Trip Start Feb 13, 2013
15Trip End Sep 15, 2013
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What I did
I have now been living in Krems for one and a half weeks and it already feels like home. There are so many of us international students and we have all met and bonded so well. If you walk down main street you are bound to see at least three people you know, no word of a lie. Note to self: Don't make enemies, you won't be able to escape them. Krems is the most beautiful little town and I have made many discoveries during my time here so far such as the cafes that have a menu in English, the best place to buy quiche, and the little shop in Steinor Tor that sells $10 dooner covers! Wooohooo now I don't feel like a homeless person anymore. It snowed for a few days last week and of course the Aussie tourist was in heaven! Everything was beautifully white, I made my first snow angel, and I had a few snowball fights with people who had experienced them way too frequently
For our last day of orientation we went on an excursion to a few locations in the Wachau valley which Krems is a part of. First stop was a little town by the name of Durnstein where we walked the streets and seen some beautiful old buildings and learnt a little about the towns history. Due to the recent weather, a man in a snow-mover had taken to the roads. It seemed after a few laps past hunting us off the road, that he wasn't actually after the snow and perhaps was attempting to run us down instead. Next stop was the Melk Abbey in Melk of course which is now partly a school, and had a beautifully long 200m hallway, a massive library with secret doorways through the books, and a huge church absoloutely covered in gold! I've decided this is where my Austrian husband (which I am yet to pick) and I will get married...just kidding mum! But on a serious note I think you would have to take a packed lunch to walk from one side of the Abbey to the other. You definitely wouldn't want to be leaving one shoe in your bedroom! Our final destination was the Gottweig Abbey which is just on the other side of the Danube and can be seen from most places in Krems. The building was beautiful but unfortunately due to the snowy day, we couldn't see the view of Krems and Stein, so we will have to return during the spring
My first uni classes have been good so far! I've been to German for beginners (turns out most of them arn't beginners - Scheiße), Health and Spa tourism in which we conveniently get to go on an excursion to a spa, and finally to Cultural tourism. The lecture rooms are so different to Auz as they are in an old monestry, providing lots of distractions to look at, but the classes have all been great so far. The campus also has this machine where you can buy any type of coffee or hot chocolate your heart desires for 60 cents! This is convenient as I am attempting to wein myself onto coffee so that I have more drinking options when I go to a cafe, so far so good! (I am also aiming to develop a love for Olive's and red wine - it will be done!)
Some quirky Krems happenings thus far:
- The Canadians and myself have also discovered that our house mate Cecile the Frenchie is quite the character, but we are yet to decide whether this is for better or for worse. Due to the language barrier we have deided that she is able to get away with much more then she should. Let me give a few examples and you will understand.
1. One morning I asked her what shoes I should wear with the outfit I had on, and whilst gazing in my cupboard she replied 'No, I don't like your shoes', giggled, and walked away
2. Jenny was singing a song whilst getting ready before dinner and Cecile commented 'JJ, you like to sing?', 'Well yes Cecile I do!', in which Cecile replied 'Well you are not very good!'
3. Katie was plucking her eyebrows in the mirror when she asked Cecile if they looked alright, and of course she replied 'NOO' with a horrified face on!
We have now decided that Frenchie understands much more than she lets on! Mostly due to the fact that she escapes into her bedroom whenever there is house work to be done - sneaky Frenchie.
- Even though our apartment is in such a prime location, the downside is that our kitchen is the size of dads Morris Eight - and anyone who has folded into that car knows what I'm talking about! Cooking dinner is quite the event, and there is no time for personal bubbles if you want a meal by the end of it. Despite our dodgy sized kitchen, this has made us all the more family-like and we have learnt to maneuver around each other successfully!
- I discovered a REAL sized supermarket and Big W type store yesterday about 1km up the road in a random side street! I literally spent 1.5 hours walking around the supermarket browsing away at all the bizzarre food and cheap electricals... and walked out with one bulb of garlic. Typical wog.
I am now off to a local student's house (Marissa), who will be cooking us the traditional Austrian Wiener Schnitzel and Kaiserschmarren for dessert! Yummmmmy :)