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VIENNA

Monday, June 4th, 2012

this hills ARE ALIVE.. with the sound of music. (really want to watch the movie right now)

so the bus ride was uneventful. 4 hours. slept most of the way ha

our hotel on the other hand a gem. it historic and really cool on the inside and the rooms have been completely renovated this year! including GLASS walls for the ENTIRE bathroom. mary and i are lucky because ours has a slight amount of frosted glass (which is still completely transparent) but however we think the architect may have made a mistake because from the inside in the bathroom you can’t see out but from our bed (directly in front of the bathroom) you can see very well in. as i said though… we are the lucky ones. some of the others have COMPLETELY clear glass for their bathrooms. it has been interesting seeing their contraptions they have made to try to block the view. Austrians must really have nothing to hide.

notice the lovely glass walls

As every other country we were welcomed by rain. mary and i didn’t want to leave because we opened our window to listen to the rain and were playing cello music which complemented it amazingly but all good things must come to an end when we had to meet the group to be sent out in the rain to learn our way around the metro. we went to the location of the main cathedral, which was pretty but i have yet to be really awed here (in their defense i think we were in the middle of the city itself).

mary and i branched off from the others to kind of just learn our way around. we decided that we were hungry and went to find a restaurant, which strangely proved to be very difficult… and landed on some austrian hunting lodge off some random side street. it was really decorative and cute and the staff were very nice to us. we ordered out meal, mary spare ribs with potatoes and a side of spotzle to share and for my self pan fried beef an potatoes, little did we know we would be getting the entire animal itself! our portions were HUGE! like and thats saying the very least. mary got like 2 large racks of ribs with a heap of potatoes and mine was this entire thing of beef covering my plate and hiding another mound of potatoes. not to mention our bowl of spotzle. huge yes and VERY tasty.

mary and her absurd amount of ribs

We also go really excited because they had ice tea (which came in bottles of course) AND it was served with 2 ice cubes (ice is a rarity in europe so enjoy) we got so excited about the ice when he brought us the glass that when we asked for 2 more bottles he brought out this bowl of ice just for us haha. unfortunately we didn’t finish it all so we boxed and took it home to our dog (Dan) who gladly accepted our left overs. Back at the hotel we are all just getting worn down from moving around so much and just hanging out tonight. nothing terribly exciting.

We are listening to the CDs we picked up from street musicians (cello and acoustic guitar) and they are beautiful and well done. making a very relaxing atmosphere as well as like narrating our time in europe for us.

oh and can we talk about the amount of peer pressure i get from my mother to go out at night and party? what?!

4 days till home!

-K

p.s. for all those people that saw my comment about the pepsi bottle and were like “pepsi comes in bottles loser” i meant to say glass bottle which you DONT actually see at home. my mistake (dad and kristen I’m talking to you)

p.p.s the city was LIDICE not LIDICHE (said like hermione)


I Feared This Day Would Come

Monday, June 7th, 2010

So the internet I have been stealing in my apartment for the past four months is finally password protected. I think this will actually have a negative impact on my studying. But it will be good for my sleep schedule. We’ll see how that balances out. I am sad and it’s really inconvenient but I think I will survive.

I can’t believe I’ve never written about the Argentine time schedule before.  Everyone is late, including my professors. So class starts like 15-2o minutes after it is supposed to start which is usually kind of nice. Even though I still leave my apartment to get there on time. And of all the times I have been late somewhere in Argentina, I’ve never actually been late.

But when your professor decides not to come to class, and not tell anyone, you then have to make it up on a Friday when clearly you have better things to do. And then waste thirty minutes with the Academic Coordinator because everyone is so confused and trying to figure out what the assignment for the final is. It’s this week and we still don’t know what’s going on but it involves a paper and a presentation. I guess we’ll have one night to do it. Wonderful.

I am already prematurely re-organizing in preparation to pack. I don’t know how I’ve accumulated this much and I hope it all fits. I cannot believe I am already thinking about packing. But I am so ready to come back! But then I made a list of things I wanted to do before I left, and it is long. But that’s alright, I can’t do everything. I’ll save it for next time :)

Sunday I went to a Thai restaurant in Chinatown and it was delicious! I was given quite a warning before ordering the spiciest meal, but it was not too spicy at all. And I can’t handle very much. Argentines do not like spicy food. Not even a little bit.

Finally, Happy Belated 14th Birthday to my baby Lizzie! I found a little Golden Retriever puppy on the street in San Telmo yesterday and played with her. (Her owner and mom were watching, don’t worry. Otherwise I would have taken her home with me. I don’t think my host parents would have liked that.) She was very cute (obviously) but she was quite the biter. A sweet, awful teething puppy. Definitely reminded me of a very young Lizzie!

I better actually get to work noww.

I Feared This Day Would Come

Monday, June 7th, 2010

So the internet I have been stealing in my apartment for the past four months is finally password protected. I think this will actually have a negative impact on my studying. But it will be good for my sleep schedule. We’ll see how that balances out. I am sad and it’s really inconvenient but I think I will survive.

I can’t believe I’ve never written about the Argentine time schedule before.  Everyone is late, including my professors. So class starts like 15-2o minutes after it is supposed to start which is usually kind of nice. Even though I still leave my apartment to get there on time. And of all the times I have been late somewhere in Argentina, I’ve never actually been late.

But when your professor decides not to come to class, and not tell anyone, you then have to make it up on a Friday when clearly you have better things to do. And then waste thirty minutes with the Academic Coordinator because everyone is so confused and trying to figure out what the assignment for the final is. It’s this week and we still don’t know what’s going on but it involves a paper and a presentation. I guess we’ll have one night to do it. Wonderful.

