2 americans, an italian, and the city of salzburg.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011



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during caroline's visit, we had plans to go to salzburg for my favorite student festival (anyone reading this who knew me in salzburg is laughing right now; i was obsessed with this studentfest…/still am).  i updated my facebook status and jokingly asked, “who wants to come?”  five minutes later, my italian friend, francesco (who studied with both me and caroline in salzburg 2 years ago), sent me a message saying that was getting in his car and driving to salzburg. 

from bologna. 

yes, he lives in bologna, and he was driving 6 hours to meet me and caroline and go to the fest with us.

i feel like this is one of those times in which i have to say, “only in europe”. (well, yeah, only in europe can someone drive from italy to austria…but you know what i mean.  do you know what i mean?)

so, i jumped on a train to meet caroline in salzburg (she had gone a few days earlier, i had to stay in germany to work). 


sidenote:  coming into salzburg, i was sitting in the same train compartment with two american girls.  i couldn’t help but overhear their conversation, which consisted of the following quotes:
“isn’t it cool that salzburg is so close to the czech border?” (it’s not.)
“we could totally just take a walk in salzburg and end up in the czech republic!” (no, you totally could not do this.)
“i wish i spoke french. then i’d actually be able to communicate with people in this country.” (people in austria do not speak french.)
“look through the window! what city is that? it’s so pretty!  why are we slowing down?  we’re not in salzburg yet.” (yes, we are in salzburg and we’re slowing down because our train ride is over.)
….anyway, once i parted ways with those two little einsteins (but seriously, we all probably said stuff like that when we first started traveling....maybe.), i met caroline outside of the train station. 

moments after greeting her, francesco called me and said, “hey! meet me at mirabell gardens. let’s go to dinner.” 

other sidenote:  being able to, just, meet a friend at mirabell gardens is one of my greatest joys in life.

fast forward 10 minutes:  we’re waiting in mirabell gardens and francesco, in his sleek, shiny, brand new black audi pulls up (when asked how he drives such a nice car, he simply replied, “i’m italian!”) to take us to rossbraeu, one of our favorite restaurants (and where i ate my first meal in salzburg, ca. 2009!).  caroline got a schnitzel, i a bowl of soup, and we laughed and laughed as francesco told us of his lavish italian lifestyle (“yeah, my parents have money, what can i say?”), the mafia (“oh, it’s definitely still at large. italy couldn’t function without it!”) and how much he misses salzburg (don’t we all, ‘cesco…don’t we all…).  his accent is just the best (well, his austrian accent when speaking german is really the best, but let’s not talk about that… #sojealous).

oh, and, because he is a very well-connected individual, he somehow acquired free fest tickets for the 3 of us.  and to think that all this resulted from a facebook status…thanks, zuckerberg. i owe you one.

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we then finished our meal, got back in the car, drove around with the windows down, felt the cool breeze with the pixies’ ‘where is my mind’ (#fightclub) blaring through the speakers, and went to the student fest.  and then we lived happily ever after.

this was one of those nights where i thought to myself, “i really love my life”.


23 comments:

debbiecutieface said...

haha I had fun reading that...sounds like such an Italian boy to me ;) And seriously, no offense but Americans really do say the dumbest things sometimes...as someone who's lived abroad, I should know

CaseyWiegand said...

you are BEAUTIFUL!

kimberly rae said...

so fun! & i could probably excuse most of the comments by the americans, but speaking french in austria? really?? hahahah!

Dylan Fitzgerald said...

That Pixies song always makes me feel warm and fuzzy, which is weird because it comes at the end of Fight Club. Which also makes me feel warm and fuzzy. Which makes me potentially very screwed up...

Jenni Austria Germany said...

@dylan, noooo i know what you mean. such a good song/such a good movie.

The Michelle Show said...

I love spontaneous trips! I once got bored on a Saturday and when I posted it on facebook, a friend of mine in Ohio (I'm in Toronto Canada) posted "Come watch my soccer game tomorrow.".. Needless to say I grabbed my best friend and drove 6 hours into the night to Ohio on a whim. Came back 4 days later with some serious memories!

Dancing Branflake said...

So much fun! I totally know what you mean... Only in Europe. So glad you were able to see good friends and have a memorable time with them.

Alivia said...

Ahh I love your life too, haha! This sounds like so much fun.

Mackenzie said...

this sounds like so much fun! and those american girl quotes had me rooooolling.

Chelsea said...

um hi i want your life. or just to borrow it.

and caroline and jenni stories are my fav :)

Dana said...

sounds like you guys had an AMAZING time!!! Totally wish I lived in Europe! My trip to Spain last year did not last long enough! You inspire me to one day move!!! ;) xo

hayley j said...

haha to the americans...every american comment was pissing me off in dusseldorf and then in la...i can feel your pain.

Jasmine said...

I love Facebook (and maybe Mark Zuckerberg as well) because of things like this. It's such a great possibility to keep in touch with friends from other countries. Wish I could have such a spontaneous adventure instead of working right now.

Marie Photographie said...

My sisters and I grew up in Germany! (We're American). We're probably guilty of ignorance ourselves. But anyway, that trip sounds so fun! I love and miss Salzburg...the hills are alive! haha

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Alex said...

Let's trade lives for a day, yes?

abby said...

your travels {and bangs!} truly make me envious!

teeundschnaps said...

it´s soo good to safe this "i love my life"-moments in mind...
viele grüße aus berlin!
<3
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Bon Bon said...

I love YOUR life:-) xoxo

dana @ wonder forest said...

such a fun story! thanks for sharing your awesome life haha. what would we do without facebook huh!?
xo dana
thewonderforest.com

Bekah said...

I once calculated - it took me approximately 3 seconds to start scorning tourists once I moved to Heidelberg. I conviently forget how rediculous I have been (am, will be...) and turn up my nose at those "touris" walking in the bike lane with their nose in a map...ignorant fools. I constantly marvel at cultural/geographical/historical ignorance - French? In Austria? puh-lease. But at least they are traveling. Only good can come of that! (for the record, I am not a mean person. I help people - give directions - don't mock them openly. but I am still a little aloof. maybe.)

Also, I love how "ERASMUS"/study abroad people are ALWAYS game. love.

Jenni Austria Germany said...

@bekah, it's true! erasmus friends are the best.

Mighty Burns said...

ummm i really love your life too :)

Something White said...

Yes, indeed, from Vienna it is about 300km to Prague/Czech Republic and we went both to Budapest and Prague during our holidays. I´m quite curious why you chose Salzburg to accomplish your studies? And why Austria? It´s quite interesting. Do you parents live in Europe now as well? Sorry for my curiosity, but I do like interesting ´international´ stories like this, since I lived myself in different countries and my family is very ´international´ too: dad is Belgian, mother is from German origin, but from the Prussia part of Germany, which is now Russian area --> Kalliningrad/Königsberg. Her father was of French origin and her mother (my grandmother) from Polish origin. I´m Belgian, but met my Lithuanian husband when I (and he too) lived and studied philosophy/theology in France...