The Magic Flute in Marionette

Trip Start Jul 14, 2013
Trip End Aug 15, 2013

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Flag of Austria  , Austrian Alps,
Saturday, July 27, 2013

We woke up laaaaate today.

I think we all needed the rest. After a week of going nonstop, some sleep definitely helped us out.

After I finally dragged myself out of bed this morning and had breakfast, I joined Robbie, Mary, Elena and Lindsey and we went to the mall. And this is where I say something, finally, about the air conditioning. 

There is none.

The dorms are baking during the day. Buses, restaurants, bathrooms, and most places we go lack the beauty of AC. Because of that, our goal, considering the heat was almost in the triple digits, was to go somewhere with air conditioning. And that place was the mall.

It was actually a pretty nice mall. I realize that it seems rather American to do something like that, but I found it interesting to see how European malls are priced and how the sizes work. I was determined to find a traditional dress to try on as well, so when we finally found some that were reasonably priced and good quality, we tried them on. I loved mine but didn't think I was going to drop 150 Euro on a single outfit, and those are the cheaper ones. Maybe next time.

A few hours later, we left the mall and sweated our way back to the dorm. After I trudged inside and went up to the kitchen, I found Charlie and he suggested we hit the grocery store and buy dinner there. I agreed so we quickly went to the store and brought back some food.

I was under the impression that Charlie was just buying food to make dinner for himself, which is what most people do, but he went all out and cooked me, Jennifer, Zack and Kate chicken, veggies and a salad. It was delicious. We sat down in the sweltering kitchen and enjoyed our "family dinner" thanks to our resident chef.

Kate, Charlie and I needed to rush out after that to make it to our marionette showing of The Magic Flute, but we arrived just in time. Although the whole notion of puppets seems a little creepy, I actually did enjoy the show and thought it was very cute. My favorite part was when Tamino uses the flute and the animals come crawling into his presence. The puppeteers did an adorable job with the penguins, flamingoes, dodo birds, and the lion.

When we were finished there, we walked to the main square and saw the last two minutes of La Boheme, which was being shown on a giant television screen. Not knowing what else to do when that was finished, we walked to Murphy's and later decided just to head back to the dorm. That ended up being a great idea, actually-- we headed down to the dorm's bar and I met some really interesting people from Surrey, Britain; Seattle, Washington; Ottawa, Canada; and somewhere in Poland. I love how it's so easy to get to know people. I've met so many, and I know I'll be meeting many more as the trip progresses!

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