Tuesday, February 24, 2009
PS- Here are some pictures, as promised!
Friday, February 20, 2009
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
P.S I might to go a ball next week. For real. I'll keep you posted! Bis bald!
Sunday, February 15, 2009
On friday I went on my third walking tour. It was so cold!!!! We saw interesting things though, like the house where Mozart composed the Marriage of Figaro. I also ate at the place that has the biggest Wiener Schnitzel in Wien. We then went to the LDS outreach, stuffed ourselves with waffles, and watched movies. Yay! Saturday Britain and I awoke to a call from Dr. Vincent informing us that our study abroad group would be giving a concert in 24 hours. Yikes! I then went to Naschmarkt, and went to lunch with Naomi and Emily. Viel spass. After lunch, Britain, Laura, Naomi and I hung out at my apartment, and then went on an uber romantic girl dinner date. Then I went to Die Zauberfloete! It was so fun. I really enjoyed that show. The staging was fun, and overall the singing was very good. There were some things in that show that I thought were a little off, but it was so fun. Today I went over to Dr. Vincent's to help out with things before the concert. We ate lunch, which was tasty, and then we all practiced the rep for the concert. We then headed over to the stake center for sacrament meeting. After church, we all huddled in the kitchen and ate rice. Then I warmed up and sang with Ty, Naomi, and Laura. That was so fun! It's always fun to sing with talented friends. Then it was time for the concert. The performance was so fun! I haven't performed in a concert setting in a long time, and it was so great to sing on a concert with my friends. The Viennese are so appreciative of classical music, which is not something I'm completely used to yet. After the performance, we got a chance to speak to the church members, which was so wonderful. I spoke mostly in German, which was exciting, even if I didn't understand everything people said. Tonight was one of those times when I feel that yes, I really am doing the right thing with my life. I love singing, and I love the affect that music has on people's hearts. I want to make people happy through my music. It is so important to remind myself that the goal of singing is not my own satisfaction, but rather the peace that can come to other people. If I can can be the vehicle through which a person's soul is touched, then all everything is worth it. That is the ultimate goal. I am excited to have more performance opportunities, and am motivated to keep moving forward. Bis bald!
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Maria am Gestade
Holocaust memorial in Judenplatz. It really was quite chilling to see it in person.
This is an inscription on the base of the memorial. You can see the ridges in this picture, which are books with their spines turned inward. These books represent the lives of the more than 65,000 Austrian Jews who were killed. The fact that their spines are turned to the inside of the memorial represent the idea that their lives are closed, and only the dead can read them.
After we finished the tour, we ate at the Schottenring Cafe and had Wienerschnitzel, which was tasty. Then Becky, Joseph, and I went to Stiffelio at the Staatsoper. I have never heard such beautiful singin in my life. It was rich, and powerful, but delicate and untouchable at the same time. Here is a picture of me with the fabulous soprano, Hui He. She blew my mind, she was so great!
Well, that just about wraps it up for the past two days! Tschuess!
Friday, February 6, 2009
Crown of the Holy Roman Emperors (1500) each stone represents virtues that the Emperor should posses.
Crown, orb, and scepter used at coronations
This was a gift to the Holy Roman Emperor.
Pretty cool huh? Yesterday I had german class, and then master class. I sang Widmung, and it was fun. Then, Emily and I went to this awesome place called the Schottenring Cafe. We hopped on a random Strassenbahn and found this little gem of a place right down the road from my apartment. It is extremely Viennese in feeling and decor, and the food was very authentic as well. There was a pianist playing all sorts of fun music. Emily and I felt very sophisticated as we ate our Wiener Schnizel and Topfenstrudel and listened to music. The cafe was built in 1878, I believe, and it had the character to match its age!The cafe!
Wiener Schnizel! It was so good! Mind you that this is only half. A whole one would be huge! Emily and I split it because it's kind of expensive.
Today I slept in (yay!), and then had lunch with some people from our group, and two girls that we met at the LDS outreach insitute. We had burritos. It was great to socialize with some of our newfound friends! After lunch, I went to a free organ concert at Peterskirche. It was so beautiful. The music was great, and the church was so pretty! I love how many concerts are given here! You could go to a show or performance of some kind any day, no problem.Again, here are pics.
After the concert, Laura, Emily, and I wandered around for a little while before meeting up with some other people from the group for dinner. We ate at yet another cafe. Hooray! We also got lost for a little while and found some Roman ruins, the Spanish Riding School, and some great museums. After dinner, we went to (dramatic music) a stake dance. It was quite the experience. They definently don't dance the way we do in the US. It was like this bizzare fusion of ballroom and freestyle wierdness. I guess I shouldn't say that it was bizzare. It's just not something I'm used to, I suppose. It really was fun though. We got to talk with some of the people we met at the church institute on Monday night, so that was great. Tomorrow Britain and I are planning to go on a hunt for oversized lockets for our duet, do our second walking tour, and then go ice skating! If you want to see more pictures, check out my facebook. I don't think blogger will let me post any more. Auf wiedersehen!
