A Return to the Czech Republic

Trip Start Aug 2008
Trip End Jul 2009

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Monday, April 27, 2009

 That's right ... Bohemia! Two weekends ago, the school organized a trip for us to Cesky Krumlov. These trips are always so nice because we don't have to think about anything or plan anything ... we're just like cattle, they prod us along ... and it's great (especially after 8 months of traveling!).

We met bright and early on Saturday morning! After a train ride and shuttle, we landed in Cesky Krumlov. It's a quaint little town. It really doesn't have much of a claim to fame, except that it's known for being crooked (apparently that's what Krumlov means ... I through crooked, was crooked-ski!).

The school organized a nice little tour of town for us. We saw all of the major sights ... the river, the castle, random lookouts, the bears, and the "shopping" street. Really, there's nothing there ... but it had some beautiful views and it was a nice get away/excuse to drink excessively!

After our tour we had a nice "medieval dinner." You have to wary of phrases like "medieval dinner" ... they're never what you think. If you were thinking something like Medieval Times, you're wrong! I'm not sure how to describe it, but it wasn't nearly as cool as it should have been. As always, here's a picture of our crazy food (this was for 4 people, mind you!) ...

This is a standard trip for the other groups of Global MA students, so the people taking us around (the student affairs girl and the director of our department in Vienna) showed us where the "best" bar in town was. It was pretty cool b/c there was a live band that night. Seeing the head of your department "dance" to live music is probably the funniest thing that will ever happen!! The Czech Republic is also known for their selection of Absinthe ... that's all I'll say about that!

Saturday morning (those of us who went out) were fighting a potential hang over, so we decided we should curb any consequences before we got on the train back to Vienna ... that means breakfast beers!  We found a nice cafe outside and enjoyed the sunshine before it was time to head home. (I also bought some awesome new earrings!). There was lots of sleeping on the trip back.

Monday we had to go to a International Economy Conference all day. Painful? Yes! Not to mention that we had International Political Economy both Monday and Tuesday night! Thursday we had a meeting of our professional seminar class, followed by a several-hour-long simulation of a UN Security Council Debate over Iran's Nuclear Weapon's Program. I learned a lot but would prefer to never have such an assignment again!

That night, Erin, Annie, Chris and I went to see "Milk" at the English speaking theater in Vienna. We re-instated our drink a bottle of wine policy during the movie (we may sound like alcoholics at this point in this update, but it had been a REALLY long week!).

This weekend was spent relaxing. We hung out by the Danube quit a bit and finally had the opportunity to go out IN Vienna (we have night classes, so we never get to go out in town). Saturday night we went to an Australian pub. They featured those towers of beer ... jokingly I said we should have a 2 on 2  tower race ... my friends took it seriously ... and it resulted in a VERY long Sunday!

I only have (less than) 2 weeks here in Vienna :(   I've REALLY enjoyed my time here. Hopefully there will be something exciting to write about (besides papers, packing, and finals) before I leave!

I miss you all a ton!!!
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