April 26th – April 29th: Nothing of interest happened. Just more class. Although I did notice I had three different currencies on my desk, so naturally I took a picture. Points to who can guess what kinds. Here’s a clue: One’s Euros.
April 30th: We had a Folk Art field trip to an open air museum. So we all took the bus to the Salzburger Freilichtmuseum. Then we walked around for hours looking at old farm houses that were reconstructed, but with the original methods and materials.
Half way through we stopped for lunch and I got a super salty soup. I couldn’t even eat it all.
May 1st: I had planned on going to Munich, but since May Day is a huge holiday everything is closed. Also the bells outside my building rang for 45 minutes non-stop. It was retarded annoying.
May 2nd: I can not for the life of me, remember what I did this day. Sorry! Here’s a picture to compensate!
May 3rd: Had classes and had to go grocery shopping because I was down to one kernel of corn in my fridge.
May 4th: Had classes and Zumba later at night.
May 5th: More classssses and then I went to H&M to look for a dress for the upcoming “Mozart Dinner.” I didn’t find one nice enough but I did buy a 10 Euro summer dress.
May 6th: Had classes. Then at night, I had my impromptu birthday party! I wanted everyone to get together this week because a lot of people are traveling on the weekend my actual birthday falls on, because it is a 4 day weekend. So my plan was to have dinner at the Stiegl Keller, which is a giant beer hall with good Austrian food. I was surprised at how many people came out because it was so last minute, but a good 30 people came. I got pork chops and beer. Which was awesome.
Then after dinner, we went to a bar carved out of a cave in a mountain. For some reason the bartender really liked me and gave me free shots for my birthday. Then she said we had to come back the next night for karaoke. After the cave bar we moved to O’Malleys. I had a real conversation with a German guy for like an hour, in German! It was exhausting to think so hard just to talk.
May 7th: We took a trip out to Schloss Hellbrunn, which was a summer day palace for an Arch Bishop.
After we toured the main palace, we went to the “one month” palace, which was built in one month because a visitor to the arch bishop thought a small palace would look good in a certain spot and he was going to return in one month. The little palace was up on a giant hill and was turned into a folk art museum.
After the tour, me and two other girls went to buy dirndls (tradition Austrian outfits, think Saint Paulie Girl). I got one, and it’s adorable. Then later, my roommate and I went out to the cave bar again because we had promised the bartender that we would. It was fun. There was a crazy bachelor party happening, and eventually the groom was only wearing an outfit almost identical to borat’s famous bathing suit. (Please google it, if you don’t know.)
May 8th: Walked around town for a bit, got a vanilla ice cream. Then later I went out to Augußtiner Bräu, which is a giant beer garden, with a bunch of people to celebrate another girl’s birthday. It was super fun and we wore our Dirndls.
May 9th (Today!): This weekend has been Stiegl Weekend in celebration of May. Today they erected the May Pole and had a giant party at the Brewery. Naturally we were there and drinking before noon. Again, I wore my dirndl and so did a ton of other people, so I blended right in. When we first got there, they had just started putting up the giant May Pole, and didn’t get it up until around 2 PM.
So to put up the pole, there was about 40 guys (all in lederhosen) slowly pushed up the pole by pushing their supports and then resting them in the ground. This process took forever. After it was up, it was open for guys to try and climb it to win the prize, and give it to their girlfriend. Mind you, this pole is just a tree, with no handles or harnesses and is about 60 feet tall.
Then later there was dancing.
Really it was a super fun, beautiful day. I have never been more in love with Austria.