Sunday, February 7, 2010

Hey everyone,

So lots to tell! I went to the ball last night and it was a blast! We got there a little bit after 7 pm and immediately went to have dinner. We had a 5 star buffet in the Hofburg Palace, it was pretty incredible. From there we watched the opening ceremony, which included a Korean Drum/Dance performance, an opera performance by three IAEA employees (sounded amazing), a special guest speech by IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano, and finally debutantes from the best dancing school in Vienna. We then found our friends from work and went all over with them. There were 4000 people at the ball, so it was rather crowded. There were also 8 different types of music being performed in different rooms: Salsa, disco, ballroom dancing, rock and roll, reggae, swing, celtic, and one more I can't remember because we didn't go there. We couldn't find the celtic room either =(. It was so exciting to actually attend a ball and especially one in a palace. We finally headed home around 145, even though the ball went until 4, our feet hurt!

Today, we woke up a bit later and then headed out. We went to Belvedere Palalce, which is a museum that is displaying Gustav Klimpt, a famous Austrian artist. In his paintings he used gold and silver along with oil, he has some pretty wonderful pieces of work. We only went to the Upper Belvedere today though, we are saving Lower Belvedere for another time. After we were done there, we wondered over to Stephansdome and looked around there. Stephansdome is a beautiful gothic church in the middle of the city. I took a lot of pictures there, but it was a darker place so they didn't turn out too well... Anyway, after that we came home and have been relaxing. I am about to go to bed because I have a long day at work tomorrow!

You can see all my pictures at this website :

Oh yea, and everyone wears fur here...everyone...

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