Monthly Archives: August 2010
It’s been a while since I last wrote about my time here in Vienna, so I thought this would be a good time for a little update. Work has become considerably less stressful since the start of August, thankfully, and weekends have finally freed up. This is basically my last full week of work, since I will be leaving for a 4-day Germany and Switzerland trip this Friday (excited!) and next Friday is the final symposium where I have to give my presentation. So, what have I done here besides work since my last solo outing into the city? Two things on my 100 in 10 list, that’s what!
A few weeks ago, the Summer School program had organized a trip to see the opera Così fan tutte by Mozart at Schönbrunn Palace. An opera! That’s number 43 on my list!
Since all the opera houses are actually closed during the summer season in Vienna, this was a rather informal affair with a modern twist. However, the music was lovely and I really had a wonderful time. I did wish that there were English subtitles or something to really get the nuances in the dialogues and especially the solos.
Then last Saturday we had another trip to see Vienna’s wine country and visit a heurigen, which is a traditional Austrian wine tavern. Wine tasting! Number 52!
But it wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be, First, we had to hike up this steep hill for about an hour under a very hot afternoon sun, which I was totally unprepared for in my flip flops and sun dress. The view overlooking the city was nice though, as was setting foot in an actual vineyard.
Then we kept going for about another hour before we finally arrived at the heurigen. We were seated outside in a lovely garden, and wine and food were promptly served.
My favourite was the chardonnay :)
An evening spent with good wine and good company can never go wrong.
So it was Love Yourself Week at The Frisky, one of the blogs I read religiously on a daily basis, and I was inspired to come up with my own list of things that I love about myself, like many of their bloggers have done. It was an interesting exercise, a little strange and difficult to begin with, but I ended up having a lot of fun while doing a lot of thinking, and reconfirmed what I always knew was true: I am awesome.
1. I’m crafty and resourceful. I have a talent for making beautiful, practical things out of other people’s junk.
2. I care about the environment.
3. I don’t come from a wealthy and privileged family. This makes me feel so different from a lot of other young people around me, but most of the time, it’s a good kind of different.
4. I’m not a picky eater and I’m adventurous when it comes to food.
5. I’m an awesome girlfriend.
6. I’m thrifty and always find amazing deals on the things I buy.
7. I’m a good listener and I’m trustworthy, and people always confide in me and come to me when they need honest advice.
8. I enjoy my own company.
9. I’m not ashamed to once in a while have something for dinner that has about 3 times the calorie content yet one tenth the nutritional value of what I should be having.
10. I’m creative and artistic.
11. My small hands and feet.
12. My sense of discretion. I know when to keep my mouth shut.
13. My ability to adapt to and love pretty much every single place I go/have been to.
14. I can be a girly girl or a total tomboy depending on the circumstances.
15. I laugh easily at the littlest things.
16. I enjoy eating Chinese take-out and watching reality TV shows on my laptop as much as I do fine dining and Broadway musicals.
17. I see beauty in almost everything.
18. I’m polite and have good manners.
19. I continue to surprise (in a good way) even those who are closest to me.
20. I’m one of the most sincere, down-to-earth, unpretentious people I know.
21. I love my parents and I’m a good daughter.
22. I have amazingly awesome dreams and can remember them most of the time.
23. I’m not judgmental.
24. My thirst for travel and adventure.
25. I don’t need caffeine, energy drinks, or anything else in order to stay up late. In fact, I try not to stay up too late. I’ve never pulled an all-nighter and I’m proud of it.
26. I actually really enjoyed high school and I still visit my teachers whenever I have the chance.
27. I’m always on time. For everything (ok maybe not morning classes every so often).
28. I work hard and play hard.
29. The simplest things make me happy. Like sunshine or a cute kitten video.
30. I have been and always will be a dreamer.
Now go make your own list!
“You can also wear it as a shirt!” Said the Chinese saleslady desperately trying to get me to buy the white and green floral skirt I was looking at. I laughed it off then, thinking that it was just a last ditch effort to get my business. At any rate, I bought the skirt, and the saleslady’s comment was long forgotten. That is, until now.
As it turns out, the lady was right. With a little creativity, you actually CAN wear a skirt as a dress. This is how it’s done.
So here is the original skirt:
Here it is worn as a top:
This will work with almost any skirt that is at least knee length and has an elastic waistband. Just pull it up to your chest and throw on a belt, pair with leggings or skinny jeans, and you’ve got an entirely new look out of the same garment. Here’s another one of my skirts worn this way:
Oh, and also, a wide elastic belt is probably the best accessory ever.
Seven weeks into my internship.
“Mobile” lab ≠ mobile lab. “Mobile” lab = molbio lab = molecular biology lab.
Duh. Labs don’t move. It finally makes sense.
I like sleep. Therefore, I like beds. I’m a bit attached to the bed I sleep on, especially in the morning. Seriously, best piece of furniture ever invented. Usually, any regular old college dorm bed would do. A nice king sized mattress in a hotel is better. But sometimes, just sometimes, I dream of having one of these super amazing but ultra expensive beds. Behold.
Because it looks so pretty. Yeah that’s my only reason.
The perfect bed for my future house by the beach.
Light, colour, sound, massage… Mmmmmm.
A rocking bed!
5. Iraya Daybed
This one can go in the garden. Afternoon naps will be so much better.
You can listen to music, surf the web, watch movies… all while in this bed. I’d never leave this bed again.
I think I’m going to go take a nap now.
You. Yes, you. You know who you are.
You’re the one who made me fall in love in this city of 8 million strangers.
You showed me how romantic a corner of a college campus could be, and how a kiss can change everything. The stars are numbered in the New York sky, but they all shone so brightly that night.
You make me feel beautiful even in my worst days. You love making me laugh, as if the sound of my laughter is the sweetest music. You make me happy in ways I can’t explain. When you’re with me, I feel like anything is possible, anything.
You’re the one who’s held my hand through every emotional life crises, and trust me, I know that I have a lot of them. You patiently listen to every little mundane thing I have to say, without complaint. Bringing me back down to earth when my worries carry me too far. You are my rock, my anchor.
You’re the one I know who will support me no matter what. You give me the courage to chase after my dreams. And when I change my mind, you never hesitate to tell me that it’s okay to do so. You make me believe that I can do anything I set my mind to, and that I should set my mind to anything my heart tells me.
You’re the best-tempered and most forgiving person I know. I know that I can be mean sometimes, but you, never. I can be selfish, impulsive, unreasonable, but you’re always there for me with open arms. How can you never get mad at me? Even I get mad at myself sometimes. But you? Not you.
Your sense of conviction is one of the things I love the most about you. I’m not brave enough to have that kind of certainty, but you are. And I’m so glad that you are. Because it’s what keeps me hoping, dreaming, wanting to believe.
You’re my partner in crime; together we have the greatest adventures. We travel across borders and oceans and timezones, seeking new thrills wherever we go. But you know I don’t need that. As long as I’m with you, regardless of where we are or what we are doing, I’ll be having the best time of my life. All I want is one last airport reunion and no more airport goodbyes. After all, more than anything, my greatest adventure… is you.