Vienna week 2

So I did start talking about the next week in my last post. We did the art history museum, the funeral museum, and the Belvedere during the first part of that week. Oh well, it is not that important. But we also climbed to the top of St. Stephens and got a gorgeous view of the city. The only down side, spiral stairs all the way up, only wide enough for one person. So when people came down while you were going up, or visa verse, it was not fun. But totally worth it, once you get up there.

Something important that happened while we were here was the death of Otto, who was the son of the last emperor of Austria. He was 98 and it was a really big deal. He apparently worked hard for Austria during WWII and the Cold War trying to keep it, well, Austria. Anyway, his funeral was a big deal (a procession through the 1st district) but we could not go because we had gone to Salzburg that Saturday. I was reminded of this because we visited the Imperial Crypt, and saw important graves such as Maria Theresa and her husband, and Sisi, Franz Joseph, and their son Crown Prince Rudolf.

We also visited a Turkish Mosque for our class. As you may or may not know, Turkish immigrants have become a major part of European culture and politics. It’s hard not to walk past an imbiss and not see Turkish food. We learned about the basic tenants of Islam, and the prayer leader even recited some prayers for us (which almost sounded like songs). We then were able to eat legit Turkish food, and it was great. The rice was possibly some of the best rice I’ve ever eaten in my life. We also tried a sort of yogurt drink, which took a couple of sips to get used to, but was not too bad after that. Then my roommate and a hand full of people from the institute went out by the Donau and drank. It was pretty fun, and I was a bit tipsy, and we were SO CLOSE TO DER FLUSS!! One of our friends also was also quoted as saying, “Kann ich One for the U-Bahn haben?” It was a wild night, and the next day we had to get up early (smart decision, right?) and get on a train to Prague.

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