Imagine. You are miles away from home for New Years Eve. And all you hear in the radio is music of Johann Strauß. And you are surrounded by people who truly appreciate this music. Would you be a proud Austrian? I very much was!
In the evening we’ve been to a small concert. It ended with “Vienna, City of My Dreams” and the obligatory “Radetzky March”. What a moment! For midnight, we enjoyed fireworks and we watched a strawberry dropping. People in Pennsylvania are dropping things for New Years Eve. If you look through the entire list, you recognize that this is kind of unique to Pennsylvania.
The last two nights we celebrated Halloween! Usually it is just on October 31st, but of course we had a preparty on 30th 🙂 where we told each other ghost stories. Usually, I’m not so much into dressing up, but due to the peer pressure I decided to be a doc. And I carved a pumpkin. It was actually nice. I think I also do this back in Austria.
Last Saturday we had Austrian Night at the German Studies Apartment. We decorated the walls with Austrian flags and posters from Vienna. Kristina even baked Austrian cakes and an Apfelstrudel! It was a cool night!
Last week, I traveled to Salzburg and Vienna to enjoy the Austrian way of life one last time for the next months. I just walked through the cities and enjoyed the sights, coffee and dinner. On Wednesday I had the last party with my friends. Florian had his guitar with him and we sang Austrian songs. We spent the end of the evening at Rox. Thank you my friends for coming!
So I am in Atlanta with a bulk of luggage, a lot of pictures from Austria and a head full of nice memories from my homecountry and time with my friends!
On the occasion of my nomination had been confirmed, we had a little celebration today. Peter took some photos – thanks a lot! It was my pleasure drinking sparkling wine with you. Thank you for spending your time.