The Surreal First Week

After a little over a week of living in Vienna, I still cannot believe I am here. The food, drinks, culture, music, and architecture has all been even more spectacular than I had imagined. Vienna is the largest city in Austria with about 2 million inhabitants. Immediately as I step foot in the city, it felt larger than expected. The city is very sprawling with hundreds of winding roads that are all picturesque. Every street tells a different story that with buildings too old to fathom.

It can be very easy to get lost in all the beauty and wonders that the city has to offer. Thankfully Vienna’s public transportation is some of the best in the world! The freakishly fast and modern subway, known as the U-Bahn, is by far the most convenient mode of getting around. Every station around the city takes no more than 5 minutes during the day for the next train to arrive. With the arrival times so punctual that they have the precise times listed on the electronic clocks at every waiting area underground. This type of precision does not come without efficiency and, much like the Germans, the Austrians love efficiency. Do not get caught taking up the left side of the escalator! You will be yelled at in German! It is the unspoken rule that the right side of the escalator is for standing while the left side is for passing.

Overall, I have been extraordinarily impressed by the this program through Pitt Business. This months orientation has been extremely thorough. So far, we have done many trips around the city and had some of the best food and drinks the city has to offer including many trips to the most delicious coffeehouses I have ever been too. Tomorrow we have our first brewery tour (with free tastings of course) at one of Vienna’s most famous breweries, Ottakringer.

There’s so much more, an absolute infinite amount more. Hopefully I can share as much as I can as the weeks go on, and hopefully one day you can experience this wonderful city yourself. With much more to come, including trips throughout other European cities, I am really enjoying my first few weeks here.

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