20.09.2012 - 23.09.2012
Honestly, I've been dreading this post because I have absolutely no idea where to start. I apologize before-hand, if I'm all over the place. Because well, in Vienna, we were all over the place.
Here we go.
Thursday morning. No class. On the bus by 8 and en route to Vienna, Austria!
First stop, Schonbrunn Palace.
So much history and splendor. The backyard of the palace had beautiful gardens, fountains, a zoo, a labyrinth, and so much more. It was fun to just venture around and take it all in.
This was our hotel room. Notice the convenient location of our shower. We could easily carry on a conversation, even while showering. Good thing Erin and I are best friends.
Everything in the room was quite minimalistic and simple. But then, surprise, the shower head lit up when we turned it on! Greatest feature ever. I gotta get me one of those for home.
Next stop, Belvedere Palace. This is now an art museum, and we went specifically for the Gustav Klimt exhibit. Such a talented man. If you don't know who he is, look him up or something. The collection was amazing. One piece in particular, "The Kiss," is probably the most famous. I was really excited to have seen that. No pictures allowed inside, but the outside of the building was pretty!
After the Belvedere, we were free for the rest of the evening. Vienna is such a great city to explore and get lost in.
Day 2. We went to the State Opera House and embarked on a guided tour. It was so beautiful inside, and I was definitely feeling a little artsy with my camera. We also got to see backstage, as well as all the extravagant intermission rooms. Ah, the life.
Then we went to the Museum of Fine Arts and were given an amazing tour through the gallery, by our very own Dr. Loos. That woman knows so much, it's insane.
Then we were on our own to do whatever. So what did we do?
Coffee of course. We heard that nobody does coffee and cake quite like Vienna, so we had to see for ourselves. Needless to say..it is, in fact, all it's cracked up to be.
Then we went for a little nap in the park, before getting back to the hotel and preparing to find out what Vienna's night life had to offer.
Day 3. We visited St. Stephen's, the beautiful cathedral in the heart of Vienna's downtown.
Later that day, Erin, the Brenman, and I decided to climb all 340 steps to the top. The view was incredible. It was definitely worth it.
It was definitely a "Woah. This place is pretty cool" moment.
Then we saw some more buildings and churches. The architecture was absolutely gorgeous. It became a recurring theme: I see a building, I take a picture of it.
Same with statues.
Then we went to the Hundertwasserhaus, which are basically the coolest flats ever. An artist, Hundertwasser, designed all kinds of houses and buildings that are all so unique and, well quite frankly, the coolest things ever. Learning about him and his philosophy on life was pretty interesting too. Definitely someone I'd want to hang out with on a regular basis.
Then, the opera!
The story was a little interesting, and a challenge to follow at times - it was all in German. But the voices were beautiful, the people were beautiful, and I was at an opera in Vienna. Such a spectacular night.
Day 4. Heading home.
But we made a stop at Stift Melk, an unbelievable monastery with the most magnificent library I have ever seen. The cathedral was amazing as well.
Now I'm back in Salzy, back to classes.
Oktoberfest in Munich next weekend. Pray for me.