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How it all began

Living in the big city has its ups and downs. There are days when you get up and just want to go back to bed. Then there are other days when you wake up, open the window, smell the fresh air and start dancing in the room, looking forward to getting outside and meeting new people or seeing old friends. Or simply traveling with well connected public transportation that leads you to the heart of the city in less than 10 minutes.

Somehow, you never quite understand why you love living in the city so much. Why the fact that you missed your metro and will probably be late for a meeting or a class makes you smile and think about just how much you wanted to get here in the first place.

Everything has changed so much since you came here a while ago. You were young and hardly knew anybody, had an apartment somewhere none of your newly met acquaintances used to live and were alone for the most part of the day. Since you got extremely bored of your university courses, you decided to take long trips with the trams and buses of the city. It started through exploring the depths of the capital, discovering streets on which you could just walk ahead, searching for answers when you didn’t even know the questions. And then something happened: you found yourself. That person you always dreamed of being, that one was right there, inside, all along. She just needed the right city, the right age and the wrong university courses to unfold.

Three years went by. Now you’re sleeping in a larger bed and dreaming about the next steps in life. It all makes sense now, why you didn’t like to go to those courses, why some of the acquaintances went with the flow and others stayed next to you through thick and thin. It’s very hard to tell what will happen in the next three years. But trust me, they will be at least as amazing as the last ones. Because you’re living in a very, very colorful city.

Later edit: here’s a very inspiring video I just found on Christoph Jeschke‘s blog (he was one of the very first people I met in Vienna in 2010), that might show you a different perspective of “the city”

What happens if you don’t post regularly on your blog

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As you might have seen, it’s been a really long while since my last post. I’ve never ever stayed more than one month away from this little place I like to call second home of my thoughts…and to be honest, it kind of turned into an xPRiment on its own to see just how much I could refuse to post anything online. It’s easy NOT to do something, but check out what consequences it can have on yourself and the people around you:

-an immediate result is that you start to get comfortable with not writing anything aside from your “chores” (University in my case, job posts in some other cases)

-you turn to social media a little less than before and tell yourself that “you’re better than this”, go online and start watching an insane amount of YouTube videos – true story :(

-then, you see how this situation slowly shifts towards offline activities that involved blogging and social media – less conferences, less events, less of the “getting to know new people and talking to them” energy you usually had and therefore less opportunities to find something (job, new ventures, new clients for your company) you were looking for

-even if you say you have NO readers at all and that nobody cares if you’re giving up on blogging, you start to hear stuff like “what happened, why are you not posting anymore?”, “do you still have a blog, does this blog still work?”, “you don’t write anymore, you gave up on your passion” (that hurt a lot) – even from people who you really didn’t expect to be reading your blog. This situation is even more inconvenient if you show off your blog in your CV (like I do) and a potential future employer checks out your online activity, sees that you haven’t been active in a long while and goes away. From your blog and from you as an employee.

All in all, nobody truly knows what you’re going through until you tell them. So to be very honest, I’ve been having quite a lot of disappointments lately and didn’t know for sure how to write about them. It occurred to me on several occasions that it was in the middle of the night and I wanted to Write Out Loud what I was feeling, but then just stopped – and chewed on my problems until they faded away.

But now I’m a little better than I was 5 months ago. I had the talks, I finished the 71 ECTS semester and I had the guts to tell you guys all about it (even if you’re my future employer and reading this, you had to know me just a little better before hiring me). We all go through these phases and we all have to lose some to win some. I just don’t want to lose the blog :) it’s a place that has helped me reach so many beautiful things in life and has brought me to so many good people. That’s why I’m asking you to give it (and me) another chance and check out what you get out of it in the next months. I’ll start being a conscious person and blog about my trips abroad, that’s a promise. And, even if they’re just bits of the experiences I’m living, I’ll start blogging about the events I’m attending, no matter what they’re about or where they are happening. That’s something that I owe to you and to myself.

