I was in Vienna last weekend, what did you do?
Trip Start Sep 17, 2006
11Trip End Dec 23, 2006
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Wednesday I went to my only class and then I went with Meghan and Jennifer to the Communist Museum. How cool is that? I took a picture with a giant statue of Stalin, and there was a really neat video about the Velvet Revolution and the events precipitating it. In the video were all there places that I have been, and not just places like Wenceslas Square where the revolution started, but there were riots at this tram stop that I get off at all the time, and weird random places that you wouldn't notice unless you lived there. It was really cool. After that, Meghan and Jennifer went home, but I decided that I wanted to stay downtown and walk around until it was time to meet the CSU study abroad advisor for dinner. She was touring the program and looking at other universities in Prague, so she took all the CSU students out to dinner.
But, before the dinner, I stumbled upon the Alphonse Mucha exhibition in a gallery in old town. Mucha was a Bohemian artist and though you may not know his name, I guarantee you have seen his work. I knew that I liked it before I came, but I am really getting into Czech culture. So after the gallery it was time to meet up for dinner. We went to a medieval restaurant where I had a fabulous steak. Everyone else thought they should get Czech food. They're suckers and don't know what they missed
Thursday I had class all day and then there was a beer rally sponsored by the school in the evening. I know that sounds sort of bad that our school sends us on beer drinking missions, but I think that the point is that we get to know the neighborhood we live in. Anyway, I drank more than my share because one of the girls on our team was a light drinker. Meg ended up puking outside of the final stop after we had already won. On our team was Jen Smith from Canada, Tiffany and Cristen from DU, Paolo from Milan, Meg, and me. We rocked. We were done 45 minutes before anyone else. After the beer rally Meg and I decided to go home and make it an early night because we were going to Vienna in the morning.
Friday we got up early and went to the station to go to Vienna
By the end of the day the paranoia twins were so afraid that we would miss the last train from Salzburg that we didn't even walk around the town. At all. They are the type of people who think that you should show up two hours early for everything
Anyway, on Sunday, we explored Vienna. We were told by a friend that you can get tickets to the national opera house dirt cheap if you go the day of the show and buy the unsold tickets at a discounted student rate of about 7 Euros. We went out first thing in search of such a deal and found out that the show was sold out on the only night we had available to see the Opera. We were then suckered into a crappy show by one of the many men wearing Beethoven outfits and powdered wigs who were selling tickets to other shows around town. After we bought our tickets, we went in search of the Belvedere Museum where there is a large collection of another of my favorite artists, Gustav Klimt. I never knew this, but he apparently is Austrian. Very cool. I saw "The Kiss" in person and it was amazing. Look it up online, its a cool painting anyway, but in person, it's amazing. After the museum, we walked around town and saw the Natural History Museum, but didn't go in because it was closed by that time
Yesterday was apparently some Hugarian national holiday, something to do with a revolution from Communist oppression and there was a bloody battle, I am not entirely sure... But my friend who is Hungarian, Zsolt, celebrates it, so we helped him. He brought Hungarian wine that he shared and we all talked and laughed and it was good. I went to bed early because I was exhausted from all the traveling and the test.