad. We followed our meals with crème brûlée-three different flavors in three little cups, I couldn’t decide which was my favorite,...
The Zaanse Schans-typically Dutch!
In my blog about Amsterdam I wrote about my couple of hours at the Zaanse Schans, but I wanted to add more pictures because I don’t think the one that I added did it justice!
Last week Jen, Sam, Mallory and I took a night train to Frankfurt on Thursday night to get to Amsterdam on Friday. We took one train to Linz where we transferred to our night train to find out that we would have to sleep while sitting up for our 6 hours on the train…well after enough complaining we convinced the couple in the compartment with us to convert the seats to beds-a wonderful idea...
On Sunday morning my friends and I ran (literally) to catch our train to Siena, a cute little town an hour and a half away from Florence. We got off at Siena’s train station with 5 tracks-how hard could it be to navigate our way through this town? Extremely. We tried to find a bus that would take us to the city center-which we had to go into the mall, and down an elevator to get to-simple...
On Saturday we power-walked from the Pitti Palace to the train station in order to make our train to Pisa before the sun set! We arrived in Pisa and tried to figure out the bus system to get to the Duomo and the Tower faster. After a quick bus ride we stepped out and there it was, the famed Leaning Tower! We walked through hundreds of tourists and men who were trying to sell you their crap and...
Last Thursday night, my friends and I took a night train from Vienna, transfered early the next morning in Venice, and arrived in Florence by the late morning. We crossed the street to a nearby cafe and got cappuccinos and pastries before hopping on a bus to get to our hostel. (This is where we made a mistake) Now I’m not saying that we ride black everywhere we go, but generally, no...
Budapest x 2
Two Sunday’s ago my family and I got up early to leave for Budapest, their final trip before going back home the next morning. We did the drill: got on the train, played cards, ordered drinks from the dining car, but the train ride to Budapest was different, to say the least. Hungary, unlike Austria or Italy or France, is not very picturesque. In fact, it’s quite a downer to look out...
The Beauty of Innsbruck
After our second day in Salzburg, my family and I got up early and dragged our bags through the town in the rain, in and out of elevators, and through the train station that’s under construction to make our train to Innsbruck. It was a short train ride on a Railjet where we drank our first class orange juice and ate our KitKats while playing cards, but soon we were there! We got our map and...
Castles, Churches, and Beer
The first city in Austria that my family and I visited was Salzburg, a cute little town only about two hours away from Vienna! We took the train (first class!) there, lugging our bags through the train station that’s under construction and took a bus through the little streets and across the Salzach River and found our hotel, close to the mountain! We dropped off our bags and went to find...
Since my Art History class had a make-up class last Friday, Jen, Sam and I decided to spend the weekend in a city that was closer to Vienna, and Prague was that city. We got up early on Saturday, took the train to Wien Meidling to catch a train going to Prague! A quick five hours later and we were at Hlavni Nadrazi-now I have no idea as to the pronunciation of this (or any other Czech words, for...
Please forgive me
But I was over half-way finished with my blog on Milan when my computer froze-losing everything I had previously typed. But I’m not the first to have this happen to me. My friend Sam had the same thing happen to her on her blog on Milan! Apparently this is a sign, so I will be brief about our time in Milan. We arrived Saturday early afternoon, headed to our hostel where we could not...
A little behind...
So I’m a bit behind on blogging about my trips-I still haven’t done an update on Milan and tomorrow morning I will be on my way to Prague. My plan was to write it tonight, but after uploading Verona pictures on facebook for what seemed like hours, I’m a little exhausted. But here’s a few pictures of Milan, until I write about it after Prague…. The Duomo Galleria...
Last Thursday night, Jen, Sam and I took and overnight train (this time with beds! Although we prefer our couchettes) and got into Verona Puerto Nova at 6:45. AM. It was a little rough at first, trying to find our hostel with the help of vague directions and a confusing bus system, but we managed to find our way to the Arena, a major site that our hostel was close to. We hailed a taxi to take us...
