Wednesday, March 24, 2010

So Prague was great, except we almost didnt get there! Tess and I were on the train platform at 7:50 am ( our train left at 8), and it was perfect timing and all the other trains were on time, but of course when it was time for our train it wasnt there. Needless to say, we werent happy. So we went down to the ticket station and because we had bought our online, they said they couldnt do anyg for us and would have to buy another ticket and to fill out a refund form so we MIGHT get our money back... we asked for the manager. He gave us new tickets for free an hour and half later than we were supposed to leave. No problem. So finally we got to Prague, and spent the evening walking the city and seeing all of the famous sites! We stayed at a really nice hostel about 10 minutes from the center of the city. On Sunday, we got up early and went back to all of the main places ( Charles Bridge, Astronomical Clock, Old Town Hall Square) and also took a tour of Prague Castle and the Jewish District (saw the older synagogue in Europe). Then made our way back to Vienna!
While I was there I actually really missed Vienna.. it was weird but I'm glad to be back! Work is going well. I am working with PACT these next two weeks ( and helping them out with fundraising. Other than that I am enjoying my free time! It finally just got warm out and I'm working all day so i can't go enjoy it! =( but i love it here.

I'm off to Budapest with Tess on Saturday! Can't wait to tell all about it!

p.s. my pictures from Prague are on my facebook. I will try and put them on flickr when i can.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Well this week has been quite the rollercoaster ride for me. I got into Pitt on Friday and had my heart broken on Monday and slow days at work. But, I am doing ok and am ready for a good weekend=) I'm really happy I have such good friends here. The Laurens both have people coming in this weekend so the apartment will be a full house! Should be fun. I'm staying in Vienna tihs weekend and then next weekend is Prague!!!! I am super excited about that. I can't wait =D

off to work I go...have a good weekend..ill give you an update on Sunday!

Monday, March 8, 2010

hey everyone!

So I didn't end up going to Budapest this weekend, but I still had a good time. I was really tired from the week beforehand and just needed to relax. So I did!! Last night, I went ice skating in front of the Rathaus, which was incredible. It had been in the high 50s/low 60s in the beginning of the week so we didn't plan on going before the rink closed (last night was its last night) but it got cold again over the weekend and it was perfect! After that I went to the Marine house with Tess and watched 2012... bad movie.

I am really enjoying myself at work and learning so much! I can't wait until I can apply all this new knowledge in grad school =) Oh by the way, if you haven't heard, I got into the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs specializing in Security and Intelligence!!!!!! I am so going which makes me even more excited!!! I am really happy about it, obviously =).

Well, all of the girls (all of us guys left) are getting together to watch the Oscars tonight. They air a day later here so we are having a pot luck! I'm making baked brie.... off I go!

miss everyon!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Well, I have not written in a while and there has been a LOT going on. I have been incredibly busy with work these past two weeks and it should all die down after Monday. I can't wait. You all should go to and look at the most recent news clips and to look at PACT, a program I will be working with in a few weeks. I'm doing really well! Still absolutely LOVING this city and everyone here ( mostly the Americans, most Austrians are downers). ah i miss everyone so much!

I think we are going to Budapest on Saturday morning unitl Sunday evening, I'll let you know if we are for sure! Miss you!

Monday, February 22, 2010

There is the link to more pictures! For some reason it goes in backwards order, so you will look at the lake district, where Maria ran in the hills and got married, before the Salzburg shots. These are also not my only pics, I have many more.


Sunday, February 21, 2010

2/19 weekend

Wow, so this weekend has been non-stop jam packed full of things that we did this weekend. Lauren 2 and I finished our conference on Friday around 1 pm and decided to go to a cafe near Stephansdom for lunch, Cafe Hevelkah (that's not you spell it, but close enough). This cafe is known for being an intellectual cafe and for its owners. The Hevelkah's are in their late 90s and still kicking, so much so that we got to meet Mr. Hevelkah when we went! Usually, Austrians are pretty negative/ignorant/annoyed with Americans, but this cafe was a nice surprise. We walked in and there was no where to sit and we were eyeing this one table that was reserved, so the waiter came up and told us to sit there. That surprised us. He said whoever wanted the table can sit somewhere else =) so we sat there. Then when our food arrived, there were no utensils.We asked for forks and instead we get a lesson on how to eat a sausage Viennese style, wrap the napkin around it anduse your fingers. Overall, it was a great experience. I am definitely going back there. Later that night, the Laurens, Valerie, Tess (the new intern who is wokring with me), Mike and one of his friends from Berlin all went out to some bars and we had a great time.

Saturday was pretty laid back. We woke up around 12 (we went to sleep around 445) and had lunch at home. At 3, we went and saw Up In The Air at a great little movie theater down the street from where we live. We were in bed by 11 last night.

Today was a HUGE day. We all woke up around 515 and left the apartment at 630 to catch a 730 train to Salzburg. We bought a card that gets us half price tickets on all of our train travel too. Anyway, we arrived in Salzburg at 1030 and walked around the old city until 2. We went to Cafe Demmur and got sachretorte and saw the statue of Mozart and something very important going on at the church. I think there was a cardinal there, but I dont know what that means. I had my first weinerschnitzel ever today, it's not too bad. I needed to use ketchup.... but I didn't. Then at 2, we took the Sound of Music tour. We got to see most of the scenery used in the movie, including the lake where the kids and Maria fell into the water, both castles (we didnt go in though), all the mountains, and the church they were married in. I have tons of pictures, I just need to figure out where I am gong to upload them to. We got back to Salzburg at 545 and booked it to the train station and caught the 602 train back to Vienna. It has been a really long day, and I have an even bigger 3 weeks ahead of me at work.

I am going to be pretty busy coming up, so email me if you think I am not updating this often enough!

good night!

Friday, February 19, 2010

hi there! so today i have a conference at the Diplomatic Academy. So far it has been very interesting, and a little over my head but I'm learning a lot. Lauren 2 and I met some interns from Canada there, and they told us about how all the interns at the UN get together every Thursday night. So last night, the 5 of us went out and met all these people. It was a lot of fun, we will most likely do it every Thursday.

Anyway, while I have been here, I have seen sooooooo many people that look like friends from home. I have seen a Katelyn Furlong, Phil Rhinehart, Cara Miller, Brittany Kaback look a likes, and a few other that I can't think of right now. It's crazy.

ok, i have to get ready for this conference. I hope everyone is doing well!