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Friday, January 12, 2007

So here I am - in Vienna, that is. I don't want to bore anyone, so I won't write too much, but I'll mention the highlights of the first few days for anyone interesting.

My flight was long, as was expected. It was fun talking in German half the time to the stewards and stewardesses. I ended up managing to get a vegetarian dinner, which I was concerned wouldn't happen. No meat in Vienna... that'll be fun, but so far it hasn't been hard. One of my bags ended up on the wrong plane, so I told the airline to deliver it to the university, and I was quite worried about it until I finally picked it up the next day.

After an initial bout of homesickness, I've enjoyed hanging out with the other five students studying abroad from St. Louis, my RA, and some other Webster-Vienna students living in the same student housing. This is a fantastic city, and there is a limitless amount of things to do and see - plus easy access to other cities across the continent. We had a little orientation yesterday, and classes start up Monday. I'm finally truly excited to be here and take advantage of everything here.

To close, a strange story: This morning, a bunch of us were meeting to go downtown to take a short tourbus ride. Before I left my room, I opened the window to check the weather, and it was pleasant enough, so I grabbed my lighter jacket. By the time I stepped outside, it was rainy, windy, grey, and much colder. It only rained harder, and while walking between two of the buildings I suddenly heard I loud crash and some sort of wooden concoction fell from the sky and smashed down right in front of me. Part of it hit me in the leg, which rather hurt. I went back to my room to look at the wound, and it's not too bad. I put on my warmer jacket, but by the time we got on the S-Bahn to get downtown, the weather was back to normal. It was weird.

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jimbo2
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pretty cool
patrick, enjoyed your blog. i'll probably do most of my communicating by e-mail, but want to check this out. what was it that feel and hit you?

dad

golinda
golinda on

weather abroad
Thanks, Pat, I had to sign up for this just to leave you a message... I could have simply sent an email...

I found the Geneva weather to be extremely erratic - gorgeous day, mid-afternoon snowstorm. This silliness continued until April in 2005. I hope you have better luck, but be prepared.

Now I'll email.

jdp97711
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Vacek, you ole coot
Good to hear that Vienna finds you well. I've been listening to the latest Folkor recordings and the front half of the Sugar Mountain Demos is some of your finest work to date. I'll drop you a line when I've gotten through the rest of it.

School goes well here. Omaha is snowed in and I'm whiling away the hours working on this evolutionary biology class. Are you familiar with Richard Dawkins? Look him up.

Toodles,
Joshua

dhv8388
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From your aunt Diane
Pat, What a great ideal. I can't think of a better way to keep us all apprised of your experience.
Enjoy
Aunt Diane

martiev
martiev on

From Aunt Martie
I will look forward to checking your blog regularly. Can't wait to see some pics! I imagine Austria to be an amazing place. Will you try skiing? Please include me on your email list. Thanks, and enjoy your semester!

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