# 88 – Live in a foreign country for a month.

‘Wow’. It’s probably the only word that comes to mind when I think about the absolutely amazing time I had here in Austria this summer. I’ve met so many new people that I never want to forget and done so many new things and I honestly couldn’t have asked for a better time here. Unfortunately, all things must come to an end and my for me, that time is Sunday morning at 11 AM when I have my flight back to New York. To be honest, I don’t even know what to write about in this post, considering all the things that I’ve experience here, but I wanted to find a place for this quote in my blog, and I think this post would be a great place for it. The quote is from a book I read over the summer, Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert and I’m sure many of you have heard about it because of it’s major motion picture, but the book was really a phenomenal read and this quote stood out to me whilst reading it;

“But is it such a bad thing to live like this for just a little while? Just for a few months of one’s life, is it so awful to travel through time with no greater ambition than to find the next lovely meal? Or to learn how to speak a language for no higher purpose than that it pleases your ear to hear it? Or to nap in a garden, in a patch of sunlight, in the middle of the day, right next to your favourite fountain? And then to do it again the next day?” 

I don’t know if it was the fact that what she described in that quote were all things that I had done with pretty much exactness. I traveled to this country just to practice the German language that I love and to eat some of my grandmothers amazing food and sit and read by the Musikschule Fountain. I mean, Elizabeth Gilbert literately hit the nail on the head with this quote and my relation to it. I just made me happy to read it because it summed up my time spent here. While some friends of mine were busy making hundred of dollars or going around visiting colleges or really doing something actually productive, I was sitting in Austria eating chocolate cake and reading 12 books, and I wouldn’t have traded that experience for anything else in the world because I was here with the people I love doing the things that I love.

This summer was the best I’ve ever had, and I truly mean that. Now, the summer isn’t even over yet, I still have a little under three weeks before I have to head back to prison school, but my time in Austria is over for now. Since I can’t post every picture I’ve taken while here, I’ll only post some of my favorite memories and people!

        

Well, those are all. Hope everyones summer is going great!

Lots of Love,

Vanesa

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# 24 – Learn how to make homemade pizza.

  

I always wanted to learn to cook like grandmother does, the only problem? I hate cooking. I’m no good at it and I burn almost everything. However, her pizza is to die for, and I just had to learn it myself. Well, “learn” is quite a broad term in my book and while I did witness and watch my grandmother make homemade pizza, I’m not quite sure that I’m able to confidently say that I “learned” how to make it. I do however have a recipe she gave me and I’m quite confident that after a few trial and errors I will be able to make homemade pizza. To be honest, it really isn’t all that difficult. All you need is flour and water and salt and baker’s yeast and you essentially have your pizza dough ready. Afterwards, you let it rise for 15 minutes, and then spread it out on a pizza pan with the help of some oil, otherwise it sticks to your fingers, and then add tomato sauce, cheese, and any other delicacies that you would like! It was a lot of fun and I’m glad a “learned” something new 🙂

Lots of Love,

Vanessa


# 25 – Climb to the top of the eiffel tower – kind of.

This task was not completed.

There’s no easier way to say it. As heart-wrentched as I am to admit the fact, it’s true. But first, let me explain…

I was in Paris and I was at the eiffel tower and I was planning on going up to the top, but once I got there with my family and we saw how long the line was, we just couldn’t do it. It wrapped around and around and around the entire area where the eiffel tower stands and it would have been easily a 3 hour wait with the hot sun beating down on us. There were waits for everything! A wait here to buy the ticket, and then a wait there to go up to the top and then also a wait to come down too! It was crazy! But, nevertheless, I was at the eiffel tower and I witnessed the amazing structure and the effort that was clearly put into this amazing building. I’m really happy that I got to see what it looked like in person.

And here are the pictures that I took from the ground of the eiffel tower!

  

But, as to not sound the a debbie downer, -as the boys from my high school would say- I am still going to count it as being completed because if you do a little word re-aranging in the task item, you could find yourself with a perfectly suiting: # 26 – Climb to the eiffel tower, and I sure did that much!

Lots of Love,

Vanessa


# 26 – Attend a wedding.

   

Let me start off by saying that I am deeply, and truly sorry for my lack of posting recently! I was in Paris for four days with very poor internet connection and only now am I finally getting some decent and reliable internet- thank goodness! Anyway, without any further ado; #26 – Attend a wedding:

Ah, weddings. A family reuinon. A celebration. A holy matrimony. Whatever it is that you call it; I love them. The funny thing is though, that I myself never want to get married. But, nevertheless, this post isn’t about my weddings to be or not be, it’s about my Uncle Hans’ and now new, Aunt Manuela’s wedding! This wedding took place on July 27th -the same day as my Uncle Hans’ 55th birthday too!- in Vienna in a beautiful garden. It was in all honesty the most beautiful wedding I’d even been to. It wasn’t too large but also not too small and it consisted of great family, great food, and most definitely, great fun!

