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The First Month

My calendar is trying to tell me that I've been here for a month already, but I'm finding it very hard to believe. I can only hope that the next four months don't fly by as fast! A lot has happened in the last month and I feel like I've grown up a lot in the process.
Two of the last four weeks were spent with my professor diving head first into German grammar. After this orientation I'm really excited to see where my German will be at the end of the semester! I finally got to register for my classes-bring on fifteen hours of courses taught in German instead of English.
I'm currently in the process of learning how to cook every meal for myself and make sure that I'm eating properly. Grocery shopping here is a fun game I like to call, I only want to go once this week but I have to carry all the groceries five blocks home in one trip. This trip is making me very grateful for Google and it's ability to tell me how to cook food in one of the three pots/skillets I own. There is only one kitchen on each floor as well so it can be interesting sometimes how many languages you hear while cooking dinner!
Classes start this week and it's going to be a harsh reality that this trip isn't all fun and games. After being out of class for three months I'm interested to see just how much I procrastinate on my first homework assignment. I've definitely taken advantage of not being in class for the last month though! I've been able to be a tourist in my own city and every day has been an amazing new adventure full of museums, cake, and coffee! The first museum I went to was the Museum of Natural History and it had dinosaurs so naturally it was one of the coolest things I've ever seen! The museum was full of exhibits on rocks and minerals, asteroids, dinosaurs, mammoths, the impact of humans on the earth, and a lot of animals, both extinct and living. My favorite part was the femur of a dinosaur that they had on display for visitors to touch!
I also got to go on a tour of Vienna's Parliament building. It was a beautiful building that the representatives of the different political parties meet in to make decisions. It was an interesting building to see with incredibly ornate artwork of the Greek gods and goddesses lining the hallways. We also got to see the parts of the building that were bombed in the second world war.
Vienna was one of the homes of Sigmund Freud, father of psychology. Being a psychology major I made going to the Sigmund Freud Museum a priority. The museum is housed in the apartment he lived in with his family before he was exiled from Austria and made the move to London. Getting to see and be in the room that he treated his patients in was such a cool opportunity! The only disappointing thing about the museum was that his couch isn't housed in this museum, but in the one in London.
Some of the other places I've been are the Spanish Riding School, the Vienna Museum, The Roman Museum, and the Clock Museum! Everything I've seen in the city has made me fall more in love with it! It's going to be hard to leave in June. Even getting lost here is fun, because everywhere you turn is another beautiful building or monument!
I can't wait to see where my travels and the rest of my time in Vienna take me! I'll try not to wait as long to post another blog post next time :)

Posted by Skraft94 07:27 Archived in Austria

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