No Kangaroos in Austria

The European escapades of a study abroad student in Salzburg, Austria

“The traveler sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he has come to see.” – G.K. Chesterton

I told you I love mountains. Here’s proof.

“Travel, in the younger sort, is a part of education; in the elder, a part of experience.” – Francis Bacon

Anonymous asked: So far what has been the most exciting or rewarding thing you've done? Also what else do you really hope to do before the end of the semester?

The most rewarding thing I have done was probably volunteering in the Austrian kindergarten. They have a very different education system here than in the United States, so it was great to see all the differences.

One thing I have been DYING to do is hike the Untersberg. Salzburg is a city primarily surrounded by hills, and the Untersberg is the only real mountain around, aside from the Geisberg. I want to hike up the Untersberg, the mountain I have woken up and seen out my window every morning since I have been here.

Anonymous asked: is it a good idea to study aboard?

I have just one thing to say to this: DO IT! You won’t regret it, I promise. You learn so much about yourself and about other cultures. Most importantly, you learn to see life from a different perspective. I’m going to desperately miss it.

Praha, Czech Repubic- Prague is such a wonderful European city, although I must confess to you it is my least favorite out of every city I have visited in Europe. It has an extremely large and well preserved old city, with very little having been destroyed over the years. We visited the Lenin Wall and the Castle, ate along the river, and even went on a pub crawl in this thriving city! At the end of the weekend on our journey back to Salzburg we stopped in the medieval Czech village of Cesky Krumlov. 

I love mountains, lakes, hills and fields. My day trip to the lake region of the Salzkammergut: Lake Fuschl.

This past weekend was a very special holiday in Austria called May Day, which dates all the way back to the 16th century. It is a celebration of the Austrian Labor Day. On this day, smaller towns and more rural areas in Austria erect a Maibaum, or Maypole, which is a giant decorated tree looking object with rings around it. Many of the men attempt to climb up the Maypole in hopes of reaching the circular rings. According to local legend, it is a competition to see which man is the most fit and deserving for a certain woman. The man who could climb the highest was said to be the most desired. Today, it is a day filled with celebration, dancing, and of course, a whole lot of beer drinking.

"All travel has its advantages. If the passenger visits better countries, he may learn to improve his own. And if fortune carries him to worse, he may learn to enjoy it." - Samuel Johnson