I am already prematurely re-organizing in preparation to pack. I don’t know how I’ve accumulated this much and I hope it all fits. I cannot believe I am already thinking about packing. But I am so ready to come back! But then I made a list of things I wanted to do before I left, and it is long. But that’s alright, I can’t do everything. I’ll save it for next time :)

Sunday I went to a Thai restaurant in Chinatown and it was delicious! I was given quite a warning before ordering the spiciest meal, but it was not too spicy at all. And I can’t handle very much. Argentines do not like spicy food. Not even a little bit.

Finally, Happy Belated 14th Birthday to my baby Lizzie! I found a little Golden Retriever puppy on the street in San Telmo yesterday and played with her. (Her owner and mom were watching, don’t worry. Otherwise I would have taken her home with me. I don’t think my host parents would have liked that.) She was very cute (obviously) but she was quite the biter. A sweet, awful teething puppy. Definitely reminded me of a very young Lizzie!

I better actually get to work noww.

The Lujan Zoo

Monday, April 26th, 2010

Saturday I went to the “World’s Most Dangerous Zoo,” according to Google. It is also the world’s most depressing zoo, according to myself. But I am glad I had the experience and might even sign the online petition to shut it down..

It was here I also learned that I am afraid of animals. I never realized this until recently, because I like them so much, but really sometimes I am scared. Or just think they are really dirty and won’t touch them when other people will.

I hope you all don’t freak out at the end but I can assure you I am alive and whole in my bed and it will probably never happen again. So enjoy the pictures!

We finally made it! The bus was dangerous too, I had to stand at the front for awhile just past the stairs, crammed inside as we were speeding down the highway.

It is also a tractor graveyard. Very bizarre place.

I rode an elephant!

And a camel!

We saw baby lions:

And baby tigers:

And bears, but I didn’t take a picture of the bear because he was on a lot of drugs and it was sad.

And then, the highlight of the trip, and the reason for this blog entry:

I fed a tiger!!! Above, I am scared and doing it wrong

Below, he is licking my hand! AHHH!

San Rafeal

Monday, April 26th, 2010

My third weekend trip recently was to San Rafeal in province of Mendoza. We were outdoorsy adventurers and went to two different wineries.

The hotel…

…and around the hotel. We had a free morning and then went hiking that afternoon.

Labs!!!!

My dog Lizzie would not have lasted 2 minutes with these guys. They were insane.

Day 2 we went repelling!

Here you can see someone else repelling:

And my friend who has an amazing camera took this picture of me on the zip-line:

That afternoon we visited two wineries.

Delicious Cabernet grapes!

And then, look who I found beside a pile of grapes!:

And that’s when I decided I was adopting a kitten.


The next winery was more “family-oriented” than the first, which was international instead of local.

They also had more animals.

The last day we went rafting. That was quite an experience…I had no idea class 2 rapids could be INTENSE. Very early on, one of the guides from the other raft pulled up close to ours, grabbed my life jacket, and tried to pull me out! Into the water! I am seriously afraid of rocks, probably due to a previous traumatizing rafting experience, and wasn’t a huge fan of this. It was really unexpected and I didn’t know what was going on. It turns out we were in for a pirate rafting tour, so to speak, including “stealing the girls” from other rafts and capturing them. I didn’t read the pamphlet, but I don’t think that was what I signed up for. There was also a lot of yelling involved and our guide purposely leading us into the sides of cliffs. It was actually fun though, in a scary sort of way. But I would rather have had previous knowledge of the surprise. I probably wouldn’t do it again considering how I felt afterward, which was freezing cold and really tense and banged up. I still have bruises on my legs to this day!

Here is an after picture. I am happy to be alive:

This blog post is so long. My trip is almost over though. We headed back to the hotel and I took a hot shower in the middle of them serving lunch (yes the service was that slow, sorry Mom for being rude- I didn’t have that much time! It had to be done).

I was super exhausted and wanted to go to lay in bed, finally safe and warm and dry, but I knew I had to sleep as best I could on the bus ride home so I went on a trip to the dam instead. We fit 23 people into a 13 passenger van.

I’m glad I went, because this is what I saw!!

Gorgeous! The End. The bus arrived back at our University 9am the next morning.

Iguazu Falls

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

Well here it is!! I kinda already talked about the Iguazu trip before so this will post will be mainly pictures…


Woke up to the sunrise after a long bus ride (15 hours maybe? I don’t remember now) to loud, obnoxious ’80s music. Also the bus driver had opened the door to the outside and our bus was infiltrated with mosquitos. Lovely.

We had stopped at San Ignacio Mini, a site of Jesuit mission ruins of the Guaraní indigenous peoples

That afternoon we went to an estancia and had an asado, swam in the pool and relaxed in hammocks!:

Mate fields

We finally checked into our hotel that night, after another bus ride that took a lot longer than it was supposed to. Apparently there was a strike and the streets were blocked on the road, but I’m not sure if that’s true. It could have been an accident too. I think it took 3 hours (or was supposed to take 3 hours). We were late for dinner at our hotel but excited to sleep and go to the falls the next day!

So it rained. A lot. All morning. Even though it looks really bright and sunny in this picture, it wasn’t until the afternoon when we were leaving. Luckily I carry a poncho with me around everywhere, so I finally got to use it! Kidding, I don’t carry it everywhere…but I have had it for a long time now

So close!

Argentine side. “Argentina is the stage, Brazil has the seats.” It would cost me $131 dollars to get into Brasil

The boat in the above picture is the boat I was on in the pictures below!

That’s the end of Day 2!

Ready to go to the Guaraní village

Really cool experience- he showed us animal traps they used to use for hunting. They don’t hunt anymore but they still teach it to the children. There is a bilingual school there too- Guaraní and Spanish.

Precious baby.

Sunset on the flight home!