Ready, set, and we're off to Wien

Trip Start Jan 04, 2010
Trip End Feb 05, 2010

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Frau Feest's apartment! 1st District

Flag of Austria  , Wien,
Thursday, January 7, 2010

I was ready for an adventure of a lifetime, study abroad Vienna- Winter 2010 was finally here!!

We met as a group at the Dulles airport near D.C. for a non-stop plane ride.
After much anticipation and not being sure about what to expect, we took off for an evening flight. Luckily everyone found their luggage when we arrived in Vienna and I got my new passport stamped for the first time. About a half an hour long van ride later, we arrived in the historic 1st district where my roommate and I found our homestay. Thank goodness there was an elevator since we were on the 4th floor and we weren't pretending our bags were light. The host-mother is very nice, but there is a slight language barrier. It is a beautiful apartment, with high ceilings, and narrow hallways with lots of doors which we managed to traverse with our bags. (For some reason, the old building and her place require 5 keys to get in!
The first night seems like a little bit of a daze now, I'm not sure if that is what I call jet lag or culture shock. We walked to this grand restaurant that we were eating at as a group and on the way I wanted to look every which way. The cobblestone streets and Christmas lights hanging from the streets, and the peaceful way the locals are winding their way around town made me to explore it all!
It snowed a couple of inches the night before last so now the city is coated in white, and its lovely. I felt very cultured yesterday, because we had the opportunity to see two really awesome museums.Today was fun filled, we all met up to go to the Haus der Musik which was interactive and very thorough backgrounds on Mozart, Beethoven, and Haydn. I enjoyed that, then we walked around to see the Imperial Palace from the outside, had lunch in a café where you could tell even locals go. Then, a bunch of us decided to see the art museum called the Albertina and it featured some graphic drawings, and a large collection of Impressionism paintings. We walked around for a bit, and then found a place for dinner where I had a croissant filled with vegetables. Most of the group met up and it was nice hanging out European style, for hours talking, having drinks, and relaxing.
The first day of classes went well! The Institute is right across the street from the Opera House. On the city foot tour, we were able to get more of the background about the city, and our guide had great insight about the different styles of architecture and art influence on the buildings and churches.
I tried one of their local sandwiches with a meat that when translated means  turkey, but the rotating hunk of meat hanging in the window looked otherwise, however it was delicious. I wish the cold didn't damper my motivation to walk around the city. More bundling and layering is necessary ha.
P.S. So many people in Vienna have really cute dogs!
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