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What we can learn from the Green Heart of the Steiermark

“My Father would say there’s no point to them…[Concerts] don’t help you get on…which is of course what’s so wonderful about them”
‘An Education’ (2009)

“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire”
William Yeats


The First Half is Always the Hardest

“Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing this is worth knowing can be taught”

Oscar Wilde


“Not all those who wander are lost”

J.R.R Tolkien


Really, this isn’t a platitude to be dismissed, dear readers. Serious language and cultural education should feel the equivalent to the days following the most intense physical workout of your life. At the moment of the workout itself, you feel the healthiest you’ve ever felt, all maladies of the body are drained in sweat, and with quivering muscles you consume health drink after health drink. Then the next morning rolls around.


Things you won’t see on your walk to Class, Part 1

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Not that I don’t love Ballantine…

But there’s just no comparison.

Fat People

There are two good reasons for this:

1)   No fast food. Actually, this isn’t entirely true. In terms of getting food fast, there are dozens of places in the city to do so. The difference between them is that an Austrian afternoon snack consists of a fresh roll, or a cucumber, or a carrot. Peanut butter is shunned with pinched noses (yes, I have seen it), and kids actually fight for the last tomato.

2)   This is your walk back home from school/work. Which from this picture doesn’t look very impressive. But mind you, it’s a mountainside (elevated 14 degrees) and it goes on, and on, and on, (and on) for about a half hour. Then you catch a bus. And then you do it again.

Good relationships

Which is random, I’ll admit, but c’mon, when the study trips or the depressing winter months really hit hard, do you honestly think that whispering sweet nothings to each other in dorm bunks and holding hands is going to see your relationship through the bad times?

If you really want to show your undying passions for one another, go buy yourself an expensive lock, scrawl your love names on it, and after locking it onto the fence, chuck the key into the river. You’ll be stuck as a sort of collective public vandalism—what could be more romantic?

Who’s the last famous dead person you visited in class?

That’s what I thought. I present to you the sarcophagus of Kaiser Leopold 1.

If you don’t have the time to wiki him, suffice to say that he’s a big deal. Led the Holy Roman Empire against France (and Louis XIV), reigned over Germany, Hungary, Bohemia, Croatia, and Austria (of course), and was married to the very stylish and very Spanish Margaret Theresa.

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Travel Tips for the Utterly Exhausted (and apathetic)

“It’s always good to remember where you come from and celebrate it. To remember where you come from is part of where you’re going”

-Anthony Burgess-

Dallas/Fort Worth. Prism Watermelon gum for dinner and a Starbucks glassed, mocha Frappuccino to wash it down. Mainmast keep vigilant! Watch mizzenmast off starboard, unfurl them topsails! Outta the fo’c’sle you yellow-bellied sons a’ Mollys! Or so I imagined the voyagers of old made their way to London.


Preparing for the Unpreparable: Predeparture Worries

“Make no little plans. They have no magic to stir mens’ blood.”

-Daniel Burnham-

It’s a bit funny, in its own wretched way, to realize (on the world-changing precipice), how significantly less prepared/excited/ready you are than you thought you were. Not that you’re so unprepared/anxious/hesitant that you’re going to turn fuzzy tail and scurry back down into the hole of comfortable recurrence, but you suddenly have the whole world of change thrown right into your face, and no amount of shine to the pre-departure proleptic lenses can clear away the worry.


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