Melk, Wine Tasting, and the past few days

Trip Start Sep 09, 2006
Trip End Dec 23, 2006

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Saturday, September 16, 2006

Today my orientation group took a trip to Melk, a town about an hours drive up the Danube from Vienna. The trip had 3 parts. We first went to a Monastery in Melk called Mount Abbey. This monastery is on top of a large hill and overlooks the Danube, as well as the town of Melk. Please see attached pictures for a reference as to what the place looked like. It's a very impressive structure and I couldn't capture the whole building in one picture. If you would like to see an overhead view of the building, go to google images and type in "Melk Abbey".
The famous monastery has been in existence from 1089, but the structure that we see today was built in the 1700's. During our guided tour we saw about 5 rooms where we could view the impressive architecture as well as artifacts from the long history of the monastery. After taking the tour, we went down on the other side of the Danube from Melk to have lunch. After that we went to an Austrian Vineyard about a half an hour's drive away and did a wine tasting session for about 2 hours. During that time we sampled 5 wines that were all made on site. Afterwards you could purchase bottles of wine ranging from about $7-$18. When the wine tour was over, we were given about an hour to explore the vineyard and the small town that surrounded it. You can see the picture in the photo gallery of what the surrounding vista looks like. After walking around for a little while, the group returned home on the 1 hour bus ride.
So that's basically what we did today. As a general overview to what I have been doing the past few days...I have been attending German class every day where my knowledge of the language is progressing slowly but surely. It is certainly not an easy language, but I will get there. Between the orientation programs and German class, we are busy most of the day and it is hard to get anything else done. I have been meeting a lot of people from around Europe still. It is great to be able to do this, because Babson is a very small school where you can't meet that many people. I met one girl from The Czech Republic last night who is going to help me with German. She knows English, Czech, German, French, and a little Italian! Most people from Europe, besides England, seem to know at least 3 languages.
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