JenSop: The Singing Travel Pro!

Idealist. Dreamer. Singer. Explorer.

Around Vienna…

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Today I wanted to do some things to get ready to leave for my audition.  I’m heading out tomorrow for Bad Homburg (near Frankfurt), and wanted to make sure I had the exact right schedule information.   So after going to a print shop to have extra copies of my resume printed out, I decided to take the UBahn to the Westbahnhof.  That’s one of the major train stations here that goes to western Europe.  I got a nice little print out with times.  This time I was traveling alone and would be checking out the First Class seats that my Rail Pass entitled me to.  At least if I had to endure a really long trip, it would be in nice comfort!

While at the station, I could tell that my blood sugar was feeling a little low, so I decided to grab a little bit of food.  That’s when I saw the bread wrapped in cheese and bacon.  Yes please!

Then instead of taking the UBahn back, I thought I’d walk all the way back to my apartment.  It was chilly out, but there was still some lovely afternoon sunshine to enjoy!  It was about a three mile walk (I checked that on Google Maps) and I thought it would be some good exercise!

I walked up Mariahilfestrasse, which has tons of shops on it.  And it also was my old neighborhood when I came to Vienna two years ago.  I stopped into a few shops to look, but no buying for this girl!  Although I was tempted at the store that had all kinds of awesome tights and stockings.  Seriously, every color and pattern you could think of…..  And even lots of the thigh high socks that I’ve really gotten into – but in SO many more awesome colors and patterns.  It took all my self control to walk out empty handed – haha!

Here are some pics from my walk today…..

Mmmm... bread wrapped with cheese and bacon!

Mmmm... bread wrapped with cheese and bacon!

My old neighborhood by the Zieglergasse Ubahn stop!

My old neighborhood by the Zieglergasse Ubahn stop!

Walking up Mariahilfestrasse

Walking up Mariahilfestrasse

Walking up Mariahilfestrasse

Walking up Mariahilfestrasse

Top of Mariahilfestrasse - approaching the Museums Quartier

Top of Mariahilfestrasse - approaching the Museums Quartier

Pretty statue....

Pretty statue....

Mozart statue

Mozart statue

Goethe statue (awesome poet that all of us singers have sung Lieder using his poetry)

Goethe statue (awesome poet - all of us singers have sung Lieder using his poetry)

Staatsoper (Vienna Opera House)

Staatsoper (Vienna Opera House)

Staatsoper (Vienna Opera House)

Staatsoper (Vienna Opera House)

Kärntnerstrasse

Kärntnerstrasse

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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 this year, I've 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 engaged 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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