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Vienna - Culture, Conflict, and Identity in Central Europe

Day 19 - Ling Lu

May 24, 2016

Well today was our individual travel day. I decided to travel to Mauthousen concentration camp memorial with Harry and Yilan.. The camp itself was quite depressing but the tour was very informative

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Day 18 - Marissa Metzger

May 23, 2016

It was a beautiful day here today in Vienna. We had a lecture about the history of the Second Republic from a very lovely native Austrian woman named Margaret Schachermeier.

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Day 16, Hollie Hawse

May 21, 2016

Today we started off with lectures from guest speakers Dr. Kutzenberger and Dr. Regina-Maria Kecht. We learned about Vienna's Zeitgeist around 1910 and modern Austrian Literature in context.

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Day 15, Harry Lin

May 20, 2016

Today we learnt the history of Vienna’s economy and its relationship with Germany. To my surprise, the rising nationalism before the WWI was a very innovative concept to Europeans at the time.

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Day 14, Kate Bliss

May 19, 2016

With only 7 days left here in Vienna I am beginning to miss home but wrapping up my experience here is proving to be a bit of a challenge; there are still so many places I would like to go and things I would like to see but not enough time!

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Day 13, Jess Hinkel

May 18, 2016

May 18th was a day all about music here in Vienna and boy was it eye opening. The morning was spent talking about the opera experience that we would be enjoying that evening. We were able to hear all about the music and plot of the famous Wagner opera called “Lohengrin”.

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Day 12, Kate Bliss

May 16, 2016

Today, we started the day off with lecture from Dr. B about multi-culturalism and the integration of many cultures within the city of Vienna. We went through a brief timeline of immigration and migration throughout Vienna’s history to hit on the major groups that have influenced Vienna today.

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Day 11, Yilan Sun

May 15, 2016

On the steep slope of a wide mountain in the Buda part, there stand plenty of colourful buildings. The low-hanging roof covers forests. Scattered at wide intervals throughout the narrow base of the valley and on the flat city area opposite, lie the houses with their large over-hanging roofs.

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Day 11, Jessie Wenger

May 15, 2016

The day of travel began with the sun shinning and a brisk breeze awaiting us as we exited the Mercure Hotel in Budapest, Hungary. We scurried to the Rail jet awaiting to take us back to our temporary Vienna home, remembering Budapest with such joy as I take my seat. Our journey took, roughly, two hours in which reading my novel by a stranger was my only option.

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Day 10, Mikayla Pieper

May 14, 2016

We took a weekend trip to Budapest, Hungary, and got to see and experience a lot of amazing things the city had to offer. We got off of the train at a very old train station that has been part of Budapest for many years.

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Day 9, Olivia Shenberger

May 13, 2016

Vienna is absolutely amazing; I don't think I have words to describe the beauty of this culture. We have only been here for a little over a week and I feel like I've lived here my whole life. Between Dr. and Mrs. Barkhymer and Dr. Eugster, I don't think a question about life and history has gone unanswered.

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Day 8, Brodie Ranzau

May 12, 2016

“Draw near to the paintings and try to imagine the brushstrokes appearing as the artists created it, that is an experience you can’t recreate through a screen.” Dr. Kutzenberger, a curator at the Leopold Museum encouraged us to truly interact with the art today as he guided us. His passion for the art exhibited there was clearly displayed as we were visited the world’s largest collection of Egon Shiele paintings.

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Day 7, Ling Lu

May 11, 2016

There has been a lot of walking around the city, and my feet are slowly adjusting but it's all worth it! Today we discussed WWI and its effect on Austria. Afterwards the class went to yet another summer palace of the royal family, and this was called the Belvedere palace.

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Day 6, Yinhao Lin

May 10, 2016

I can’t believe we have been here for almost a week now. Vienna is still fascinating to all of us. This morning we continued to have a history lesson with our beloved Dr. Eugster-Stransky from the rule of Franz Joseph to World War I.

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Day 5, Marissa Metzger

May 09, 2016

It’s day five of being in the incredible city of Vienna, Austria! All of us are having a great time absorbing all of the history lessons we’ve been getting from as early as the 12th century! This morning after a quiet breakfast we went on a guided tour by Frau Landauer around a few major features of the Schottenstift.

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Day 4, Tom Lindic

May 08, 2016

To start off our day of musical adventures, a group of us went to the 11:00 Mass at the Augustinian Church. With classic works by Czerny, Mozart, and J.S. Bach being performed by the choir and orchestra, you did not have to be religious to appreciate the beauty in the timbre of their collective sound.

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Day 3, Jess Hinkel

May 07, 2016

Wow! Vienna is filled with amazing culture, food, views and more. Today we woke up in our lovely home in the Benediktushaus had breakfast and started our day with class. After we completed class indoors we departed for the Museum for Applied Arts to witness some art pieces we have been learning about in class.

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Day 2, Hollie Hawse

May 06, 2016

This morning I woke up and had breakfast and tried some foods which I wasn't sure of but ended up being really good. After class, I went to one of the hot dog stands and got a “Bratwurst mit Käsenkrainer” which was absolutely delicious; I will definitely be going back for lunch.

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Day 1, Kate Bliss

May 05, 2016

Wow! What a day!? Currently it's about 8pm. It's about 2pm back where you are. Jet lagged is an understatement. After we landed at 8am Vienna time, yes, that is 2am your time, we hopped on a train, and rode it into the heart of old Vienna. After a short streetcar ride, we checked into the Benediktushaus, our monastery guest house, and freshened up.

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