Marriage of Figaro

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

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Thursday, May 1, 2008

     We are certainly coming down the homestretch right now in Vienna. I'm very sad actually. Luckily we've been having wonderful weather which makes this place even more beautiful than it already was. I had my last exam yesterday. We had our final exam for professor Kroll on Tuesday. (He's our Austrian professor). Now that the exams are out of the way we're pretty much done our school work. We have one more short class today and then we're done completely and all we have to do is worry about seeing last minute things and packing... and crying...
   Yesterday was a great day. We had our exam in the morning for Reason and Romanticism. It was an awful exam but at least it's over. We had a very short class after lunch and then Katie and I went out to a cafe. I think we're going to go to a cafe at least once a day for the rest of our time here. It's our favorite thing to do. It was beautiful out yesterday so we went to the little cafe down the street called Wortners they have a little outdoor pavilion with this cute fountain in the center with tables around. We sat out there and got our drinks. As usual we talked about how much we are going to miss Vienna. We then took out money from the ATM for the last time. This was actually kind of nice because this is the last time we'll have to take out money and magically lose a ton of it in exchange rates. That is probably the only thing I'm not going to miss about Europe.
   Last night at around 5, five us, Katie, Taylor, Caroline, Craig and I, got dressed up nice and went out to dinner at the same cafe that Katie and I had just came from actually. We had a very nice dinner and ate outside. It wasn't very expensive either. It was so cute because we were all dressed up and this little kid who was like 3 was walking by with his mother and he was staring at Katie and I and he was smiling at us and he ran into a chair because he wasn't looking where he was going. It was adorable.
     After dinner we headed over the the Staatsoper to see Mozart's Marriage of Figaro. We were all really looking forward to seeing this opera. We had booked 9euro seats about a month ago for this show. Mozart actually wrote this opera in this very city! The Staatsoper was ridiculously beautiful. It was exactly what you picture of an opera house. I loved it! Our seats were on the fourth balcony up in the second box over from the stage. They certainly weren't good seats but for 9 euro you can't expect much. Everyone did have little screens in front of them though that plays the libretto in English so you can actually kind of understand what's going on in the opera. It was great! The sets were outstanding! The singers were phenomenal as was the orchestra. I really enjoyed the whole thing even though I couldn't see the stage half the time unless I leaned over. There were three intermissions and four acts. It was soo long. It was definitely worth it though. We didn't get back until 11pm.
   Today is apparently a European holiday. It's our equivalent of labor day. I guess there are supposed to be a bunch of festivities going on down town. Hopefully we'll get to see some of them. There was a parade down Favoritenstrass. I could hear the marching bands from my room and so I went to the class room so I could see the parade from the window. It was really cool because there were a couple different marching bands and their uniforms were traditional Austrian clothes which were mainly green and red. There were people hanging out of their windows all down the street to see the parade. It was a really cools sight to see.  
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