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going to the Vienna State Opera (or any theatre, for that matter)

During my time in Vienna, I had the pleasure to attend the famous Vienna State Opera and watch A Masked Ball, Opera by G. Verdi. The evening was beyond magical, especially never having attended a live opera.

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What blew my mind, and kind of ruined the atmosphere, was how some (presumably American) tourists chose to dress and behave for the evening. Jeans, Timberland boots, baggy sweaters, and standing at the bar drinking beer straight from the bottle neck. I watched in horror, as I stood in my high heels and dress, sipping champagne. Continue reading going to the Vienna State Opera (or any theatre, for that matter)

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travel: hotel vs. airbnb

During ourĀ 17-day trip to Europe, we had the opportunity to stay in both hotels and also in an airbnb listing. If you are not familiar with airbnb, it’s a website designed to help you find apartments to rent out wherever you go, in a safe, certified way. You get options of renting out a room, or a full place to yourself. Although I probably don’t have nearly enough airbnb experience to judge it so quickly, I have enough travel and life experience to make some conclusions. Continue reading travel: hotel vs. airbnb

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Amsterdam: Van Gogh museum

When you think of Amsterdam you usually think of Dam Square, perhaps the coffee shops, Heineken beer, and of course the Rijksmuseum showcasing the city’s well-known “I amsterdam” sign. But low and behold, just around the corner are a few other museums, one of which is the Van Gogh museum. With it’s newly renovated entrance, it’s quite the sight from the very first moment. Continue reading Amsterdam: Van Gogh museum