- Posted April 9, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Trip abroad that inspired you
Vienna's Bells Call Me In My Dreams
I still giggle when I visit the Official website of St. Stephen's Cathedral and hear the Pummerin bell - the largest of the cathedral's 23 bells. I was lucky enough to have lived in the beautiful, church-organ filled, Austrian capital for 6 months while pursuing an internship.
The cafes, falafel, snakelike twists of the Strassenbahn filled with people and over 5 languages at any given time, 100-year-old brush-makers and other niche shops found on prime shopping streets, morbidity with a mouthful of rum-filled marzipan-topped cake and especially the friendships forged over hours of discussion, till our eyelids closed involuntarily to the sounds of blackbirds, are among the experiences I had in Vienna.
During my time there I picked up German. I'd never studied it before although it had always been an option throughout my years of schooling because my parents thought of it as a dying language. I absolutely love the language, and the Vienese charm and sing-song quality of "Wienerisch" or Viennese German and was so excited to find a German-language Stammtish (round table) where I met my closest friends and found my first German teacher, Anja.
This wonderful experience has, since my return to Hong Kong, pushed me to signup for lessons at the Goethe-Institut and seek-out a local German conversation group which I hope will be half as fantastic and welcoming as the Vienna gathering.
My internship was more than I could have asked for. I had the best mix of colleagues from all over the world - my mentor Gaby was like the sister I never had. I got to experiment and hone my artistic skills as it was a photography company with lifestyle elements, such as a Arts and Culture Magazine, I worked for. Inspired by all my passionate, well-rounded, and well-traveled counterparts I am sitting tight in anticipation of the first day of work at the Hong Kong office of the Vienna-based firm.
Besides the German-language, social groups, work, and the desire to travel, I've been inspired to utilize both social media and online networking tools as well as snail-mail to keep those I've become close friends with close, not to mention the city that holds the top spot in my heart.