For some reason my computer thinks that about a third of my pictures are not in a compatible format.  Obviously they’re all coming from the same camera so that doesn’t make any sense, but at least in explains the missing days!  If anyone has any insight as to why my computer is doing this, please tell!

June 18th:

Rainbow Parade!  Basically it was a giant party in the street.  It shut down the entire Ringstrasse!  

June 19th:

I can’t remember the name of this place.  I remember that it’s somewhere where the royals vacationed and that the town has excellent gelato.  Hm, I’ll edit when I find out. It’s pretty though, right?


I’ve been MIA due to the fact that I’ve been playing the role of summer camp counselor since my return to Austria.  For those of you who may think otherwise, I thoroughly enjoyed it.  Hanging out it kids all day is (usually) more fun than hanging out with adults I discovered.  It also helped that the camp was held in a GORGEOUS part of Austria, Zell am See.   Fun times.

June 6th:

These two pictures are from Rust (pronounced something like Roooust) near Neusiedlersee (Neusiedler Lake).  I guess they decided they wanted to up the population of storks living there so they build nests for them everywhere.  On apartments, government buildings, cemeteries.  They count the number of storks they have and the number of babies or eggs as well and post it for everyone to see.  The city even had a nifty stork life cycle information plaque for visitors.  Props, Rust.  

June 10th:

The Holocaust Memorial at Judenplatz in Vienna’s first district.  I’m sorry thatI didn’t get a closer picture.  It is actually made up of concrete “books” that are turned inside out. You can read more about it here.

June 17th:

My friend, Mallory, is an au pair near Horn.  This is the puppy her family had recently brought home.  I want it!

Not sure why I can’t find any pictures from the 10th through the 17th.  I’ll look around.  It’s possible I didn’t take any that week though as it was kind of a rough one for me. Oh well, I’ve taken about 700 pictures in the past month so I think I can make up for it!

Well, I leave Oklahoma tomorrow to go back to Vienna.  Bittersweet.  I won’t miss the heat here though!  Just so everyone knows, I’m flying British Airways due to a temporary moment of desperation concerning tickets and prices. I would just like to say that you should never, ever fly with this company.  They are crooks.  Among many other irritations, I’m currently fighting with them about having to pay extra for extra baggage at the airport rather than the airline.  BA is awful.  Ugh.  On that note, I’ll move on.

June 5th:

Wild hamster!  This guy lives at the Zentralfriedhof (Central Cemetery).  This is the first and only wild hamster that I’ve seen although I always heard that they live in Austria.  


(Carl Lutz Wikipedia page)

June 3rd

 Memento Park, on the outskirts of Budapest (at least it seemed like the outskirts so I’m pretty sure), is a statue garden made up of Communist era statues.  This was definitely something different and seeing a statue from the era has much more of an impact than a photo.  Our tour guide was friendly and led our small ground around the park and gave us some insight into what the statues mean and what the mindsets of the people might have been. 

June 4th:

Back in Vienna for my birthday!!

More Budapest pictures to come!