Tag Archives: Travel

In Chicago

I landed in Chicago about an hour ago or so.  Dad and I are at our hotel watching the Twins game.  The trip was fine and I have all my stuff.

Back to Dublin

I made it back from Prague on one piece and I’m back in Dublin for one last week of partying and good-byes.  Prague pictures forthcoming.

Coming Home

I just bought my plane ticket home. I’ll be landing at O’Hare on October 7th at 4:40 PM Central Time.

London In Pictures

I didn’t take many pictures in London.  My battery was pretty low from Vienna.  Here’s the only ones really worth sharing.

Vienna Part Der Zweite

Monday morning Boog left for the airport around the time the sun came up, so I had the day in Vienna to myself.  First on my agenda was the Museum of Military History (or Heeresgeschichtliches Museum, if you’re so inclined).  Among the normal collection of cannons, guns and uniforms was some Archduke Franz Ferdinand items – including the car he was riding in in Sarajevo when he was killed, and the jacket and shirt he was wearing.

The I went into Stephansdom in the center of town.  In fact, all streets in Vienna are numbered starting with building closest to Stephansdom numbered #1, then going upwards as you get farther away.  From there I worked my way back out to where I was staying in the Western part of the city.

Along the way was the Museum Quarter.  In a few square kilometers was the President’s House, a former royal family palace, the National Library, Parliament, the Spanish Riding School (home of the Lipizzaner Stallions), and a lot more.  I’m not exactly sure which building was which, but the architecture was really nice.  It looked very imperial, very regal (at least to me).

For dinner I went to a local restaurant and had the Wiener Schnitzel, and I finally figured out the name.  The name for Vienna in German is “Wien”, so Weiner Schnitzel is schnitzel from Wien/Vienna.  It was so deceptively simple, like when you realize “Twinkle, Twinkle” and “The ABCs” is the same tune.  And another thing, don’t let the name fool you – it’s a breaded tenderloin.  Meat a quarter-inch thick and the size of your plate breaded and fried?  Yeah that’s a tenderloin, so don’t try to be all fancy with your German words.

My plan in the very near future is a post purely of pictures for you to enjoy.

Travel Plans

Here’s my tentative traveling schedule for the rest of my time here in Ireland.

April 3-5th: Oxford, England on rugby tour

May 10-15th: Tenerife, Grand Canary Islands because I’m suffering serious sun withdrawl

June 21st ish: Stockholm, Sweden for my birthday

July 10-14th: Vienna, Austria to see Connor’s basketball

August/September: Prague, Czech Republic once I turn in my dissertation.

Thanks to everyone who voted in the poll and commented.  I’ll make sure there are plenty of pictures.

Birthday Trip

I’ve been thinking about where I want to go for my birthday.  I have a couple of ideas, but I need some input.    Sorry, but I tried to make this easier to read but it just wan’t happening.  The rugby tour is going to Scotland in April, Boog is going to be in Vienna in July, and I’m planning on Prague after I turn in my dissertation, so there’s no reason to go to any of those places for my birthday.  I’d like to see Stockholm on the longest day of the year.  The day has 18 hours of sunlight, so it’d be good for a party.  I’ve also considered Rome.  I didn’t get to go my senior year at Drake because I had my shoulder surgery.    I’d also like to go back to Spain, but I also don’t want to start doubling up on places yet.  I read an article on kayaking in Croatia once, that looked fun.  Anyway, vote please in the poll and leave any suggestions in the comments.