Sunday, April 23, 2006

Fulbright Weekend

We had a weekend in Altenmarkt in Pongau in the provence of Salzburg sponsored by the Austrian-American Fulbright commission. There were lectures on psychology, photography, biology & aging, and marketing by visiting Fulbright professors, and group "brainstorming activities" for the American Fulbright scholars currently in Austria & Austrian students that will be going to the USA as teaching assistants next year. Normally one goes to these types of weekends with a bit of skepticism, but it turned out to be fantastic. The lectures were stimulating and it was great to be social with so many different people. I was so busy enjoying myself that I didn't take any pictures of people, but I did take some of the scenery when we had free time and went on a hike.







We came across a farm that had Scottish Highland Cows.





Some more artistic photos...


Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Fürstenstand

Melissa and Robin went on a hike to the highest point in Graz, 764 meters (2500 feet), Fürstenstand. There is a Buschenschank (a restaurant), Mausser, at the top with a great view of Graz to look at while you're sipping a refreshing beverage after a sweaty hike. Fun!
We watched a small rain storm move across Andritz (the northern section of Graz)



At the top there is a 360 degree view. This is looking west into the valley with the village of Thal: This is looking north:

Monday, April 17, 2006

Ljubljana

We took a trip down to Ljubljana, Slovenia for the weekend. It's amazing how different somewhere can be after only a 3 1/2 hour train ride. The architecture is similar, but the language is Slavic in origin, so we were completely clueless! Luckily, people are very friendly and speak very good English.
Here are two views from the castle:
This is the crazy stair we climbed up to get to the top of the castle:

The old part of town along the river is quite charming with many street-side cafes and some great people watching. (Once you leave the old part of town, it's a bit depressing though.)

The Dragon Bridge is in the Art Nouveau style:








Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Spring