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TEDxVienna 2010

TEDxVienna is the first conference I attended ever since moving to Vienna (about two months ago). It was a mindblowing experience that made me realize (over and over again) how much people need other people in order to fill up their lives with joy. But I’ll get to that later on.

Let’s start with the description of the event: have you ever heard of TED? This is a website that gathers inspiring speeches from all around the world and puts them online for everyone to see and share. They call it “ideas worth spreading” and it involves your own sense of perception towards the different aspects of life. Well, the big TED organizes its own events (unfortunately in the States) but it also allows independent events (by the name of TEDx events) to be held all around the world. Vlad Gozman, one of the wonderful people who helped TEDxVienna 2010 take place, didn’t have the time to tell me how he got the idea of making this happen, but I’ll be sure to get the story from him and return with details :) .

Now, let’s pass on to the parts of TEDxVienna 2010 that appealed to me the most: the speeches. I constantly tweeted during the presentations (more about that here) and, among other information, I found out that “The only way to get ahead is to become a compliant robot”, but didn’t want to listen to that, so I decided to “unlock deeper values and accept diversity in creativity” (Jessica White-Creativity unlocks). A presentation about the future of the “bionic eye” and the fact that the main cause of blindness is cataract in most underdeveloped countries made me shiver. And thank the lord for living in Europe and solving my sight problems on time (Gregoire Cosendai-Hopes of restoring vision to the blind).

Speaking about Europe, “do you know who is the winner at every Oscar premiere? European fashion” (said Sabine Seymour during her presentation about functional aestetics – the combo between FASHION and TECHNOLOGY). Selma Prodanovic was…amazing. Absolutely amazing. She made us even stand up from our chairs and promise ourselves to change the world and make it a better place!

Sean Bonner and Johannes Grenzfurthner were so funny and great, that I can’t even put the experience I lived during their presentation into words. Just follow them on twitter, search for videos of them, try to meet them at events in Vienna and…enjoy. Entertainment meets technology meets art meets…me. :) ) More insights on all the speakers here.

The highlights of the evening were the networking sessions that took place during the breaks and after the presentations, where I got to know so many beautiful people, that I can’t wait to here from them (or discover a way of writing them an interesting email).

TEDxVienna 2010 was a success! Thanks for letting me be a part of it :)

[p.s. I'll put some videos up here once I get hold of them]

pour it out

Let’s remember the very few people in our lives that really count. And try not to “pour” all our sorrows out on them when we’re angry about the very many things in our lives that really don’t count.

I feel as if at times I’ve neglected important principles of life and based myself only on the fact that I’m facing new challenges. Should this mean that I have to offer my heart around on a silver plate with a cherry on top? Certainly not, considering that there’s a lot I have to deal with especially in these first months around Vienna and I really need to keep my heart intact.

Writing down my thoughts and feelings will help me practice my English and prevent me from forgetting about the dreams that I have. It’s funny how I managed to pour them out in front of somebody I don’t even know, yet a lot of people who think they know me do not understand this part.

So here I am, happy as ever, thinking about the ones that I love and the ones I have yet to fall in love with and I thank you. All of you who design a new part of me every single day, only to turn me into the best version of myself.

the short long road back home

take me down to the parasite city

where the grass is grey and the boy’s a pity [A.M.]

Missing your parents and friends might turn out to be tthe roadhe best thing that can happen to you at times. You start to realize that you’re on your own and that things are going to remain that way for a while…and damn, you start enjoying this new status!

Suddenly, there are job offers and free entrances to events awaiting :) You’re ready for a new “Halbsemester” of joy and a lot of time spent at the library analysing how to accomplish your dreams but you’re also ready for a holiday week of pure pleasure and nice people from your hometown.

The road back home leads straight through your heart, taking you to places you’re never dreamed of going to. But it’s good to know that there’s a strenght inside yourself ready to take you to the moon and back. Even after failure, even after a lack of fresh air and fresh people.

All that matters is to go all the way. And walk that extra mile to…wherever you plan on going!

day and night

I just reached a turning point in my life: things have looked both precious and sad in the past few weeks, with emotions ranging from pure love to pure depression in the city. It’s because I miss my parents, my family and my friends, it’s also because things are starting to get a little bit stressful around this time of the year (my first exams have knocked on the door and I feel as if I’m facing them NAKED and very scared), so there are a number of reasons why I feel like this.

