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Trip Start May 07, 2012
14Trip End May 16, 2012
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After this event, we had some free time for lunch and shopping, so I set off with a group of fellow students to explore the town. We came across a fantastic folk trio from Russia playing in the street. I bought one of their CD's while Nicole and Curtis tried their hand at dancing the tango.
Around 4:00, we had a walking tour of the city by a licensed guide. She showed us around the historical aspects of Baden, including a chance to walk through a limestone tunnel carved by the Romans around 50 BC. The tunnel led to one of the original Roman hot spring wells. It smelled of sulphur, but it was truly fascinating.
After the walking tour was the final prize ceremony for the competition. The theater was really, really warm. Austrians generally do not use air conditioning, and this theater was at least 20 degrees warmer than the outside. The English translator for the ceremony gave a valiant effort, but her translations were a bit rough and sometimes she just gave up. We sang Mozart's "Ave verum corpus" and the European Hymn, based on the Ode to Joy. The big winners were the Argentinians, who took both the compulsory and the grand prize. They were quite good. Finally, the day ended with a big party in which our students and the Argentinians lit up the dance floor.