The Best Valentine's Ever?

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Valentinstag (Valentine's Day auf Deutsch) has come and gone.  It was, by far, my favorite night thus far (you know, of all six nights to choose from).  Caroline organized a "pub crawl" -- a tour of the pubs and bars in Salzburg -- and it began at Shamrock.  Out of the 52 students in our program, 40 showed up, so it was a great group, and so fun. 

For some strange reason, the pub crawl started at 5:30?  We're not sure why.  And because it started so early, most of us were in bed by 10:30....

Anyway, we all met at Shamrock and went inside, where we, of course, ordered our signature margarita pizza...  From there, we went to Murphy's, and then to O'Malley's, and it didn't end up being too much of a 'pub crawl' because those were the only places we went!  We didn't mind, though.  It was just one of those nights where the atmosphere is so conducive to having a good time, and you're surrounded by so many people you love, and it's just impossible not to have fun.  So much laughter...  We're at this phase in our group where there's sort of this collective understanding: we are about to spend the most amazing next few months together.  Everyone feels it - it's almost electric.  I guess I shouldn't even say we're 'about to' have the most amazing few months because it's already begun.  We are having the time of our lives and every night, I actually feel a pang of sadness that our semester is one day closer to ending.  Again, may I remind you, we've only been here a week.  

I think I might have a problem.

Anyhow, the weather is still so, so cold.  In fact, on our pub crawl, as we were walking from points A to B to C, I kept asking Caroline, "Are we there yet?  Are we just a minute away?  Just tell me we're close even if we're not.  I can't take it, otherwise."  Walking through the snow, I felt like my toes were about to break right off.

I am still so happy with my roommate set-up.  Caroline and I are inseparable and, again, I can't imagine not wanting to live with her.  We have already bonded so much as roommates; one of our "roommate bonding activities" is walking to the vending machines to get chocolate, like Milka bars and/or Ritter Sports.  We are about to have to cut ourselves off, though, because the habit is getting excessive.  It's just too tempting, especially since the vending machine is in I.K. (we do have to walk across the courtyard, though, so there's that).  When we're feeling like we need to be a little bit healthier than chocolate, we opt for "protein bars", which are actually Snickers. 

Here are some pictures from Valentine's Day (or rather, Valentine's Night): Kayla, Sandy, Lindsay, me, and Caroline.  The first picture is from Shamrock, the second from O'Malley's.

Quote of the day: "You're my best friend and I love you and if you weren't here I would probably be dead." -- Sandy, to me, during a "moment" we shared on Valentine's Night

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