Yesterday Jen, Sam, and I got up early to take a train to Budapest, Hungary. Before we got there, Sam and I decided to get coffee on the bistro car, where we both sipped on Melanges and talked with Jen, when two guys (one wearing red heart sunglasses and a neon yellow scarf, the other wearing sunglasses) sat down next to us. The one with the crazy sunglasses started talking to Jen, Sam and I. We...
Last Thursday, Jen, Sam and I took a night train from Vienna to Venice! The night train wasn’t quite what we were expecting-we each got two seats to push together to create a “bed,” but it was really stiff and hard to sleep with the train turning through the night. Next time I will be bringing a pillow! We got up to get ready soon after we crossed into Italy, and less than an...
Weekend away in Germany!
This past weekend (Friday through Monday) was our first trip with our Eurail pass! We booked our tickets to Munich (an early train ride Friday morning) so we would get in around 12:30. The train that we took was really nice, probably the nicest of the three that we took. After 4 hours in the train we arrived in Munich, found our hostel, dropped off our bags and went straight to the city center....
"Visual History" in one building
At Webster, the Conservatory freshmen take a class about the history of architecture, furniture, clothing, and anything else that relates from the beginning of time to now. It’s called “Visual History” and the students draw frantically to keep up with all the notes. Yesterday we went to the MAK, or Museum of Applied Arts, which was one giant lesson from Visual History class. ...
Favorite Things about Vienna so Far....
The coffee! Whether it’s a “Wiener Melange” (delicious!) or a Caffe Latte, the coffee here is just…better! And their presentation is much nicer, with your coffee on a silver tray, complete with a small glass of water and sometimes a little treat comes with it! Public transportation: Sure I have to take the street train, subway, and a bus to get to school, but it’s...
That’s what I’ve seen for the past two days. Yesterday Sam, Jen, and I went to the Hofburg Imperial Apartments, which also had a museum dedicated to Empress Elizabeth, and a collection of the Hapsburgs silver/gold/porcelain dishes. We saw the Silver Collection first—eleven rooms FILLED with expensive silver cutlery, intricate porcelain plates with colorful embellishments, and a...
A Beautiful Day in Wien
Today was the first time that we saw a BLUE sky with WHITE clouds, and even needed to wear sunglasses! It was a much needed break from the constant gray skies we’ve seen for the past week. We also could see the mountains on the horizon on the subway, since it wasn’t foggy either! After we took pictures of ourselves (we didn’t want ALL of the pictures of ourselves to have a gray...
The Past Few Days
Hmmmm, what’s happened in the past few days? On Saturday, Webster took us on a bus tour around the center of Vienna. We saw so many beautiful buildings that Jen, Sam, and I have seen before Saturday, but we saw lots of new museums and places and buildings to see, not to mention café’s to have coffees at and patisseries to get delicious pastries from! After the tour we went to the Naschmarkt, a...
Museums and Monuments
Today began…..interestingly. Sam, Jen, and I got up early to catch the S-Bahn at 7:45 to be at school by 8 am so we could register with the Austrian police (which everyone must do within three days of being in the country). After getting to school, we hopped back on the bus that took us there, AND the U-Bahn that got us to the bus, to take us through the mall only an S-Bahn ride away from...
First Few Days
Where to begin? Well, after traveling (for what seemed like weeks) I’m finally in Vienna!! On the first day there I went exploring with Sam, and once Jen arrived, we went exploring down the street we live on. On the second day all the study-abroad students living at the dorms had to go to orientation. In order to get to orientation (which was on Webster’s campus) we had to take the S-Bahn, then...
This is real!
I started packing for Vienna and it’s starting to feel real! I’m trying to squeeze as much as I can into one checked bag and a carry-on…without too much success. But it’s okay, because the next time I post something on here I will be in Vienna!!
Just trying this out...
In only four short days I’ll be in Vienna for the semester!! That’s why I thought’d I’d bite the bullet and get one of these. I’m so ready to sit in little cafes, drinking coffee and watching people go by, run around the city, seeing as much as I can, and even though I’ve complained about it before, I’m really excited to have to take public transportation...