Monday, 19 December 2011

Mozart's Crib

Current Fav. Artist: andrew bird
Song: "skin is, my"
*for fans of Rufus Wainwright
Listened to this on the bus this weekend enough times that I would really have annoyed someone that wasn't as completely enthralled as I was.

This weekend was the Salzburg Rotary Christmas get together and I have to say: my European independence is growing.
What I enjoyed more than I thought I would was the train+bus ride to and from Salzburg. I’m someone who enjoys a good 5 hours of independence, self selected ipod music, and personal introspection. It was really like a cleansing.
Once in the lovely town of salt I took a few minutes to enjoy a leisurely coffee while pondering over my map and deciding the best route to the hostel.

*Traveling tip: Leave yourself more than enough time to enjoy what would normally be a rather hectic procedure. (ie: finding the hostel by 16:00)

The weekend was oddly short. We had plenty of free time to meander around the shops and Chriskindelmarkt. And surprise to me; we went skating. I’m usually someone who would rather relax with a book by the fire with plenty of friction beneath me, but it was retrospectively worth it, (and I suppose at the time as well). Now I have bragging rights to say, “I went ice skating in Salzbug, what did you do this weekend?” It was great to see my other exchange student friends and all discuss our experiences (which when you are an exchange student mostly boils down to complaining about your problems). Lucky for me I have very few. Next event I will be participating in with Rotary will be Euro Tour in May so I will be making an effort to see by exchange student friends at some point before that (which is also an excellent excuse to travel). I think by the end of this year I will have been bitten by the travel bug. Once you realize how easy it is and get a little braver about the whole thing in general it just opens doors. 
Now as for my review of Salzburg. Lovely quaint little town. It was smaller than I expected, but that is sort of an Austrian thing. It’s a similar notion to when people say everything is bigger in Texas, well, everything is smaller in Austria. (Please don’t take that as a bad thing, I like it. Not everything, well most things really, shouldn’t be “super-sized” in my opinion.) This is a place I would love to spend a little more time in. An excellent vacation spot for anyone heading this way, like by best friend Heather! I’m not sure if i mentioned this, but my best friend from Canada is doing 3 months of Au Pair work very near to Salzburg! Here is her blog so you can check it out! (She’s talked about it a little bit.) So I will definitely have a reason to go back, excellent. It seems like my like is just falling perfectly into place lately. Even my German is getting noticeably better. We had said that hopefully by Christmas I would be understanding everything. Well, not everything, but I think I can confidently say most at the moment! (Which I am very proud of.) But after the calm always comes the storm (wow, thats pessimistic of me).
I doubt this will be the last post before Christmas, but Happy Holidays and enjoy it!  

Beret sistas

Chriskindelmarkt at the top of the castle.

From the top of the castle


Chocolate covered gingerbread-like dough with marzipan inside! Delicious!

Eislaufen! (Ice skating)

There are more pictures... we just have to wait until they are posted on FaceBook

I bought something from here...
Not telling what! 

Mozart's Crib.
(in the literal and Urban Dictionary sense) 

I need to work on my "kissie face" not enough LG practice...

Another Goodie by Mr. Bird: "Opposite Day"

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for plugging my blog! Haha I think I'm going to re-vamp it over Christmas like you wanted a long time ago. I can't wait to spend time with you in Salzburg! You are definitely going to have to be my translator... Unless you think people will understand me if I just say NEIN to everything. Merry Christmas! Love you!