The Bumps in the Road of Living Abroad

As I sit in the airport about to leave Vienna, I am reflecting on my semester abroad.  There were definitely some challenges I faced when between language barriers and cultural differences. There were a few weeks to adjust to the new norms, but after no time I seemed to fit right into the Viennese life….

The Moment Vienna Became a Reality

Being abroad has been a total adventure.  Every day is something new and exciting.  There are two unique moments that bring abroad became very real.  The first was when I was sitting with all of my new friends on one of my friend’s terrace playing card games and I was surrounded by all of these…

What Vienna Has Helped Me to Achieve

During my time abroad I wish to accomplish many things in all area of my life from academics to my personal life.  Life abroad is such a unique time to focus on cheating new experiences with new people in a completely new setting. Academically I wanted to understand what it was like to learn and…

Advice From an International Traveler

I’ve been living in Vienna Austria for about a month now and have loved every minute. My biggest takeaways are to live in the moment, be flexible, and enjoy the little things.  A semester is so short and it’s not worth wasting any time! I’ve had a few bumps in the road so far with my housing getting…

How to Get Where You Need to Go in a New City!

One of the hardest things I find about going to a new place is figuring out how to get around, especially in foreign cities. Generally, the ticket machines have an English option, but not always and sometimes the tickets ask what specific part of the city you’re going to be traveling, for example, the inner…

My Weekend in Croatia

I’ve been living in Vienna, Austria for two weeks now and every second has been amazing. This weekend I made my first out-of-country trip to Croatia. My six friends and I traveled to Dubrovnik and Split, where we spend 3 days and 2 nights.  We decided it was best to travel to Croatia while it…

Vienna, Here I Come!

Hey!  I am Ellie Bell, a rising junior at the University of Pittsburgh.  I am majoring in Finance and Business Information Systems and minoring in  Computer Science.  I am from Albany, New York and have never spent more than a few weeks in Europe.  I will be leaving in 5 days to spend all 14…

Concert at the Summer Palace

Hey there, Since the day I arrived in Vienna, I have been told to go to one of the cities famous free outdoor concerts. While I have been to a few, none have been as beautiful as the Vienna Philharmonic playing at Schönbrunn Palace last Thursday. The show consisted of different classical music works which…

Last Month in Vienna

Hey again! These past 4 months have been an amazing experience. I have seen so many breathtaking cities, tried new things, listened to new music, and had lots of new beer! With only a few more weeks until my flight home from Vienna, I am already starting to feel both sad and excited to reach…