Monday, August 25, 2008
Of Italian Palaces...
I'm in Vienna! I know, I know. I'm finally here. I got back from Mariazell yesterday. My roommates and I moved into our apartment yesterday afternoon. It is absolutely incredible! I am living in the 9th district, which is a residential area in the middle of the city. The apartment itself is huge and very, very nice. Definitely the nicest apartment I will be in for a LONG time! We have a nice kitchen, a big living room, bathroom, two bedrooms, and tons of storage space. If anyone wants to visit Vienna, I have two couches that turn into beds! The area around our apartment is full of food, bars, stores, etc. It's about a 5-7 minutes to the U-Bahn and about 10 minutes on the U-Bahn to the IES Center.
The IES Center is in a palace built a few hundred years ago by an Italian member of the Hapsburg Empire. Yeah. It really is a freaking palace. There is gold EVERYWHERE and even more marble. There are statues and art all over. I am learning in classrooms that used to be ballrooms. I will put up pictures later. It's in the 1st district, which is within walking distance of all of these incredible markets, opera houses, and theaters. As you can tell, I am very excited about all of this.
I got to see Stephen yesterday for a few hours. It was sooooo nice!
I'm going to Bratislava this weekend with a few girls. Fun! (For those of you who haven't taken Geography in a while, Bratislava is the capital or Slovakia.) Should be pretty interesting.
I had my first German class today. I am in advanced German (5th level). I will be having German 3 hours a day for the next 3 weeks, which sucks. But I feel like I am already getting so much better at my German. My teacher is a late-20s woman who seems really cool.
Update me, people. Seriously.