Friday, August 25, 2006



I made it safely to all of my destinations and am now in my pension in Vienna, waiting to go out to eat. Let me give you all a little heads up on what's been going on:

Despite all the concern over the amount of time it would take to get though airport security, I made it all the way through and to my gate in just about 45 minutes. I was happy about that. I got on my flight to Boston where I enjoyed visiting Brittany and Emily getting inroduced to all their friends there. Then I was on the Fung Wah bus which took me straight into New York's China Town (which Bridger correctly called a "steaming dump") and met up with some friends there. New York to be honest was quite culturally shocking to me, much more so than here in Vienna. Maybe that was partly because I was alone for some of my time there and I knew I had to go to Vienna all by myself (or so I thought). But I did get to see a taping of the Late Show with David Letterman. He had Chris Elliot, Nancy Pulousi (sp?) (a politician from California), and the band Razorlite. So if you see that show, know that I was the one applauding in the audience. That was really fun to see.

The next day I went to JFK about seven hours before my flight was supposed to leave because I didn't have anything better to do and I didn't want to be hauling all my luggage around NYC (again!). The airport was totally empty (including workers) when I got there, so that was a really weird thing. I ate the best strawberries of my life there too.

Right before my flight boarded, my friend from the Berlin classes called me and asked which gate I was at. (I'm purposefully "breaking" the preposition placement "rule".) Anyway, it turned out we were on the same flight to Austria, which turned out to be a huge blessing because I had no idea how to get to the pension where we're staying. I don't know what I was thinking.

Since I've been here in Austria, I've seen some cool churches, an art museum, and spent some time in the cafes. The place is very nice and super super clean. Everything costs money (this isn't surprising to people who have been to Europe). Our time in Vienna is very short though--we're leaving tomorrow to go to Dorfgastein, a time Alpine town. I can't imagine I'll have the internet there, but it's nice to be able to get one blog up now. I imagine when I get to Berlin, a stable internet connection will be more accessible.

That's it for now. I've gotta go get something to eat, then repack my bags for the big trips ahead. I tried to put pictures on this, but they took way too long to load with my weak weak internet reception. Sorry. They'll come later.

Love goes out to everyone,


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