Here is a little bit about what I have done with some of my days, or things I’ve heard while here…
1. In my culture class, we are learning about Austria as a country, our professor told us this quote and I just cracked up:
In Heaven – British are the police, the chefs are French, the mechanics are German, the lovers are the Italians, and it is all organized by the Swiss.
In Hell – The chefs are British, the mechanics are French, the lovers are the Swiss, the police are the Germans, and it is all organized by the Italians.
Hopefully, that made a couple of you smile, maybe even laugh.
2. I have clean outed maggots from six trashcans for my job, these people separate EVERYTHING! Students however, don’t take out the trash or put in garbage bags when needed, it’s a sad (and gross) situation.
3. There is a hotel attached to the Kartuase (where I live) = random people walking around campus all day.
4. At an Austrian party at the Kartause Hotel, YMCA (the famous song) was just played the other night. This isn’t the first time I’ve heard American music, many stores have some very popular songs playing.
5. There are tours of this entire place, visitors know more about the place I am living for the next four months than I do. This situation will need to be rectified. Hopefully soon.
6. It’s considered rude to tip in most of Europe. They just round your bill up to the next dollar and give you even change – figured this one out the difficult way.
7. Europe LOVES carbonated water; water is sold in three different levels of carbonation – it’s serious here. Don’t joke around with them about it (not that I’ve tried).
8. It’s cheaper to pay for a beer at a restaurant than water. No joke. I spent the equivalent of $3.50 on water one day because I couldn’t find a drinking fountain or bathroom. Beer would have cost about $2.
9. Bathrooms – one must to pay to use the public restroom. On the up side, most of them are well kept and nicer than U.S. public bathrooms.
10. WiFi is not something Europeans have taken to, it’s a treat to have a connection, you’re lucky if you get a decent one that works well and quickly. Those who have FaceTime’d with me can attest to this.
11. Forget about doing anything on Sunday, everything is closed. It really helps to ‘keep holy the Sabbath day’
12. I miss American food – I’ve had enough potatoes and carrots to sustain me for two lifetimes.
13. In less than a month I go to Lourdes on a mission trip – if you have any prayer intentions, hit me up, I would love to bring them to Our Lady of Lourdes. Also fundraising to go, check out the link: https://www.gofundme.com/xjctc-lourdes-mission-trip
14. Lastly, my philosophy professor said in this in my Philosophy of the Human Person class this week – “The Lego movie captured some great Metaphysics.”
Now, I have no idea what Metaphysics is, but I do know what the lego movie is and am still shocked my philosophy professor had seen it. Considering, he does not appear to be married or have children.
A couple of photos of the creek we’ve all jumped in –
‘Til next time 🙂