It may seem like a silly task to put on a bucket list, but the reason I added it was because we weren’t sure if we were going to be able to make it to the wedding or not. So, I put it on the bucket list in hopes of being able to attend this fantastic wedding, and thankfully, we were!

Lots of Love,

Vanessa


# 39 – Go bowling.

  

 

Ah, bowling. Possibly the most frustrating and aggravating game that I have ever come across- especially without the use of gutters! I have gone bowling multiple times but I have never had as much fun with it as I did last night when I went. All my past memories of bowling involve getting angry at the winner (because it was never me) seeing as I’m very competitive and that’s never fun. But, last night I went with Gwen, the daughter of a colleague of mine from work. She’s 13 and a very fun girl. She was also an extremely good bowler. However, since we were the only two people in the entire bowling alley and the music playing was absolutely fantastic, we just did our own thing and probably only threw the bowling ball the correct way about five times. Other ways included moves such as under the leg, kicking the bowling ball, backwards and many more as well! The funny thing is that the two of us didn’t even plan to go bowling last night. Our original plan was the go laser-tagging, but as things turned out we instead went bowling and that was also fine with me because that too was on my bucket list. Even though, yet again, I was not the winner of the bowling game, I had such a fun time. (Even with my loss by over 80 points!)

Lots of Love,

Vanessa


# 6 – Learn how to say the alphabet backwards.

Z-Y-X-W-V-U-T-S-R-Q-P-O-M-N- uh… what comes next?

Those 14 letters were always the only ones I could ever recite whenever I attempted saying the alphabet backwards. Ever since I can remember whenever I tried to say the alphabet backwards I would never be able to pass the letter N and I just didn’t know why that was. So, one day when I was watching How I Met Your Mother, and I saw that Lily Aldrin knew how to say the alphabet backwards incase of emergencies, (I don’t know why you there would ever be an emergency where you would need to recite the alphabet backwards, but nevertheless….) I decided hey, why not? And low and behold, how bucket list number 6 was invented. With the help of Kerri, who can declaim the alphabet backwards faster than anyone I have ever known, I learned how to do it on my own. She helped me with it a little of a month ago and reading through all my unfinished bucket list items, I realized I never posted about it! Therefore, this post is long overdue and now I present to you, the alphabet backwards, by Vanessa!

Lots of Love,

Vanessa


# 100 – Get a daring haircut.

Change has always been a very tricky subject with me. While sometimes I say, “Oh, I love change,” other times, I’m not as eager to try new things. But, for the past few months I have really badly wanted a haircut and yesterday I finally got it. As I’ve mentioned before, I flew alone here to Austria and I’m staying with my aunt, so I figured the best time to get a haircut would be now. ‘Why?’ is a question I’d probably ask myself if I were reading this from an outsiders perspective, and the reason, my friends, is because my mother would never ever in a million years let me cut my hair as short as I did. I’m serious. She would rather… well I can’t think of a good example at the moment, but trust me when I tell you that she lives vicariously through my hair. Weird, I know, but she loves…uh….erm… loved I guess…. well, she loved my hair more than her own and believe me when I tell you that I wasn’t doing this as a rebellious teenage move. I seriously wanted a haircut. Like, seriously. (Oh yeah, and she still doesn’t know I got it, so she’s in for a big surprise when she arrives here on Saturday.)

So, yesterday after work I biked with my aunt down to hair-fair in the city of St. Poelten and got more than a foot of hair cut off. I know, I know, that’s a lot of hair. I’m very disappointed to say that I was unable to donate any of my hair because I dyed the back of it a light red color the summer before. I have really wanted to donated my hair since one of my aunts had a brain tumor and always had to wear a wig. I always thought that it’d be a very nice gesture, but I’ll do it next time I cut off 12 inches of hair!

Without further ado, I present my previous, and new hair:

Example 1:

Before  After

Example 2:

Before  After 

And there you have it folks; my various hairstyles during my adolescent years, won’t this be something to look back on 🙂 But hey, at least I like it, and I personally believe that’s all that matters!

Lots of Love,

Vanessa