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Holy crap, this is amazing news! The fact that this species is so human-like is really incredible. It's a missing link in our puzzle.

The coffee addiction is real. And so is the morning laziness. This should be a good solution to both.

Have you ever wondered why you should learn a second language?

I've found (just a few) good articles that talk about the refugees that are coming into Europe from Africa and the Middle East: from Serbia to Croatia, the situation as a whole, and Hungary's own issues with the massive influx of refugees.

If you don't know who Zipf is or what his mystery is about, watch this!

Getting informed on the future... I can dream, can't I? Having my own brand is my absolute #1 goal in life. That, and exploring new places.

A note to my creative side.

Wandering around Vienna

A few weeks ago, I decided I would go out and find a park. I wandered up the street and into Augarten park. It was absolutely beautiful and the entrance I found myself at seemed like it was tucked away behind apartment buildings and shops, just opposite of a busy intersection. 

I only got a little ways into the park before I decided I needed to head back home and do something productive, like feed myself or do homework, but the little I did see in the park made me want to go back. 

Time passed, classes picked up in pace, and It wasn’t until I stumbled over some photos I had taken on my phone that I remembered how much I actually wanted to go back. Hopefully it won’t get any colder any time soon, so I can just snuggle up in scarves and sweaters to sit in the park and enjoy the fresh air. And that the creepy guy who asked for my number last time won’t be there again. Fingers crossed.

Weekend at Alte Donau

That weekend was probably the most relaxing time I’ve had so far. Actually, I don’t think I’ve felt that relaxed and calm and not stressed for a very long time. Sitting out in the park for 4 hours, two days in a row really does wonders.

We found a really nice (and free!) park on a stretch of the Alte Donau, where locals always go to cool off in the summer. The water is so cold, but exactly what you need when air conditioned space is a rarity. I honestly felt really bad for not doing more relaxing and mini-vacation trips like this back home. I had all summer and I only went swimming once.

I took full advantage of my time this time around. However long we stayed, it felt like double. That’s how peaceful the area and the weather by the river was. We sat around, sunbathed, talked in the shade, people-watched (a favorite pass-time) the whole afternoon. I felt like I was meditating, almost. My head was so clear and it was an amazing breath of fresh air.

Even in all of its peacefulness, there was no lack of interesting sights. Namely, the little girl of the family sitting a ways in front of us that sounded suspiciously like a dog. She barked very realistically. And of course, the man who decided that this was prime real estate for toenail clipping.

I regret not going back more before the temperatures dropped, but I’m so happy I took the opportunity to go for a weekend. I feel like I started off my semester the right way.

Schönbrunn Palace Gardens

I did not expect the first week to fly by. Adapting to a new country and trying to brokenly speak their language are huge tasks already, but when you pile on jetlag, classes, and levels of walking around that are pretty much unknown to you on a daily basis, plus that 6:00 am trip to another country for paperwork, it gets kind of hectic. I’m exhausted, but I couldn’t be more happy.

On Wednesday of the first week of classes, instead of sleeping in, I got up early and took a mini morning excursion to the Schönbrunn Palace Gardens with Lexi. Boy, were they beautiful. And boy, was it hot.

Finally wandering around with my camera, I got some beautiful shots. I had a really great time walking around and being a tourist with Lexi. There’s not too much to say, except we took tons of photos and had a really nice walk through the huge gardens. I would definitely recommend going, and you can count on me going back to take a break from school. Once we finally get our semester metro passes, that is.

P.S. Can we talk about that totally unintentional awkward gap between us? Definitely did not think we were that far apart when we took the photo...

A Day in Bratislava, Slovakia

On my first Monday in Vienna, I went with a group to get my official visa from the Austrian Consulate! It’s located in Bratislava, Slovakia. Who knows why it’s in another country?

We left the dorms at a whomping 6:00 am to take an hour train out to Bratislava. (Eww.) I was so groggy I hardly remember the journey there and half the morning.

It was actually really sad giving away all those pieces of paper to receive my visa, which is a really strange thing to say. I had spent months collecting everything though, and had guarded that pile of paper with my life on the flight over. And now, I was watching it slide under a window at the consulate. I felt like I had lost something important the whole day, and it wasn’t because my passport had stayed at the consulate office for hours to get the visa.

Bratislava was beautiful. We walked around the city all morning, visiting the local castle-on-a-hill, Bratislava Castle (or Bratislavský Hrad in Slovak), and eating a very unnecessarily expensive lunch thanks to our guide, who had his meal already paid for (not cool, man). The view from the castle and the old city streets made up for everything though. That, and the 1 Euro ice cream stands that peppered the streets. I got the watermelon flavor and it was absolutely delicious

The city’s Historic Center was one of the best parts of the journey out, aside from being legally recognized by Austria, of course. All of the buildings looked old and quaint on the cobblestone roads. Some were even draped with vines. There are narrow alleys and steep hills and stairways with graffiti and art all along them. Old, tall trees and mossy walls are covered in leafy green vines.

By the end of the day, I was exhausted. And once we were safely back in Vienna, I realized I had left my nice pen at the consulate. What a day.