Vienna

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! :)

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

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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“If you start to take Vienna – take Vienna!” [Napoleon]

Cateodata incep un articol pe acest blog stergand fiecare idee ce mi se ivise pana in momentul acela in cap. Dupa ce se perinda cateva minute, ore, zile sau saptamani prin cap, ajung fata in fata cu wordpress-ul si nu mai stiu nimic din ceea ce voiam sa iti spun. Atunci incepe o calatorie de exploatare a fiecarei senzatii pe care o traiesc in clipa in care scriu.

Sunetul pe care il scoate tastatura mea (cu cat pun mai multa pasiune in ceea ce scriu, cu atat bat mai tare in ea), un instrument de masurare al gradului de simpatie pe care il am fata de un anumit subiect. O privire aruncata pe fereastra pentru a observa ce se intampla “pe afara” si inspre birou, pentru a vedea cat de pregatita sunt ca sa infrunt vremea din afara camarutei mele.

Pentru mine, cuvantul “sky” are o relevanta deosebita. Privind cerul, imi aduc aminte atat de trecut, cat si de viitor. Incep sa-mi dea tarcoale gandurile pe care le aveam la 5 ani, atunci cand imi doream sa ajung cea mai bogata femeie din lume pentru a construi o scara indeajuns de inalta incat sa ajung la Dumnezeu…practic, nimic nu s-a schimbat in afirmatia aceasta pana in ziua de azi. Dorintele sunt insa mai finisate, mai pompos exprimate, spuse pe un ton usor maturizat.

De fapt, imi doresc sa ajung pana la cer. Atat intr-un avion superusor sau supergreu, cat si pe cale spirituala. “Maturizarea” e doar o faza premergatoare aceleia la care imi doresc sa ajung: vreau sa cresc mare pentru a deveni din nou copil. Iar prin intermediul acelui copil din interior sa rezolv macar o problema mare ce micsoreaza increderea in sine a…populatiei globului. Poate va fi o carte, poate va fi un program de televiziune, poate voi deveni Miss si voi aduce World P…eace.

In ceea ce priveste “crearea unei scari pentru atingerea cerului”, scopul scuza mijloacele. Important este doar sa produc acea schimbare care aduce cu sine alte schimbari in timp.

TU cum iti doresti sa imbunatatesti lumea?

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