So the Life Ball counted for both May 21st and 22nd since I was there/at the after party about 16 hours.  I babysat a few hours later, fyi.  Never again.  

Also, I seem to have lost the memory card for my blackberry when I took it out to get the phone fixed. So all of my pictures from there are gone I guess.  Sad times.  Ooooh well.  Moving on.

May 24th:

Me,WORKING. Shocking, I know.  Believe it or not I actually did teach on a regular basis this last school year. To be honest, we were playing a game in this picture, but everyone looks really serious.  Still counts as working though.  

May 26th:

I was running last (as usual) and had to ride my bike to catch the train.  Taking my bike on the train=not as irritating as taking it on the public transportation once I got to Vienna.  Also, bike riders in Vienna are COMPLETELY INSANE.  I probably only rode for about a mile in the city, but it was terrifying. 

May 27th:

A rave at Stephansdom. Ok so not really, but that’s what it looks like, right?  This was one of the things the Stephansdom did for “Lange Nacht der Kirchen” (Long Night of the Churches).   Every few months Vienna has a Long Night of Something Interesting and then everything related with that stays open until 1 or 2 in the morning and has special programs.  For the churches there were plenty of concerts, some special talks and of course food.  And the crazy lights at Stephansdom.

May 28th:

My mom!  Eating some Wiener Schnitzel.  She came during a great week.  This was an outdoor food festival with fresh food from all over Austria.  Yum.

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March 22nd:

There was another American English teacher in Horn in March (woo!) and he had a dog, Missy.  So, naturally, she became my photo of the day.  Adorable.  

March 23rd. 

A famous Austrian dessert, “Mohr im Hemd”.  The translation of the dessert is very odd and I would say sounds kind of racist as well.  Racist sounding desserts?  Austria can be strange like that.  There are many things that would not fly in the US that people don’t give a second thought to here. Well, expect maybe the Americans.  That being said, the dessert is quite good. Basically a chocolate cake/brownie thing with chocolate sauce and whipped cream.  

March 24th:

Food again.  I was eating out a lot that week.  This is at one of the two Chinese places in town. Yes, there are a whole two!  Fried vegetables with a GIANT egg roll in the background.  Too bad it had pork in so I couldn’t try it.

March 25th:

One the way home from Horn’s train “station” during sunset. 

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.