JenSop: The Singing Traveler!

Idealist. Dreamer. Singer. Explorer.

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Well, here I am in Vienna!

I thought I’d give a brief update on my journey so far.

For those of you who saw or spoke to me before I left, you know I was a definite mix of excited and nervous for this big adventure. It didn’t help that a lot of negative stuff happened in the weeks before my trip, which really messed with my stress levels and overall focus. (And that’s why I now have a lawyer to handle all that stuff!) But I tried to think of this trip AS an adventure. (Which of course means I thought of it as an adventure done all Lord of the Rings style – my own quest through Middle Earth, so to speak…. ‘Cause I’m a dork like that…)

The flight over was pretty uneventful. I couldn’t really sleep much, but that didn’t surprise me. I did at one point look out the window and noticed just how awesome the stars looked. I could see Cassiopeia right out in front of me (the stars were all SO bright and clear) and the distinct curvature of the Earth below me. Very cool.

When we were approaching Munich for landing, I wondered why it still looked like we were in the middle of the clouds – no sight of any land. Pretty soon I realized it was because of all the snow. The ground was covered with snow, and it was coming down pretty steady. Thankfully, we still had an easy uneventful landing. (yay!)

I grabbed the Lufthansa airport bus to the train station. If you ever have to get from the airport to the train station in Munich, let me just tell you that they are not near each other. it was a decent half hour drive to the train station.

And being a little on the clueless side, I had to seek the assistance of the information desk to figure out what to do next. (I didn’t have any experience with trains on main land Europe.) I got my Rail Pass activated, and they told me which train to get to take me to Vienna.

The train left around 11:30am, and we got to Vienna around 3:45pm. Yup – lots of long travel. I did doze off a few times on the train, and when I was awake, I got to see lots of snow covered countryside.

Once I got to Vienna, I had some trouble finding my hotel. My apartment contract started on February 15th, so I had to find a place to stay for my first night. I found a cheap place (which I booked just a couple of days before I left), but for the life of me I couldn’t find it. So I had to ask at the UBahn station, where I was fortunately given good directions. In the meantime, I was walking block after block with very heavy luggage. I got quite the work out! 🙂

I stayed at the Donau Walzer Hotel – along the outer ring. There were definite plusses and minuses with this place. On the plus side, the service was excellent. And the hotel is neat and clean. BUT, the neighborhood leaves a bit to be desired. I am not the kind of girl who’s afraid to walk around a city at night – heck, I’ve done it plenty of times in NYC and Philly. But this area seemed especially…. run down? Kind of sketchy. Lots of dark abandoned looking buildings and the buildings that were open, well, didn’t look so great. Just my general impression. And another one for the minus side – free wifi allowed only in the cafe part downstairs – while you’re consuming something you bought at the cafe. (I had two green teas so I could sit in the cafe for awhile and check email and facebook.) Seriously – in this day and age, wifi should be free for hotel guests!
But for one night, it was fine for me. Plus – it included free breakfast in the morning! And I just wanted to get some rest after going so long without any.

Alas, jet lag always gets the best of me. I got to sleep around midnight, but woke up around 3:30 and couldn’t get back to sleep. I played Boggle on my iPhone for awhile, then got back to sleep around 6:30, only to be woken up not long after by the fire alarm. Yeah. Ugh. I got my shoes and coat on and went into the hallway to figure out what the heck was going on, just to have the alarm stop. I called the front desk just to find out everything was fine.

After breakfast, I got my stuff and got out of there. But I had to get my heavy luggage on the U6, then transfer to the U3, and then on to the U2. (The UBahn is the subway system here in Vienna.) Kind of a tricky task, but I did it.

Now I’m in my apartment. It’s small, but plenty big for me. It has high ceilings and lots of light coming in through the windows. It’s right next to the UBahn stop, and there’s a grocery store right across the street. Alles ist gut!


Author: JenSop

One of my favorite quotes is, "If your dreams don't scare you, they're not big enough." I guess I've been a dreamer all my life - I set my sights high and then I try to reach the sky. Some might call me a naive idealist, but that's just the way I am. I believe in always taking the high road, I believe in true love, and I believe in treating people the way you want to be treated. If you put good out into the world, good will come back to you! Being the dreamer that I am, I pursued singing as my primary life's calling - I've got two degrees in classical voice under my belt, and I sing just about anything under the sun. I also love a good adventure. Over the past few years, I've done quite a bit of world traveling, and have even lived abroad for stretches at a time: mostly in Vienna (Austria) and Croatia. A few years ago, I was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time, and I became a travel agent who specializes in Disney vacations. (Seriously, I KNOW Disney - I've been going regularly since I was a little girl - and I LOVE it!) And with all my experience traveling and living in Europe, I'm becoming quite the specialist in that travel category as well. (And last year, I started working as a Tour Director in Central Europe!) As to the other juicy details of my life - I'm originally from Pennsylvania, I'm married to an awesome Croatian man named Miloš who is the BEST adventure partner a girl could ask for. (He's also an expert on knowing how to make me smile.) He's truly the love of my life! I've also had all kinds of other jobs along the way, besides singer and travel pro. (Which is pretty standard for those of us who went to school for music.) I've worked part time weekends as a Disney Princess look-alike for children's parties. I've been teaching for almost 20 years, and have lots of experience in retail and customer service. Oh, and I should also probably mention that I'm a huge Lord of the Rings/Star Trek nerd! :-) Let's all go along for an adventure, shall we?

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