A Collection of Thoughts on Various Cities

November 17, 2014

in Andie Burjek, Europe, Fall 2014, Italy

It’s been about a month since I’ve written, and I’m leaving Rome in about a month. The past few weeks have been crazy busy, as are the remaining weeks I have in Europe— predominantly because I planned most of my trips in November and the end of October. Around the same time as midterms, final projects, etc. The planning wasn’t that intelligent… Still, November means Christmas lights and chilly air and possibly snow, which is why I’m loving this month of travel.

Here I plan to catch you all up on various travels and make some finishing remarks about Rome and John Cabot. The bullet points: Salzburg, Vienna, A Visit from the Parents, Budapest, Amsterdam. I’ve written down extensive entries in my travel journal about these weekends and will include passages with pictures from the trip, mainly to avoid adding more writing to my plate right now.

The Sound of Music Tour- AKA the oddest four hours of my life. My roommate and I—along with quite a few honeymooning couples and other travelers— saw basically all the Salzburg filming locations from the movie and sang together on a bus to the soundtrack. That’s just as dorky as it sounds.

The Sound of Music Tour- AKA the oddest four hours of my life. My roommate and I—along with quite a few honeymooning couples and other travelers— saw basically all the Salzburg filming locations from the movie and sang together on a bus to the soundtrack. That’s just as dorky as it sounds.

A rainy cloudy October day in Salzburg: a pit stop of the Sound of Music Tour.

A rainy cloudy October day in Salzburg: a pit stop of the Sound of Music Tour.

The fortress in Salzburg.

The fortress in Salzburg.

My roommate and I got up to the top of this 2000-meter-tall Untersberg Mountain. Absolutely silent and chilly and beautiful.

My roommate and I got up to the top of this 2000-meter-tall Untersberg Mountain. Absolutely silent and chilly and beautiful.

Street performers performing Mozart, right next to the house in which Mozart was born.

Street performers performing Mozart, right next to the house in which Mozart was born.

 

The first street we walked down in Vienna. Very clean. One of the most beautiful cities I’ve ever seen, and unfortunately we only had half a day to explore.

The first street we walked down in Vienna. Very clean. One of the most beautiful cities I’ve ever seen, and unfortunately we only had half a day to explore.

Vienna fountain all lit up at night.

Vienna fountain all lit up at night.

Outside the Opera House (Wiener Staatsoper). No more standing tickets left, unfortunately. Must go back to see the inside of this building some time.

Outside the Opera House (Wiener Staatsoper). No more standing tickets left, unfortunately. Must go back to see the inside of this building some time.

The Schonbrunn Palace- described as “our little Versailles!” in the hostel’s map.

The Schonbrunn Palace- described as “our little Versailles!” in the hostel’s map.

Quite honestly had no idea what to expect with Budapest- I just signed up for the trip and couldn’t even begin to picture the city. This is Fisherman’s Bastion, a terrace with a gorgeous view of the city below.

Quite honestly had no idea what to expect with Budapest- I just signed up for the trip and couldn’t even begin to picture the city. This is Fisherman’s Bastion, a terrace with a gorgeous view of the city below.

The Synagogue nearby our hostel.

The Synagogue nearby our hostel.

Inside a Budapest bathhouse

Inside a Budapest bathhouse

Eilzabeth Square, Budapest.

Eilzabeth Square, Budapest.

Leaf-filled fall canal and Amsterdam homes.

Leaf-filled fall canal and Amsterdam homes.

Amsterdam

Amsterdam

 

Now that I have so little time left in Rome, I’m starting to appreciate it more and miss it already. There’s so much to do in such a short amount of time. I have a final list of places to see before I have to leave (including: the MAXXI Museum, the Museum and Crypt of the Capuchin Friars, a tea house called Babington by the Spanish Steps, etc.). Rome is really an incredible place partly because, yes, I can travel to a variety of cities in Italy as easily as I can travel to another country… also, there’s so much to see in Rome itself if I can’t travel.

Rome is huge. I’ll never be able to do everything I want here. It’s a massive, ancient city full of history and neighborhoods I won’t have time to see. So what, the streets are dirty. So what, there’s no Mexican food. So what, it has the most unreliable public transportation system. It’s been fun to get lost here (and to get un-lost), to make plans here (and to come across random finds), to study here (and to drink wine here.) It’s been a blast. I’ve met amazing people in my apartment, in my classes, while drinking espresso as cafes…

…and of course these other destinations around Europe, too… I’ve really only encountered Southern Hospitality and Midwestern Friendliness before, and now I can add the Grumpy Viennese, the Plaid-Clad-and-Laid-Back Hollanders, and the Beautiful French, among others, to that list.

With one more month left, I’ll try to keep you updated for frequently! The final entries I’ll write will include details on London, Barcelona, possibly Florence, and a grand list of my personal recommendations in Roma itself.

 

 

 

 

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