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12 Apr

I felt like all I did in Vienna was eat – and eat well we did. I ate my weight in schnitzel…and oodles of other delicious treats. Here’s a sampling of some of my favorite eats:

Schnitzel, fries, and beer (a.k.a. heaven) at Zwölf Apostelkeller.

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Some musicians even serenaded us with “Edelweiss.” Fun fact: Edelweiss is not an Austrian folk-song, but was written for The Sound of Music by Rogers and Hammerstein. Whatever, still cool.

restaurant interior.

restaurant interior.

I spent two days in Vienna during my spring break during study abroad in college (just about 4 years ago – eek!). One of the highlights from that trip was dinner at a place called Centimeter, where 6 of us tackled “Das Schwert.” This time, it was four of us: me and the three boys on the trip. It was delicious, and in my opinion, a Vienna must. 

"Das Schwert" at Centimeter

“Das Schwert” at Centimeter

Another must was a kebab. Seriously, no trip to Europe is complete without one. One our last day in Vienna, Rachael and I checked out the Naschmarkt – Vienna’s open-air market which is a mix between a flea market and a farmer’s market. This bad boy was 3 euros well spent. 5587_10101973658828693_1977636479_n

Sacher-Torte

The Hotel Sacher is famous for the “sacher torte” – a dense chocolate cake with a marmalade jam inside. Rachael and I went on our last day and I got a small portion of the cake. I enjoyed  it while sipping an “Einsapanner” – espresso with whipped cream. So incredibly good.

sacher torte.

sacher torte.

einspanner.

einspanner.

Another highlight were the Easter markets. We grabbed some delicious (and different) pretzels and hot mulled wine.

so many pretzels.

so many pretzels.

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I also enjoyed bratwursts at this classic Viennese café. I may have also fallen in love with our adorable, tuxedo-clad hunk of a waiter.

brats on brats.

brats on brats.

I also adopted a sparkling water obsession in Vienna. I’d remembered from my past trip there how pervasive sparkling water was – and back then, how I hated it. Now, squeeze a little lemon in there and hello, new fav beverage.

new obsession.

new obsession.

I wasn’t able to grab pictures of every meal, but I also LOVED a pumpkin soup I tried at the Gulasch Museum and a schnitzel with a mushroom sauce called jagerschnitzel. Also – I highly recommend the gelato at Zanoni & Zanoni.

One of my favorite things about Vienna’s restaurants is how cavernous some of them were. The food wasn’t super varied – lots of deep-fried meat and gravy-like sauces. The common denominator in all of it, though, was that it was delicious.

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vienna: sights

31 Mar

I returned from Vienna on Friday and have a bunch of posts lined up that I want to do. Between the jet-lag and getting caught up on school work, though, my roommate and I are dealing with deciding to move after the recent theft of our apartment. It is unsettling and will all be ok, but obviously neither of us prepared for this.

Anyway – on to a recap of all of the fun touristy things I did while in Vienna!

Walking Around the City

In many ways, Vienna is sort of a mix between Paris and Prague. It has Paris’ upscale, posh vibe, and some of Prague’s charm. However, it lacks the magical feeling that either city has. That being said, Vienna has some awesome sights that can be explored easily on a walk through the city. On our first walk, we saw a bunch of beautiful government buildings, museums, and cathedrals.

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Parliament.

Parliament.

Votive Church

Votive Church

St. Stephens

St. Stephens

Easter Market

I had been in Vienna almost 4 years exactly (the week before Easter 2009) and I remembered the cool Easter Markets. We found a couple in the city and loved that we could buy food (pretzels and mulled wine) as well as some gifty items.

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Schronbunn Palace

We all visited the summer place of the Hapsburgs. It just so happened we went on a super snowy day, so we walked around a bit and opted not to go inside. The palace grounds are beautiful. I’d also been before once previously during weather that actually felt like spring, and can say it’s also pretty then.

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Hundertwasser Haus

Soooo it’s no secret that I am obsessed with modern architecture (hellooooo Frank Gehry designed my law school and I specifically sought out the building he designed when I visited Prague). I also love Gaudí (duh). Luckily, one morning Rachael and I set out for a run and literally stumbled upon this amazing house designed by Hundertwasser. Rachael and I headed back there a few days later to check it out. So cool.

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Freud Museum

I am a huge psych nerd and was kicking myself for not making it to this museum when I visited Vienna 4 years ago. The museum itself is housed in Freud’s old apartment/office. We got to see the waiting room his patients would sit in, as well as the office he used to see patients. Unfortunately, the couch they would lie on his now housed in a museum in London. It was pretty cool to see some of his notes and writings.

waiting room.

waiting room.

oh you know, just some cocaine studies.

oh you know, just some cocaine studies.

Belvedere Palace

The Belvedere Palace was a must – it houses Gustav Klimt’s “The Kiss.” It was also home to the Hapsburgs during non-summer months. The museum was pretty impressive, and had some other Klimt pieces I found particularly impressive.

epic in person.

epic in person.