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
1. People will actually speak German to you if you try, even though they totally know you’re American.
2. They drive on the right hand side of the road. Not the left like I thought they would.
3. The city feels safer than I thought it would.
4. The Danube is not brown and disgusting.
5. Little kids who speak German are really cute.
6. You actually can find food for less than 5 euro. Praise!
7. I can actually survive in foreign country by myself. Who knew?
8. Foreign ATM’s aren’t as scary as I thought they would be
9. No one here drives SUV’s (I kind of knew that already).
10. The tap water is DELICIOUS!!!!
11. The chocolate is also amazing, of course!
12. Austrians love lemon and raspberry flavored things.
13. They love tons of herbs on their food.
14. Every Austrian I have come in contact with is very knowledgeable about classical music. They take their heritage very seriously.
15. Austrians love traditions.
16. The bread here is awesome.
17. The yogurt is great, and I don’t even like yogurt! I had an apple yogurt today, and it was amazing.
18. The paper size is different. It is long and skinny. Weird.
19. Buildings are heated by radiators as opposed to central heating.
20. Punctuality is extremely important to the Viennese. Britain and I were late for dinner once, and it was bad news.
21. The people here are absolutely not afraid to give you a really nasty look if they think that you are being too loud on the subway, which happens all the time with a group of ten American musicians.
22. The desserts are epic.
23. They put salami on pizza instead of pepperoni.
24. There is this drink called Almdudler, and it is sooooooo good! It’s like this weird spiced lemon soda. I don’t actually know what’s in it, but it’s oddly scrumptious!
25. When the hot water in the shower runs out, it’s not coming back.
26. Don’t run for the U-bahn. It’s just embarrassing, and people laugh at you.
27. Take music history before you come, or else your crazy German teacher will be very upset.
28. Johann and Richard’s last name is SSSSSSSSSSSSHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHTTTRAUUUUUOOOOOOOSSSSSSSSSSSS!
29. It’s great when people “remember” to do things.
30. Crazy wallpaper is a way of life.
31. It’s Danke, not Daaaaahnke.
32. Bring napkins for when your yogurt explodes all over your avocado while you’re waiting in line for tickets to the Staatsoper. Very important.
33. Scarves are the best.
34. Always run for the Strassenbahn when there’s a flock of pigeons close by, but only then. Otherwise, you look silly.
35. Old fashioned keys are still very much in style.
36. The Opera Toilette in the U-bahn station scares me. It smells really weird, and bad, and has classical music emanating from its depths. Creepy.
37. Vienna is a good hair city.
38. Ketchup costs twenty cents a packet.
39. Prepare yourself for European smells.
40. It’s not Leipzig, it’s LEIP-ZIG!
41. They have gigantic dogs here, and they come on the U-bahn.
42. They also have some tiny dogs.
43. The police sirens are even musical!
44. Trash men wear bright orange uniforms.
45. Fur coats are awesome, especially on really old ladies.
46. Billa is my friend.
47. There is a real Danube and a fake Danube.
48. Don’t call an Austrian a German.
49. Don’t call a German an Austrian.
50. The police don’t really like it when you eat Weiner Schnitzel on the floor of the U-bahn station late at night.
51. The transportation system rocks.
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
After class yesterday, we went over to the church's youth outreach institute for FHE. It was this great building run by the elders, and senior missionaries. They have foosball, a pool table, and a piano. It was fun to just hang out with some Austrian people our age. There were also some Germans and other Americans. It's been really interesting to interact with the Austrian people. They are very kind people, but they are also very private people - not as warm as many Americans. However, we met the other girl who is living in the room next door today, and she is so fun. Her name is Johanna, and she is from Linz, Austria. She just graduated in Marketing. We talked to her about music, school, and her studies in the US and Australia. She speaks beautiful English, and was very fun to talk with. It really amazes me how informed all the Austrians seem to be when it comes to music. I have yet to meet one who did not want to talk about music with me if it came up. It's so fun, and I learn a lot from those conversations. Well, that's all for now. I've got to go examine the inside of my eyelids. Guten nacht!
Sunday, February 1, 2009
Britain and I waiting for our opera tickets
Inside the Staatsoper
A holocaust memorial outside my house. This is where the Gestapo house used to be, before it was bombed. The engraving at the top (niemals vergessen) means never forget.