Sunday, September 14, 2008

Rollercoasters are scary, but fun

I am writing to you all from Stephen's university in Klagenfurt, Austria.  Klagenfurt is the capital of the region of Corinthia (so Stephen is currently a Corinthian, ha) and is in southern Austria.  It is very close to the borders of Italy and Slovenia.  For example, Stephen can get to Venice faster than to Vienna.  It's a very interesting city that, though it is still very Austrian, also has all the signs translated into Italian and Slovenian.  I would say it is a little smaller than Indendence, MO but being a cultural center of southern Austria, it obviously is cooler than Independence.  A lot less meth too, I would imagine. :)

I will be leaving here tomorrow afternoon for my journey to Bucharest.  I will leave Klagenfurt at 1 PM and get to Bucharest at 2 PM.  The next day.  Oh dear.  I have 5 books, my DS, my iPod shuffle, my computer, and a pillow.  I really hope I can make it through this with my sanity.

Bucharest will also be a little tricky because I am by myself and I am a female.  This means I have to be in my hostel before it gets dark out.  Thank god the hostel has wi fi and I have my laptop!  If anyone wants to Skype, after dark in Romania would be a good time for me. :)

Before you go to study abroad, everyone and their mom tells you about the rollercoaster of emotions you will go through when going abroad.  For example, I have just finished up with the honeymoon phase.  It's interesting to see how true that rollercoaster analogy is.  Study abroad is hard on your emotions and is definitely an up and down thing.  Apparently re-entry into the US is equally difficult.  Definitely scary, but definitely fun.

I will update again during one of the long evenings in a hostel that I have ahead of me.  Wish me luck!

5 comments:

Gary said...

We have a saying here in Blue Springs: "I agree with your trashing of Independence, and I will defend to the death your right to trash it."

What is a DS? When would be an optimal time for us to Skype?

Peter said...

I don't know which is funnier gary, the quote, or you not knowing what a DS is when Beth and Stephen are obsessed with them...

Meth is yummy...

Shallow and padentic

Tiffany said...

i'm sorry your on am emotional rollercoaster...maybe a high point will come soon....

Be careful going to ur hostel...

Emily McKnight said...

you're so freakin awesome and I'm so jealous! How are you travelling so much? The rest of your eurorail? I have five things left, but they expire the 23rd. It sounds like you're having a great time and I'm really happy for you. You're living this out to the fullest : )

G AND G O. said...

BETHANY, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR CONTINUING GOOD REPORTING OF ALL YOUR CONTINUING ADVENTURES. HOPE YOU CAN SEE A PRETTY STARLIT ROMANIAN-AUSTRIAN SKY FROM YOUR HOSTEL WINDOW DURING THE AFTER DARK CURFEW. SLOW THAT ROLLER COASTER DOWN A LITTLE, LET THE WHEELS COOL AND DON'T TAKE ANY WOODEN NICKELS (OR EUROS)**OLD SAYING FROM THE OLD SCHOOL**. MAY YOUR JOURNEY BE FULL OF HAPPINESS FROM START TO FINISH. LOVE FROM G AND G O.