From Vienna

by Jeffrey Carter


Charissa at the Mozarthaus in Vienna.

Charissa Paschke, a junior music major, wrote this news from Vienna this past Saturday:

I love Vienna!

While my online class is a lot of work, I am very glad that we were able to make my schedule work. La Traviata at the Volksoper was wonderful, and La Bohème at the Staatsoper was simply stunning. I was able to take advantage of the free admittance night at the MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Art and attend Stefan Sagmeister’s “the happy show.”

We spent last Saturday being guided around Vienna by one of the full time Vienna students. We shopped at the Naschmarkt(flee market and farmers market), grabbed sausage from one of the sausage stands, walked the catacombs of St. Stephens Cathedral, and toured Hofburg Imperial palace where we learned about their last emperor and empress Franz Joseph and Sisi.

Yesterday a few of us were able to explore the various Easter markets throughout the city and tomorrow we will attend Mass at one of the cathedrals to truly experience a Viennese Easter. I am currently on a train to Salzburg to see the Easter markets and experience the city life. With the student discount, it is less than 50 euros to travel to and from Salzburg!! 

I am falling in love with this city. Between the art, history, and general appreciation for music, I have never experienced a city as rooted in classical music. It has been a wonderful experience so far! Being able to experience a culture that is as passionate about music as I am is refreshing. 

The campus is easy to access and our dorms are very accessible. The Viennese students are open and willing to share their knowledge of the city with us. As the term forges on, I am excited for all of the adventures to come.