Sunday, August 31, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
First of all...there are no chocolate chips. You have to buy a chocolate bar and cut your own.
I know you think these look normal, but...
really, there is no brown sugar so I just substituted granulated. I know they say you can add molasses as part of a substitute, but I couldn't find any molasses in Spar. And the vanilla is totally different. It kind of looks like the raw sugar in the brown packets you can find some places. So needless to say...they didn't taste like I'm used to. My friends were very kind in saying they were good...but they were really sugary and crunchy...I guess I'll have to find a new favorite cookie recipe...one without brown sugar and vanilla.
Monday, August 25, 2008
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Friday, August 15, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
We’ve covered topics such as:
-Visa forms for Austria
-Internet, cable and cell phones
-Rental Contracts/Renter’s Insurance
-Registering with the American Embassy
-Which option for transferring cash from the US to our Austrian Bank Account has the least amount of fees
-Opening an Austrian Bank Account
There’s always a great snack (the yogurt here is amazing!) and sometimes extra time to spend on the internet :)
First Week Activities After Orientation
-Many trips to IKEA to buy and browse
-Lunch at the deli in the EuroSpar across the street
-Kebaps from the vendor on the other corner
-Rental Contract Signing Meetings (who knew one meeting could last three hours!!)
-Independent -trips to the Hofer (pronounced [as near as I can tell] hoe-fuh)
Friday, August 8, 2008
Daily food market and weekly fleamarket
Picnic at the Schönnbrun Palace
This ended up being back at school because it started to rain.
Sunday, August 3, 2008
Church in the morning, mini tour of our neighborhood and dinner at the Rathaus. Every summer there are many food vendors of various ethnicities that have booths open. Leslie and I shared Indian & Japanese. Also at the Rathaus is a nightly film festival. They stretch a large screen in front of the building and replay old concerts. Tonight’s concert: Leonard Bernstain conducting the New York Philharmonic playing pieces by Aaron Copeland, Gershwin, and Sousa. They played “Stars and Stripes Forever” which seemed pretty normal until I realized I was in Austria!
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Phase Two: Terminal Seven-United Air Apparently even though my tickets were through Lufthansa, I was flying a United plane and the international terminal wasn’t the place for me…oops…I ended up getting a luggage cart after all.Checking in turned out to be a hassle. They still thought I was bringing my cats so it took about ten minutes to get checked in…after I had waited half an hour in the line.
Phase Three: Waiting at the GatePhase Four: Flying to London – 10 hours 30 minutes – Arriving 8:30ish London time Phase Five: Waiting at Terminal 2 in Heathrow I learned my lesson from LAX and found Austrian Airlines in Terminal Two. I wasn’t sure where to wait so I just found a flight to Vienna leaving @ 9:40. Too bad mine wasn’t until 12:55.
Phase Six: Waiting in Terminal Two Departure Lounge
Guess I wasn’t allowed to be waiting at the gate and needed to wait at the lounge to find out where my plane was departing. Of course I was too exhausted/antsy to read and just waited and waited. Finally, 25 minutes before my flight was scheduled to leave I found out which gate to go to.
Phase Eight: Flying to Vienna – 2 hours?? – Arriving 4:30ish Vienna time
I don’t remember much about this flight. I woke up to eat and was OUT.
Phase Nine: All my luggage arrived!
Phase Ten: I found Ron!! We load up my stuff and head to the school.