Day two and three in Vienna
Trip Start Jan 24, 2008
17Trip End May 05, 2008
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We got up from an excellent nights rest in our very comfortable beds and we took a short walk to the "Bipa" which is like a toiletries store. We then had a tour of the Theresianum from Fritz who is one of the head administrators of the school. He showed us the head mistresses office which was fully furnished with historic furniture and period portraits of Maria Theresa and her husband. He then brought us back to the old Jesuit library that we had seen the previous day. Apparently there are two egyptian mummys that were donated to the school that are just sitting in a glass case with a blanket over the case.
So after this tour and lunch we went back to our wing of the palace and congregated in the classroom. We received our first assignment which was a scavenger hunt. We were given a list of different important places in Vienna and we were assigned three or four of them to go out and find.
We all left together and went to Karlsplatz which is a huge beautiful building (I'm not sure what it's significance is yet other than that it's massive and gorgeous...)
We kept walking down this cobblestone street, (it seemed like the protesters were following us) and we came to St. Stephen's cathedral.
This church wasn't even on our list of places that we had to find so once Caro and I were content that we had seen a decent amount of the church we left. (I was struck by how there were beggars inside the vestibule of the church begging for alms at the entrance and exit of the church.) I had to use a restroom, so we found a cute cafe right next to the church and I got an espresso.
Once we left the coffee shop we realized that we had very little time left to find the four places we were originally sent to find. So we found on our map the site closest to St. Stephan's. It was supposed to be on Graben Strasse. So we went there but we weren't sure exactly what we were looking for. It was called "Pestsaule Graben". There was this huge magnificent monument in the center of this street. Caroline approached a man near this monument and luckily he spoke English and told us that this statue was what we were looking for.
That evening we all went out to a club that Diego found. It was a Latin club and it was free to get in. We got in and got our drinks and went to the dance floor where there were two dance instructors teaching everyone how to salsa. It was sooo cool. I still have the little jingle that they used to teach it to us stuck in my head. "Eins, swie, drei... funf, sechs, sieben".
We stayed for about an hour and had a great time. Caro and I had to leave so that we would get some sleep before going to church this morning.
This morning Caro and I left about an hour and 15 minutes before the mass that we wanted to go to so that we could hopefully get breakfast at a cafe. Little did we know that practically everything is closed on Sundays. The only places that we could find that were open were the American places. Starbucks and McDonalds. So even though we swore we wouldn't go to either of these places while in Europe we were left with no choice. So we went to McDonalds, which was surprisingling different from the McDonalds at home.
Once we had our fill we went to St. Stephens. We weren't sure what to expect when we got there because as I said previously we couldn't really understand what the sign had said. We didn't know if we were going to see a concert or if it was going to be a mass. Well, it turns out it was a mass alright with a concert.
Tomorrow we begin our classes... I'm rather excited to get into a new groove.