Wednesday, December 14, 2011

A list of things I AM going to miss about Vienna...

-the amazing public transit system
-true seasons (even though I am not a fan of the cold)
-the ability to say I am living in Europe
-the sauna
-Martin's biergartl for dinner
-Group dinners
-the museums
-experiencing a different culture
-the more laid back, yet very productive, feeling of society

(more to be added)

Sitting in the Vienna airport....

Only 21 more hours until I am landing in Californiyayyyyyyyyy

See you all soon!

much love, bump

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Friday, December 9, 2011

A little list of things I am NOT going to miss about Vienna:

A little list of things I am NOT going to miss about Vienna:

-paying for a glass of water when out at a restaurant, with the price of water being pretty close to that of soda, juice and beer.
-paying to use a public restroom.
-being that one awkward, tall guy who seems to be in the way no matter where I sit, stand or lay on the subway, bus or streetcars.
-not having a car
-all the stores closing early in the evening Monday-Saturday, anywhere from 5 to 7 PM, and not being open on Sunday. It is extremely difficult to find some grub late at night.
-having WiFi in very very limited locations
-being surrounded by cigarette smoke pretty much everywhere I go
-the language barrier, not only when trying to speak German but also when the Austrians attempt to speak English
-having to convert KGs to LBS, EUROS to USD, and KM to Miles


Pretty exciting news here, I will be interning for IGE Abroad this coming Spring 2012 semester. IGE is the company I am currently abroad with and am excited to do some marketing, social media, and recruiting for them. I just received my internship description and am pretty dang excited for it.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

One week left here in Vienna...

it's getting down to crunch time, that's for sure!!!

there has been extremely great weather the whole time we have been here, but hopefully it snows at least once before we leave!!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Photos from Nuremberg, Germany

here are some photos from my weekend in Nuremberg

we spent most of our time in the middle of the Old City where we visited the Christmas Market.
this is the sight that welcomed us when we exited to the train station

the Christmas Market was legit.

People were everywhere!

Had a little braised beef in a gingerbread sauce with some potatoes. Yummy!

Ornaments anyone?

We also got to go visit the site where Hitler was building a Nazi Party Rally Grounds (aka a Nazi City) a little outside of the city of Nuremberg. This site is where all the rallies, marches and speeches took place. Between 1933 and 1938, six large Nazi rallies were held here.

Hitler was building a Congress Hall to the dimensions of the Coliseum in Rome.

This is the inside view. The building was never completed despite having 1,400 workers working non-stop beginning in 1935.

Looking across the man made lake to the Congress Hall.
The "Grosse Strasse" (The Great Road). A 1.2 mile long and 132 foot wide road meant to be used for a parade road.

The Main Tribune of the Zeppelin Field.

We also got to visit the museum located in the unfinished Congress Hall. 

Aerial view of what it would have looked like if the Nazi Rally Grounds were finished.

Aerial view of the unfinished Congress Hall.

The Main Tribune BEFORE

The Main Tribune AFTER

Friday, December 2, 2011

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Nuremberg, Germany

Just getting settled into our hostel here in Nuremberg, Germany. This should be an interesting place to stay given the name of the place, Let'm Sleep Hostel, and the interior decorating similar to THAT 70's SHOW. But regardless, I am back in Bavaria and am looking forward to the next couple of days. We already hit up the Christmas Markets here in Nuremberg tonight and had some delicious sausages along with some surprisingly good Chocolate Punsch.

Tomorrow, our director Kevin and his wife are going to show up around Nuremberg a little and take us to the spots where the Nazis used to hold rallies and other large functions. After that we are on our own to roam the city a little bit, maybe shop the Christmas Markets a little more before gathering for a group dinner. We are going to be here for a little over half the day on Saturday as well before heading back to Vienna.

Photos to come!

Monday, November 28, 2011

An Accidental Edit...

accidentally edited this picture and the end product came out drastically different than the original

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Going to be in SD...

from December 18th until the 22nd. 

then back to Nor Cal for Christmas with the family until the 27th or 28th which is when I will be returning to SD for good.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

i am thankful for...

my family

my friends

my gf

and the chance to study abroad in Vienna, Austria

Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

First International Econ Course Tonight

Just getting ready to head out to my first International Econ course tonight. I am looking forward to the course because it is actually taught by my own study abroad director, Dr. Kevin Archer. Should be an interesting experience because each class meetingis 4 hours long. Which makes this the longest class I will have ever taken. But the bright part about the 4 hour long class situation is that after only three weeks I will satisfy a major course requirement for my business administration degree from Point Loma.So, I should be able to survive.


Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Krakow, Poland

Traveling in Comfort

Arriving in Krakow's Train Station
The first sign that November 11th was Poland's Independence Day. We had NO idea.
Our home away from home, away from home

How could this hostel NOT be cool?

This place was much nicer than the hostel in Salzburg, Austria

Timo's being studious
Who doesn't love a buffet? And on top of that, who doesn't love a burrito buffet? We did not end up eating here but did get our Mexican fix at a place called THE MEXICAN (pictures below)

The original moat

Entering the Town Center

Another sign that November 11th was a special day. This photo was taken around 9 AM on a Friday morning and there was practically no one in the Town Center.

Of course we ate here!!! This was the first decent Mexican food we have had since leaving San Diego at the end of August.
Town Center when its dead

Town Center when its buzzing
THE Church

The Church again...

And again, with a pigeon
Hard Rock Cafe in Krakow!!! No, we did not go. Some guy in our group was being a total buzz kill about it. Not going to name any names, but his real name is Cristobal

Army Man

Captain Jack Sparrow

Uh, I don't know

No idea on this one either
Your guess is better than mine
The coldest weather I have ever been in.