Sunday, October 12, 2008

Italien ist am schönsten!!!!

So, this last week I took a trip with my study abroad group to Italy. I have always wanted to go to Italy my entire life and I got the chance to see the two cities I wanted to visit the most. It was so great. I ate tons of gelato and enjoyed the beauty of the country and all their great pasta (even though it was pretty expensive). I wish that I had taken better pictures but there are some good ones out there that other people took, so I guess I'll just have to get them later. Here's some of the best ones I took though. Oh my goodness, I can't wait to go back someday. I hope it's soon. On the train ride to Italy. We were in sleeper cars and there was about a foot above my head in the rock hard beds. It was really cold too and I kept waking up every time the train stopped at a station. It was the best ever though!!!

The bridge in Florence. If you ask me this is one of the best pictures ever, don't you think?

The dome at the Florence Cathedral. It's kinda in the background but it's the best picture I got of it.

The square at St. Mark's.

The square at St. Mark's. There were so many people there it was hard to get a good picture. And then there were all these political looking people with cameras walking around.

A seagull totally swooped down and started chewing on a pigeon. The pigeon was still alive for a while, while it was being eaten.
We saw it flapping around. It was really disturbing.

Me and a bunch of gondolas. In Venice!!!

We went to the beach in Lido. It was so beautiful and warm. It was a perfect day.
There is only one thing that could have made it better.

I got gelato eight times while I was in Italy. There was this one gelateria in Venice that served really big scoops for pretty cheap.
And the guy who worked there was really cute.

On Murano with the cool glass sculpture

We took a tour of the glass blowing factory in Murano and watched this guy make a horse out of glass in about 2 minutes.
Pretty impressive, if you ask me.

The final product.

Venice is so beautiful.

In the Lagoon back towards Venice from Murano

We got 24 hour passes for the public transportation in Venice and guess what. The busses were BOATS!! Ok, I know it's not that cool but I was really jazzed about it. Is the public transportation in your hometown boats? Yeah, I didn't think so.

Here's a video of us riding through the canals of Venice on the Water Busses.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Renee Fleming!! Oh my gosh!

So, yesterday (Oct 2) I went to an opera at the Staatsoper here in Vienna and guess what!! Renee Fleming was totally performing the lead!!!!!!!!!!!!! It was so exciting. We saw Capriccio by Richard Strauss. I had no idea she was in it but we just happened to get there 3 hours early because we had the time wrong. So we had super good spots in the standing room section. For those of you who don't know, for standing room you get in line a few hours before the performance starts and wait then you rush in to get a spot in this little tiny section of the main floor of the theater so you can stand and watch it. We only pay like 4 euros for a spot on the main floor or 3 for a spot in the balcony so it's a really sweet deal. Anyway, since we were in the front of the line because of some random fluke, we were in the front of all the standing room and could see everything perfectly and oh my goodness it was beautiful. The opera itself was really bizarre but I highly recommend it. I wasn't familiar with the music at all but it was so gorgeous. I was so happy to be there. Renee Fleming for cryin' out loud!!
The only bad part of the evening was I lost my Monatskarte, the public transportation pass that the school buys for us that lasts the month and I had to dish out my own 50 euros to get a new one. I was not happy about it but it's better than getting fined for using it without a ticket. Oh, well. I'm gonna be way more careful in the future (even though I thought I was being good).
Anyway, today I decided to do an ORCA project. I'd been sitting on the fence about it for a while and finally came to the conclusion that not only would the money be super sweet to have if I win it, but it would look freakin awesome on a resume and the experience would be really worth it. So, wish me luck. I'm gonna die because this is totally not my strong point and I have lots of German homework that is really difficult, but I think I'll learn a lot. So, I'm goin' for it. We'll see how it goes.