Vienna Journals

A semester in the City of Music

An August 2001 trip to Vienna by charolastra24

Quote: For four months, I was a student at the Institute for European Studies, an IES Abroad program, in Vienna Austria. Check out this journal and find four months of accumulated experiences at your fingertips!

A semester in the City of Music

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Overview

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Take a stroll through the Imperial Quarter and see the history of the Habsburgs at your feet. Spend a morning with a cup or two of steaming Viennese coffee, a plate of torte, and a good book or travel journal at one of the hundreds of traditional cafes in Vienna. Wile away an afternoon by strolling through the gardens at Schonbrunn palace. And drink the night away with some good Austrian wine and a platter of wiener schnitzel at one of the city's many heurigen (wine taverns). Catch a Sunday Mass at the Hofburg Chapel and be moved by the sublimity of the Vienna Boys Choir. The possibilities in Vienna are limitless!Quick Tips: Concentrate your time on the area inside the Ringstras...Read More

My feelings, in reflection

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Vienna is perhaps best summed up by the words of one of my favorite authors, John Irving, who writes in The World According to Garp, "It was Garp's experience to live in a city that made him feel peculiar to be eighteen years old...this must have contributed to his increasing sense that Vienna was more of 'a museum housing a dead city'...than it was a city that was still alive." Irving should know, as he studied at the very same Institute for European Studies where I spent the fall of 2001. Vienna does, indeed, make one feel odd to be young. The city is incredibly well preserved - almost obsessively so, to the point where one feels modernity has slipped away. This peculiar "pickled" quali...Read More

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charolastra24

charolastra24
Hampden, Maine

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