...and I cannot get enough of it.
Monday, January 31, 2011
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
I had a pretty good day today. I slept until noon, completely missing breakfast and my first antibiotic/pain killer of the day, but happily, I felt no pain anyways. I lazed about, did a little German, had elderbeer jogurt for breakfast (that's blueberry, I think) and then took a stroll down to the Billa (by myself, and I found my way there and back!) to get some milk and other goodies. I got everything I needed including a Magnum bar, pictured above; this delicious piece of ice cream perfection, which I was introduced to in France, was the single most wonderful (and expensive) thing I bought today. I also got a notebook for a Euro and a half. I think you might recognize the brand. And then, upon getting home, I didn't have my milk! So I guess I'll have to go get some more tomorrow. I'm not a huge milk drinker, but I like it in my tea and I've been consuming incredibly amounts of tea. I also heat it up and put musli in it for a delicious oatmeal-esque breakfast. I also got some carrots and bananas as well as some chocolate covered brezeln (which are NOT the same as american ones, they are big and soft and fluffy), some cookies with chocolate in them (sort of digestive cookie-ish), some frankfurters, some heinz cream of tomato soup, a few other things, and a pre-made club sandwich because it looked good. Well let me tell you, club sandwiches in Austria are a little different than in America. It has egg salad, tiny thick bits of chicken, bacon, and a tomato slice on it. Oh yeah, and LOTS of mayo (which I don't mind). Boy is it delicious, but it wasn't what I expected. I would call it a mother and child reunion sandwich with bacon. I'm enjoying it with a delicious raw carrot for dinner.
Monday, January 24, 2011
I'm starting to feel a bit better. I go to the IES Center and the Doctor on Wednesday. Today I got dressed and did my hair and put in my contacts and went for a walk. I took some photos I'll try to put up tomorrow. These photos are the few I got during orientation, before I began dying of mono that is.
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
I was hoping this first post would be able to document the orientation weekend that starts the semester in Vienna. And the day and a half of said Orientation I attended was great: there is so much information, such a lovely hostel, and so many friendly people. However, if you're me, you get sick the second day and go to see the doctor and get antibiotics and painkillers. Then you stop being able to get out of bed for 2 days, a different doctor comes to see you, and you end up in the hospital in Graz with Mono and a secondary infection. So this post is going to be more about Austrian hospitals than the splendid town of Deutschlandeberg (with castles and vineyards and a quintessentially European feel).
All I can say, is this hospital is great!
The nurses are very friendly (and why not since they're sporting very comfy looking Birkenstocks). Even though I only speak minimal German, they're able to communicate in English and they understand my Deutschlish. I've bee prescribed a special kind of tea to gargle with to help my throat and none of the nurses can figure out the English word for gargle (understandably so, it is sort of specialized), so I've gotten to hear all the nurses do their impressions of gargling. Also, the language barrier isn't such a terrible thing; I asked for ice cubes the other day and got ice cream instead, and I'm sure not complaining!
The room I'm sharing with three other women is bright yellow with nearly floor to ceiling windows, and bright orange and yellow curtains over them. It is very bright and cheery in here. It isn't cold or sterile like an American hospital would be. IES has been really wonderful about my illness. There is always someone here to keep me company, and they took care of insurance stuff and school stuff.
Now that I'm actually on the mend, I'm getting more excited about being in Austria. When I was dying in the hostel basement, I didn't want to be here at all, but now that everything is clearing up, my attitude is also more optimistic. I know this is wreaking havoc on my poor mother too, but alas, I'd much rather she visit when we can enjoy Vienna together and not have to lay about in my house. It would be one thing if I wasn't improving, but I am, so I think it is best that she stay in the States.
So don't y'all worry. I'm swallowing beverages and eating food again and slowly gaining back my strength. I'll be ready to face Vienna in no time at all.