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Holiday Plans!

I know, it is still some time to go, but: For my first semester break in February 2012, I already have made plans and booked a flight.

It’s an enormously cheap offer by Austrian Airlines: Vienna – New York for less than 390 Euros!

I will stay in the US for 2 weeks, with short trips to Boston, Philadelphia and Washington. I already spent 4 days in New York some years ago, and I guess, I’ll have about one week this time 🙂

By the way, the offer by Austrian Airlines is only valid for the rest of today. There are also cheap flights to Toronto (around 450 Euros) and Washington (around 500 Euros).

Looking for …

a flatmate. Actually, two flatmates. One has already left the flat, the other still has to pass one final exam in October, so the second room will be available as of October.

Still, we are already looking for new flatmates now, as we want to get this done. One new flatmate is already pretty much fixed – and that’s, interestingly, for the room being vacant as of October. For the other one, we already had some more people over, but we’re not 100% convinced yet.

We will see.

Condolences? Gratulations?

I’m not sure which is more suitable to this, and so are my friends. Some are happy, some are sad, but it was unavoidable.

Due to regulations for the scholarship and some other stuff concerning my studies, I had to become Viennese. It’s official since Thursday, August 18, 5.15 pm.

I’m not tyrolean any more (at least in the population register).

A Song of Ice and Fire

Some weeks ago, I guess it was around the end of June, a friend of mine told me about this awesome HBO series he had discovered. It was called “A Game of Thrones”, and being totally new, was yet not broadcasted in the european area.

What should I say. I started watching the series, 11 episodes of 50-55 minutes each, and I finished within about one week. It’s a great series, with a wonderful cast, amazing landscapes and sets, and the storylines are really good. After finishing the 11 episodes, I checked the wikipedia article to see when the next season was planned to air.


How should I make it without knowing how the story goes on, until 2012? That’s one year!

But then I discovered this little sentence: “Based upon the novel >A Game of Thrones< by George R. R. Martin." Two days later, I had found and ordered the whole box, including three more books of the series, on Amazon. Another 3 days later, one day before my birthday, the box arrived.

What should I say. I started on July 15th, and by today, I am on page 193 of book four, "A Feast for Crows". Fortunately, book five, "A Dance with Dragons", has been published as a hardback shortly after I bought the box, so the paperback will come soon, too. Still, Martin has showed that he sometimes needs a bit longer to write his books than he plans to. Book 4 and 5 each took about 4 years to be published.

At least, in 2012 the next season, based upon "A Clash of Kings", will air.