#love... Klimt - Avenue in Schloss Kammer Park

#love… Klimt – Avenue in Schloss Kammer Park

can't argue with a view like this.

can’t argue with a view like this.

The Kunsthorisches Museum (“The Koonst”)

This is essentially Vienna’s main art museum. Rachael and I headed here – and our first stop was lunch in the café – which was stunning in and of itself. We wandered around and checked out the massive art collection – including more Klimt as well as Velazquez and Vermeer.

The Koonst.

The Koonst.

view from the cafe.

view from the cafe.

Velazquez's Margarita Teresa (done at the same time as his Las Meninas)

Velazquez’s Margarita Teresa (done at the same time as his Las Meninas)

(Read about my ode to Las Meninas/Madrid obsession here).

Rachael and I both loved this painting:

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I’d definitely recommend a visit to the Koonst!

Other Vienna tips:

I’d also recommend visiting the Secession Hall to see the Klimt frieze that is there.

Visiting the huge open-air market known as the Nashmarkt. I had an incredible doner kebab there.

Other fun shopping opps include the department stores called Julius Meinl and the Bristol Farms equivalent at Hoher Markt.

I think that more or less covers all of the touristy things I did during my week in Vienna. I’d love to hear other recommendations people have or what their favorite thing about the city is! I’ll be back soon with a food post.

Vis Moot in Vienna

27 Mar

If you follow me on any form of social media, you’ve probably figured out that for about the last week or so, I’ve been in Vienna, Austria. The cool part is I’m here for a law school Moot competition.

I tried out for this team last July. We wrote briefs based on a complex set of facts relating to a breach of contract, and practiced our oral arguments a few times every week since January. It was a long haul but the pay-off was pretty great: over a week in Vienna on the law school’s dime? Yessss. My travel-obsessed self was pretty stoked when I heard about this possibility – and the trip came at the perfect time, too.

I realize I’ve been totally neglecting blogging – so I thought I’d break up the experience into a few different posts. We’re done with the competition, and since that is the reason I’m here I feel like that should come first.

We were competing in the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot. Since it was an arbitration, a lot of the formalities of trial/American Court were none existant. We remained during seated during the rounds, didn’t have to address the panel in any ritualistic manner, and we met people from all over the world.

the Vis logo.

the Vis logo.

We arrived in Vienna on Thursday night and our first argument was on Saturday, bright and early. There are 5 team members (4 of us argued). On the first day, Taylor and Aaron represented the Claimant against a Macedonian team, from Ss. Cyril University. The four main issues we discussed were broken into Procedural and Substantive issues. For the Claimant, Aaron argued that Respondent’s written witness statement should be kept out because he refused to appear for live questioning/cross-examination and that any purported oral modification needed to be evidenced by a signed writing. Taylor argued the substantive issues – that there was no oral modification and that Respondent’s use of child labor constituted fundamental breach of the contract. (Bored yet?).

the first round.

the first round.

The first round was pretty intense – the panel consisted of one particularly fiery arbitrator from New Zealand. She was pretty blatant with her scoffs and looks (mostly directed at Taylor). It was really beneficial for my partner Rachael and I to watch this round though so we could gear up for our next one the following day, where we would argue the other side. The boys’ round took place in a law firm – at Baker & McKenzie.

outside Baker & McKenzie: Vienna

outside Baker & McKenzie: Vienna

They don’t decide the case or declare a winner – but instead subjectively rate all of us on score cards. It’s a little bit frustrating, but they do provide feedback at the end of each round.

On Sunday, Rachael and I had our round at 10 am at the University of Vienna’s Law School. We went up against Nicholas Copernicus University’s team (they’re from Poland). They were pretty good – and they adorably keep a blog for their team. We enjoyed the round – both Rachael and I did well and got mostly positive feedback and were excited to go again on Tuesday.

Here’s a photo from right after our round. From left to right wer have our Polish opponents, our three arbitrators, me and Rachael. The arbitrators were Swiss, Singaporean, and French. It was fun – but they did pester me with a whole barrage of questions at one point.

Nicholas Copernicus v. Loyola Law School

Nicholas Copernicus v. Loyola Law School

counsel for Respondent at the Juridicum

counsel for Respondent at the Juridicum.

and yes I bought that awesome hat. And studded leather gloves. #WhatNow?

We had Monday off completely so we did a ton of sight-seeing and stuff. On Tuesday, Rachael and I went again, this time against the Finnish team from the University of Lapland. They weren’t as strong as the Polish team. I felt the strongest about this day of the competition. The boys went again at 4 pm – this time at the DLA Piper office in Vienna. They definitely had the bougie-r venues. They went against Charles University. They were by far the best of the teams we went up against.

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One arbitrator from Mexico City asked some really tough questions, but they did very well. After this, we jetted to the Announcement to hear if we advanced. Unfortunately, we were not in the top 64 teams (out of 296). All in all, though, this was an awesome experience and I think we were all very happy we did it.

Lemme know if you have any questions about the moot! I’ll be back soon with a run-down of my Vienna favs!