Thankfully, I’m going to take a break from Vienna next week and visit my friend Andrei in Cluj, after which I’m going to Sibiu for the weekend to see my folks. My 2 months anniversary won’t be nearly as glamourous as the previous one, BUT…I learned a lot of things out of these weeks of meditation, tears, books and cold weather:

First of all, it’s crucial to focus if you’re a student at the WU. My confusion in grasping some information from class and from my own personal studies may affect the grades that I’ll get of these first 2 exams, which is why I decided to pay more attention. To listen as much as I can, write down the most important things that I have elaborated in my head and practice. Practice. Practice.

Secondly, organising your schedule may cause some sort of rut, but it’s a lot more helpful than wasting your days sleeping after noon and watching TV shows *true story!*. Also, there’s a connection between the way you get your things straight and the way you appear to others: if your mind is blown away because of all the things you have to do and don’t know when, your exterior WILL be influenced. In an industry where appearance (not just how beautiful, tall or slim you are, but how you look) is a key factor in networking, establishing new contacts and getting good business done, it matters how balanced you are in your personal life. A lot. So more zen and less TV shows for me.

Finally, a thing I learned after turning paranoid about the fact that I am alone in an appartment in the middle of a big city: always remember to relax. Take some time off to walk around the block, call someone or send a text message, look at the people who are still with you even in rougher times. And thank the lord, day and night, for allowing you to experience all this and much more in such a wonderful place from this planet.

Vienna is the city that will take me to my next adventures, so thanks! :)

wings

In order to turn out to be the best of version of yourself, sometimes you need a big kick in the ass.

And when you get it, beware! Your wings might take you to places you’ve never thought you could go.

Thanks to all the people who, at one point or another, managed to get me right where I need to be.

:)

the not so glamourous part about living on your own

First of all, I would like to point out the fact that I am extremely grateful (to both God and my parents) for the fact that I have the financial and moral support to be living in a rented appartment in Vienna at the wonderful age of 19. It is a chance that I received from life and probably one of the reasons why I got accustomed to this city in the first place, because I know that many people would like to xPRiment, but don’t have the financial means to. What I can say to you (if you are in that position) is that you must fight to get the best out of what you already have and…if you really wish to go abroad for college, think “private scholarships” or “Erasmus programs”. You can do it if you really want!

I noticed while talking to a younger person from my school that I’ve drastically changed my perception of Vienna from the 12th grade to the first year of University, and that is because I currently LIVE here and can actually perceive the way I have to solve some stuff about my studies or about my after-school life.

The first thing that appeared in my new life was an Agenda I got for free from the Raiffeisen Bank (a small “bribe” to make me get a free student deposit at their bank – it is mandatory for foreign students to have a deposit at an austrian bank, by the way) which changed the way I planned my schedule. This agenda got highly addictive, because soon enough I started taking it with me to the supermarket and to the fitness center. I practically note EVERYTHING down in it, from people I have to call to the grocery I have to buy next time I go out.

Which brings us to the not so glamourous part of this article: taking take of the appartment. While it seems easy to dust and vacuum clean a teeny tiny place, once you realise you have to: wash the dishes, do the laundry, wash the mirrors, dust, vacuum clean, dry clean the laundry, go to the gym AND learn for that exam that is approaching, you start to miss home a lot. I’m a lucky girl to have to lose some pounds, so I don’t cook very often, but still…the schedule gets “uberfordernd” (that’s german for “overwhelming”). The agenda will help you set things straight and organize the week according to the chores you have to do.

Then there’s another thing that occures: in Romanian it’s called “LENE” (laziness) and it happens to hit you when you least expect it. Suddenly, you feel the need to watch a movie or some episodes from “Gossip Girl” and there’s no one in the house to stop you. Well, this “LENE” will make you lose a lot of your time and after two days of “How I met your mother” marathon, you will realize that you miss someone constantly bugging you and asking whether you’ve “done your homework”. You have to find a suiting system to get yourself back on track or else you’ll miss out on the important things that are happening in life.

Sure, there’s no one there to stop you from going out every night, partying like a rockstar and getting wasted, but there’s also no one there to give you the right meds when you’re sick or hug you when something goes bad. And you’re going to miss that a lot. (Plus you sometimes have to choose between buying a new pair of jeans or food, which is also kinda bad)

In the end, Vienna still remains amazing. And earning that financial INDEPENDENCE that you’re craving for is worth every sacrifice, if that is what you really want.

[falco - vienna calling]

p.s. going abroad is a very nice way of getting to love your parents more and more. you’ll see what I mean once you’re 850 km away from home :D

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