Thanks for staying on board for this entire article and see you soon on this amazing journey called xPRiment! ;)

9 lessons learned from Vienna

On the dawn of my 9 month anniversary in Vienna (officially, I’ve been living here since the 1st of October 2010, unofficially see the date in this article) I decided to expose the 9 most wonderful and inspiring things I’ve gathered since moving here:

1. You can learn about the stuff you like no matter what conditions you have. BUT if you DON’T want to learn something because it DOESN’T interest you, even if you’re living the life of a princess, you simply WON’T face it. It will tear up your soul bit by bit with every failed exam, until you reach the point of your life where you say: “ENOUGH, it’s time to do something that I LIKE”. And I can honestly thank Vienna for making me reach that point so quickly and deciding that I just want to write for a living.

2. People will crush you. People will hate you. People will ignore you or laugh at you for doing something differently. But those people will not matter once you’ve met the right ones. The ones who are not afraid to tell you the truth in your face, yet stand by you when you’re at your lowest. And highest :) Thank you.

3. True love might just be a fairy tale. Still, if you’ve found the one who loves you the way YOU ARE, keep him/her. No matter if you live in the same neighborhood or if he/she is thousand miles apart. Thank you.

4. Life is not all about making a fortune, being on the cover of Forbes magazine, having expensive cars and a yacht. But it’s OK if you give your best to try to obtain WHAT IT IS that you really want. In my case, that means seeing the world. Thank you Andra and Elena for receiving me into your homes this year, thank you Renato for showing me the Barcelona offer and thank you booking.com, flyniki.com and oebb.at for all the rest of the magic.

5. It’s great to have people you can look up to.

6. I will one day live in a city at the seaside. I miss waiting for the perfect wave.

7. “When in Vienna, dress as the people do”. Very, very important thing I’ve learned this year. Now I actually feel the NEED to go shopping every now and then, because it’s fun.

8. Explore the wonders of local libraries.

9. Clubbing can do amazing things for your social life, yet do it wisely, moderately and NOT during “Pruefungswoche”!

Please share a lesson you’ve learned this past school/university year in the comments below :)

Long Night of the Museums

Who ever hears Picasso, Monet, Warhol, Klimt, Manet, Cezanne, Giacometti and Michelangelo in the same sentence thinks about a looot of paintings hanging around with a lot of people trying to notice what they are actually meant to say.On saturday, I got the chance to be one of those people @ “ORF Lange Nacht der Museen” (ORF Long Night of the Museums), where one could pay a single ticket and be directed to all the museums in Austria. For me, two museums (and 5 exhibitions) in Vienna were more than enough, but I enjoyed a pleasant evening in the company of my friend from Jura, Teo, and the works of all these artists I previously spoke about.

Walking through the Museumsquartier, it came to me that I am living in a city of music and arts and I should take advantage of all these events in order to explore the other part of me that I’ve been hiding for so long: karaoke contests, here I come! :) Today (n.n. on Monday) I also realized that nothing’s going to be easy in the next couple of months, but it’s up to me to get the highest profit with the lowest amount of work.

I’m excited! I really am. And by tomorrow, I’ll know what a “Blockveranstaltung” (big big big course – this one will last 10 hours!) truly means. Until then!

Willkommen in Wien

We wish you a pleasant stay and a lot of new opportunities :)

Upon my arrival in Vienna, I’ve managed to get my stuff (my many, many, many stuff) in their right place, to order a Master Card (Bankomatkarte), receive a health insurance and a paper that states that I’m living in the city for the next couple of…years and briefly discover the benefits of being a student at the WU.

It all started out on thursday, when the new students @WU had their “Welcome Day”, which included presentations of our fields of study, of the scolarships we are able to obtain and, most importantly (to me), of the reknown “Auslandsemester” (exchange semester) that we have to complete in order to finish the Bachelor of Science (in the field International Business Administration, which is what I am aiming for). Although there were a lot, and I mean A LOT of new students, it seemed as if every speech was designed to discover what you want for yourself in the future.

The thing that I realized about WU is that nobody is pushing you to complete your studies in time. You are the one who chooses when you want to take your classes, if you want to learn for your exams, if you want to take your exams. Yet, you are the one who has to find out a way to push yourself to the limits. Face your fears, go that extra mile that takes you from being a “Matrikelnummer” to a full time commited person.

xPRimenting Vienna as a student may be a big risk, but it’s a risk I was always eager to take. So hop on board and join the WU-bim (tram) to victory!

I’ll be back right after the Long Night of the Museums ;)

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