Tales from the Crowned Jewels of Europe, Part II
Trip Start Jan 08, 2008
12Trip End May 17, 2008
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I took my Parents to a traditional Austrian winery when we were in Vienna. Despite my knowledge about Viennese customs, my Dad STILL insisted that we ask to be seated as opposed to seating ourselves. This inquiry fortuitously caused us to be
"Oh ok, we can be friends then!"
Her husband could understand the following conversation but was too unsure with his English to respond in said language. Throughout our chat, we discovered that she used to live in Vienna but now she lives in Munich. After a long meal, we found out that her flat
Karin and Thomas wrote down their information for me and offered to be a contact if I travel to Munich and my parents offered to show them around Houston when they visit the US. Apparently Thomas is quite taken with the Houston skyline. Who would have thought?
Poorly Translated English
I am constantly amazed by the European's mastery of the English language. They start studying English at 6 years old and continue with English lessons through high school. I'm having more and more German transactions as my German improves but I took my parents to a lot of touristy places that cater to American tourists so everything is in English. I've noticed that although English is a Germanic language, German does not translate well and it provided some entertainment for my Mom and me.
At the Spanish Riding School, the Master of Ceremonies flawlessly switched from German to English between each event. He was even able to make jokes in English which I think is a major sign of fluency. I made a habit of practicing translating his German into English before he did but I was caught of guard at
Hungarian Rainy Day Blues
The weather throughout the week was not so good. In fact, it was miserable and Budapest's weather was the worst. In rained most of the time we were in Budapest so we occupied ourselves with boat cruises, Hungarian folk shows, and a bus tour. We dreaded every time we had to go outside and the walking distance to the public transportation seemed to get longer with every goose bump. I'm excited that I will be traveling to Budapest again with my Hungarian professor in May so I will experience that beauty that I've heard so much about but haven't yet experienced.
A Comment on Parents
My parents do a great job of letting me know that they are proud of me and that they miss me and I appreciate them for that. This trip made me realize that parents are the same in every country.
The Hungarian folk show consisted of about 12 musicians and 10 dancers. It was a very entertaining show but what
Also, when it was time for my Parent's and me to part ways, my observations about parents were further solidified. My Parents insisted that I take a train back to Vienna the night before their flight to Houston left. They wanted to make sure that I was safe and sound in my flat so they didn't have to worry on their plane ride. My imminent departure was very stressful for my Dad because he was uncertain about the Hungarian train station process and was uncomfortable with my "open ticket" which didn't denote a specific time for my train. We ended up arriving at the train station about an hour before the next train and he paced back and forth looking for the gate number to appear on the departure board.
When it was time to head for the gate, we noticed that a ticket controller was checking tickets at the entrance to the platform which meant my parents could not see their little girl actually get on the train. This made them uneasy. My Dad pleaded with the Hungarian ticket controller to enter the platform without a ticket but she couldn't understand his
This was a nearly perfect trip and I couldn't ask for anymore. Every time I tell someone new that my parents came for Spring Break, they are all very jealous. Studying abroad really makes a student realize how important their parents are. I appreciate mine very much and can't wait to see them again.