OK Program Highlights: Part 2

February 18, 2013 – February 28, 2013

February 18, 2013
OPEC is headquartered in Vienna, Austria, so we were able to tour the building and sit in the main conference room of the OPEC member countries.

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PHOTO: OPEC Building.

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PHOTO: Sitting in the minister of Ecuador’s seat in the OPEC conference room.

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PHOTO: OPEC Conference Room

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PHOTO: Me looking official at OPEC.

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PHOTO: Left to right- Me, Dani, and Laura- with the OPEC gavel.

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PHOTO: OPEC Gavel

February 19, 2013
Parliament Tour

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PHOTO: Austrian Parliament Building

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PHOTO: Inside the Parliament building.

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PHOTO: Where the Austrian Parliament meets.

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PHOTO: Me in front of the Austrian Parliament Building.

February 20, 2013
Vienna City Hall Tour

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PHOTO: View from inside the city hall building.

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PHOTO: Tour guide talking about the Vienna local government.

Coolest Part of Vienna City Hall:
The continuously moving elevator!! The special elevator inside of the city hall is known as a “paternoster lift.” This is a passenger elevator that consists of a chain of open compartments that move slowly in a loop up and down inside the building without stopping. It was about a 5 minute ride to go all the way around the loop in the elevator.
You had to hop on and off while the elevator was moving–which was kind of scary.
I may or may not have tripped when I was coming out of it the first time… 😛

Here’s a video of me on the elevator:

February 21, 2013
Catacombs of St. Stephen’s Cathedral
We got to tour the catacombs underneath St. Stephen’s cathedral, which is an underground burial place containing the mausoleum of the bishops, some members of the Habsburg family, and a mass grave of hundreds who died during the plague.

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PHOTO: St. Stephen’s Cathedral.

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PHOTO: Inside St. Stephen’s Cathedral.

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PHOTO: Inside St. Stephen’s Cathedral

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PHOTO: Entering the catacombs.

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PHOTO: Mass grave- bones of hundreds who died during the plague in Vienna.

February 28, 2013
OK Program Scavenger Hunt
One of the most fun parts of the program was the last day when we had to do a scavenger hunt all around Vienna. We got into groups and were given a paper that had different tasks that we needed to complete, such as asking a local Viennese person what certain Viennese phrases mean and taking pictures in front of various landmarks. It was a competition, and we got points based on our completion time, the creativity of our name, and the creativity of our picture poses.

We formed a group of 6 girls and 1 guy, named Simon, so we decided to name our group: “Simon XIII & his 6 wives,” (after King Henry XIII who had 6 wives).

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PHOTO: Team photo representing our team name: “Simon XIII & his 6 wives.”

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PHOTO: Our team dressed up in some traditional Austrian attire.

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PHOTO: Challenge was to take a picture in front of one of the original modes of transportation in Vienna (horse-drawn carriages)

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PHOTO: Challenge was to take a picture in front of the Karlskirche Cathedral. We decided to get creative and spell out our school’s name: “WU.”

Unfortunately we did not win the Scavenger Hunt, and ended up getting fourth place. We were rigged, because I’m pretty sure we had all the most creative poses out of everyone. 😛 Oh well, the experience was still a lot of fun!!

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