March 15th: 

Back to Austria, but I grabbed a cupcake on my way out of NYC.  Why doesn’t Austria have more cupcakes??  So delicious!  

March 16th:

Spring is here!

March 17th:

And with spring comes rain.  Blah.

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Back!

I’m behind, I know.  I misplaced my camera for awhile, but I found it.  Since I think over 2 weeks of photos at one time is overkill I’ll just upload a few for now.

March 11th:

NYC!  Times Square…our hotel was about a five minute walk from here!

March 12th:

Mexican food in SoHo.  So good!  Decent (well, excellent) enchiladas…finally!  This place actually rivals my favorite Mexican place of all time in T.O.  To those of you who know me, I can hardly believe it myself.

March 13th:

View from the Rockafeller Center.  

March 14th:

Salad with roasted red peppers, feta, chickpeas, croutons and caper vinaigrette dressing, beer from the tap and sweet potato fries.  Perfect American lunch.  Yum. 

My computer is too slow so that’s it for now.  The rest of the pictures and more NYC to come. 

I usually make it a point to NOT go to Starbucks when I’m in Austria as there are many more enjoyable coffee houses here, but I learned that they were introducing ‘cake pops’ and I had to check them out.  I had two coupons for a “free” cake pop with purchase of a beverage and the anticipation was definitely high.  Perhaps a little too high though, because these were nothing like the cake ball I was expecting.  I think part of the problem was the treat has been changed to cater to Europeans and I’m guessing it’s also lacking trans fat and many other things that would make it delicious.  Anyway, I will not be returning to a Viennese Starbucks anytime soon.  I may step foot inside an American one though, as tomorrow I’m going to NYC! Woo…America, here I come!  

March 5th:

Allison about to enjoy a delicious original Sachertorte at Sacher Stube.  A Sachertorte is similar to a piece of chocolate cake, but way better.

March 6th:

“Planet Earth: Directions for Use”  These boxes were available in English and German at a coffee shop.  Inside are explanations of how our planet works.  I believe it was produced by the Austrian Educational Commission.  A pretty cool idea.

March 7th:

This is the advertising campaign for the post office. This sign says “If it’s really important, then it’s best to send it by post.”  I think this campaign is creative, eye catching and really funny.  Props, Austrian post office.  

March 8th:

Yum. These are krapfen, a kind of Austrian jelly filled doughnut, only tastier and not as greasy as a doughnut.  Today was Faschingsdienstag aka Mardi Gras, but it’s celebrated somewhat differently.  Fasching lasts from November until today, during which krapfen are the baked good of choice.  On Faschingsdienstag, children and adults alike dress up, much like Halloween in the US.  By 4:30p.m. the bars were already packed and many people roamed the streets in costume.  Unfortunately my only celebrating today was the consumption of these krapfen, but I suppose that’s enough for me.  🙂

March 2nd:

This is a sign at the entrance to a walking path along rows of gardens.  It pretty much just says that dogs aren’t allowed in, but the chihuahua in glasses cracks me up.

March 3rd:

The store/kiosk in front of one of my schools.  The best part is obviously the hotdog clad in the US flag.

March 4th:

The view of Prater (an amusement park in Vienna) from my friend Allison’s apartment.  Jealous.  

My lack of posting is partially due to laziness (okay, actually that’s a big part of it) and partially due to the fact that my computer is so freaking slow. My apologies.  I actually tried to do this yesterday and my computer was just not having it. 

Feb. 18th:

The Naschmarkt in Vienna.  If you need something specific in the way of food, the Naschmarkt is the place to get it.  Every imaginable fruit, vegetable, sauce, sweet, spice and more.  Usually there are a lot more people at this place, but the weather wasn’t great.  I may have to post another picture when the atmosphere looks a little more lively. 

Feb. 19th:

One of my favorite bars-Donau Bar.  There are usually images projected onto the wall, although they aren’t usually about English.  This says something like “English is the criminal/underground/organized crime language”.  Pretty odd, but thought provoking I suppose.

Feb. 20th:

All of this is made out of marzipan.  Austrians are pretty obsessed with it.  Shops like this selling marzipan animals, sausages, fruits, etc. are quite common, not to mention it’s found in many well known pastries and candies.  It’s not my favorite, but I definitely don’t hate it.  (I would never eat anything like the above though…I’m not even sure you should eat it!)

Feb. 21st:

There are very few, if any, direct trains to Horn from Vienna.  That means I have to wait awkward amounts of time in small towns.  This particular town is called Zellerndorf, population: 3,000.

Feb. 22nd:

After about a week, the sun finally returned to Horn.  Thankfully it has stuck around since.  I’m pretty sure this is part of the outdoor swimming pool, still partially frozen.

Feb. 23rd:

Orchids.  🙂

Feb. 24th:

Totally empty train.  Somewhat creepy.

Feb. 25th:

Spinatnockerln…small dumplings made out of spinach and covered in cheese.  Yum.

Feb. 26th:

Stephansdom, Vienna’s cathedral.  I love the history here. 

Feb. 27th:

Demmel Cafe has an observation room where you can watch as cakes and pastries are decorated. 

Feb. 28th:

These signs seem to be common around Horn.  It says something like “Nature in the garden. Healthy owners keep us healthy.”  From what I understand, you should put this in front of your yard if you keep it natural.  For example, letting the grass grow (not mowing the lawn) and having a fence open enough for animals to get in and out.  Not sure of all of the rules, but I think it’s really cool.  I wish America would adopt an attitude like this!  And yes, there are wild hedgehogs in Austria!

Mar. 1st:

An artsy attempt.  Today was not a very exciting day.