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An Art-filled Afternoon at the Albertina

My stay in Vienna wouldn’t be complete without visiting at least one museum. With all the museums in this city, it would be regrettable to not visit even just one. For my first museum trip, I specifically chose to visit the Albertina. I felt that their line-up of exhibits at that time would suit my… Continue reading An Art-filled Afternoon at the Albertina

Weaving My Dream to Be a Writer

via Daily Prompt: Pursue The very moment I stepped inside the University of Vienna’s Hauptbibliothek, I felt right at home. It was a beautiful, old-fashioned European library. There’s a short spiral staircase leading to the bookshelves that were arranged alphabetically. Long tables line up the room. Each table has reading lamps that look like scales,… Continue reading Weaving My Dream to Be a Writer

Watching The Marriage of Figaro at the Wiener Staatsoper

It was such a joy to see Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro) at the Wiener Staatsoper (Vienna State Opera House) last night, May 2, 2017. It was my first live opera but not my first experience watching a show at the Wiener Staatsoper. Last March 4, I watched the ballet Onegin… Continue reading Watching The Marriage of Figaro at the Wiener Staatsoper

Capturing the Seasons in Literature

Living in a temperate country for the past three months made me learn more about the beauty of, and problems that go with, the changing of the seasons. No wonder weather and seasons have been the subject of many a poem. It was winter when I arrived in Austria. From the window of the train,… Continue reading Capturing the Seasons in Literature

On Maurice, Shakespeare, and the Wonders of Literature

In Beauty and the Beast (2017), when Belle returns home from her morning routine, she finds her father Maurice tinkering with a music box designed as a windmill house while reflecting through song about love’s role in preserving memories. The atmosphere of this scene is something very familiar to me. In my family, reflecting on… Continue reading On Maurice, Shakespeare, and the Wonders of Literature

A Tale as Old as Time, But in Keeping with the Times

[Review and Analysis of Disney's Beauty and the Beast Live Action Remake] WARNING: I will be tackling the major differences between the 2017 live action and the 1991 animated film Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast”, so there will be spoilers throughout this review. If you haven’t seen the movie yet and you do not like… Continue reading A Tale as Old as Time, But in Keeping with the Times

Vienna’s Art and History, In Daily Life

Last March 4, I met a friend who was visiting Vienna for the weekend. Our itinerary comprised of visiting the grounds of the Schönbrunn Palace, strolling along the riverside of the Danube, and walking through the scenic route from the Stephansplatz to the Hofburg Palace to the Vienna Burggarten to the Museums Quartier, and finally… Continue reading Vienna’s Art and History, In Daily Life