Danny's Summer '06 Study Abroad
We got up and walked to a local building for music and art class this morning. I got back my 2nd music test that we took before leaving and I got a 100 after the 13 pt curve, so that's comforting to know I'm starting off right. We've turned in 1 concert report and Hayden is threatening to take us to an Opera tonight w/ the cheap seats, which means that we'll be standing for 3-4 hours. In music we don't have a final test, we only have to write a 7-10 pg paper, so that might be good. Well enough about the school aspect. We went into Zurich on our bus (15 min. ride) at 11 and we walked around to find some food and sight see before we went to a museum at 2. There aren't nearly as many venders or restaurants as there is in Paris, and the restaurants that they do have are pretty expensive. We finally found a sandwich stand and I got a big, juicy bratwurst. It was great b/c it was hot and the weather is pretty crappy (40's and rain off and on). There is a main river (Limmat) that divides the city east & west and opens up to a big lake (Zurichsee), which has a lot of small sailboats docked. Looking out over the lake appears to be a lot of homes along the mountains and towards the south are the Alps, w/ snowcaps. There aren't many monuments: a large clock tower (St. Peter's) a smaller one (Fraumunster) and a big Church (Grossmunster). That's all we saw today, and there really isn't that much more. The architecture is completely different from Paris, and there are a lot of little streets w/ stone paved roads that wind around the city. After that we went to the Kunsthaus museum and looked at a lot of modern Pop art. It also had some medieval, impressionism, and realism art like van Gough and Monet. We found out that we aren't going to an opera and instead we're going to a duo concert. So we go back to the hotel and have to dress up b/c this is supposed to be a great concert w/ one of the best pianists and cellists in the world. They play 4 sonatas, 3 Beethoven's and 1 Mozart. Some of the people sitting around us were kind of pissed at us b/c we were taking notes and making the slightest bit of noise. They'd give us odd looks if we barely moved in our chairs. Anyways we headed back to Kluton and our leader, Jason, told us some interesting stories about leaving students in cities b/c we just found out that 7 students in one of the other groups didn't make the bus from Barcelona to Madrid. Basically Jason don't play and when he says the bus leaves at 8 am he means it b/c he's left students behind that he's seen come running to the bus 30 sec. late. We hung out at the hotel bar until it closed and then got ready for tomorrow.