Day 10 super bowl Sunday

Trip Start Jan 24, 2008
Trip End May 05, 2008

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Sunday, February 3, 2008

Sunday was an amazing day. I woke up early to go to church at St. Stephan's. Caroline and I had planned on going to mass together but she didn't end up feeling like going when I woke up, so I decided to go by myself. This was my first time going anywhere in this city by myself. It was quite interesting. This is certainly a good way to learn your way around.
    I was going to the music mass again. This time I was determined to sit closer to the choir so I could actually see them. When I got there I saw that you could go in a side door at the front of the church and I knew this was where the choir is. So I went in that door and saw an empty pew like 10 feet from where the choir was positioned so I sat there. I later realized that I probably wasn't supposed to sit in this section because there was gate that was locked once all the singers were in place. I couldn't complain though I had an amazing view of the choir, conductor and organ. And I could still kind of see the Altar and the podium. Today they were performing a Dvorak mass. There was no orchestra this time only choir and organ. It was incredible as you would imagine. I had cold chills pretty much the entire mass. I loved watching the conductor because he was really really enthusiastic. I would have a wonderful time singing in a choir with him, he was so clear about what he wanted and you could tell he loved what he was doing.    When the mass was over I had to be let out of the gate, a man literally had to get a key and unlock it for me, it was kind of wierd.
    In the afternoon Caroline and I decided we wanted to go find our last scavenger hunt place, the Franciscan Kirche. We invited Katie and Taylor along. We went to St. Stephan's platz because it was on the way. Apparently last Sunday was a bad representation of what Sunday's are like here. St. Stephan's platz was booming with people and artisans every where. There was this violin duet whose music we could hear singing from a good distance away. We stood and listened to them for a fair amount of time because they were seriously that good. We moved on a little and there was a lady selling beautiful watercolors of famous places in Vienna for only 5 euros. I had to get one because it was of mozart playing harpsichord in front of St. Stephan's (basically it screamed my name). We then came across this woman who was making amazing pieces of artwork using just spray paint. She was demonstrating right there in the middle of the street.
    We then came to the Malteserkirche St. Johannes Baptist. In the morning on my way to church I had seen a procession of monks dressed in black vestments walking into that church. Caroline really wanted to go check it out because she loves maltese crosses. It was a very nice church. Very small. It seemed like it was squeezed between the surrounding shops on the street.
   We then saw this man doing a marionette show. I've never seen anything like it before. He had these little puppets pretending to play this little piano he had and every time someone gave him some money the puppet would stop what ever it was doing and it's eyes would pop out of his head in the direction of the person and sometimes glorious music would begin playing. The puppet was singing James Brown and his tongue could even stick out. It was so cool.
   We came across another nice church called Kaisergruft Kirche. It was very impressive. There were statues of knights and beautiful frescoes and sculptures.
   We found this adorable coffee/ pastry shop that appeared at least on the outside to have really good pastries although it looked incredibly small. We were all kind of in the mood to have some coffee/tea/hot chocolate so we stopped in. We found out there was an upstairs so we went up and found a very large coffee house upstairs. We ordered a drink and a pastry. The waitresses were really cute, they were wearing traditional dresses with aprons. When they brought our orders out I was blown away. Just the presentation of our orders were artwork. They looked to good to consume. But the taste was even better than the presentation. I got a cappocino with a little strawberry sponge cake. It was soo delicious!!! The other three girls also got amazing things. We all tasted each others choices. Katie got a lovely tea with apple torte and Taylor got hot chocolate with this incredible chocolate cake thing, and Caroline got a cappocino with an excellent piece of cake. I was so impressed by this coffee house, I definitely plan on going back at some point. 
   When we left we yet again found another church that we weren't planning on finding called Deutcshchordens Kirche. This is a 14th century church and it certainly showed on the inside. It was very medieval looking with many depictions of knights on the walls.
    After a little more wondering we finally found the Fransiscan Kirche that we originally came to find. There was a platz in front of it with a large statue of a man, I'm assuming he was a Fransiscan. From the sign I guess this church is from the 17th century. It is very elegantly adorned on the inside. There was a lot of gold and of course wonderful frescoes and sculptures as usual. There was a very nice statue of St. Sebastian that I really liked. (I've actually seen many statues of St. Sebastian in the churches around here
    Sunday evening (/Monday morning) was the super bowl in America and of course everyone in our Franklin Pierce group wanted to watch it. Unfortunately it was going to be on at midnight here. So we reserved a table at an Irish bar to watch the game. It was fun, especially because everyone spoke English very well at the bar and of course the game was in English. It was kind of nice, and it was a good taste of home. Half of us had to leave at half time. I came back here and watched the last 10 minutes online. It was quite a disappointment.
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starlagurl on

That choir is so amazing, good thing you went twice!

Louise Brown
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