Phone Plan Prices and the Thrift Shop

I got a Drei sim card in Vienna at €9.90. My classmate got his in Mediamart in Buhl Centre, a mall in Krems, for less than €4. Feeling terribly cheated as usual. I thought this sort of thing only happened in Southeast Asia. I guess not.

Verschönerungsverein Stein and the Party in the Mountains


Weather in Austria, August 2015

When I arrived on 13 Aug 2015 in Vienna, it was hot. I think it was up to 32 degrees Celsius sometimes. The trouble is, Vienna wasn't built for such heat. The structure of the buildings meant that most rooms had no moving air, night or day, and that made it even hotter. Worse, almost nobody had a fan in Vienna.

The Meldezettel and Bureaucratic Banking Idiosyncracies

The meldezettel is a document of residency you must get within three days of arriving at your location. My classmates and I filled up the application form for the meldezettel differently (below left). As a result, we received a different wording under "Wohnsitzqualitat" on the meldezettel (right). I got "Nebenwohnsitz", or secondary residence. They got "Hauptwohnsitz", or principal residence.

Don't Change Money at an Airport

This might seem obvious. But for us coming from Asia, it might not be obvious enough. To give you an idea: