Center Stage: European Tour Center Stage Update Day 1
PVGC member Ryan Straut smiles for the camera as the students pack their luggage into the buses at Ross Ade parking lot before leaving for O'Hare Airport.
Some of the PMO students hang out in the Frankfort airport while waiting for the second leg of their flight to Vienna to board.
Beethoven's grave was one of several famous musicians' and composers' graves we visited at the Zentralfriedhof (Central Cemetary) just outside of Vienna.
The Ringstrasse is home to many famous and beautiful buildings in Vienna, including the K.K. Hofburgtheater.
The Wiener Rathaus, Vienna's City Hall, was designed by the engineer Friedrich Schmidt and was built in 1883. In 1899, the Rathauskeller, a huge restaurant, was built in the basement of the Rathaus. This lovely restaurant hosted our Welcome Dinner!
The students, staff and guests gather in one of the large dining rooms. The restaurant hosted 3,500 people that night including us!
The meal that night included Viennese specialties including beef stew with pancake strips and chives (pictured here), wiener snitzel, and apple strudel.
The students, staff, and guests enjoyed this time to relax and eat a good meal and get to know each other better. Seated here from left to right are Diana Powell (Purduettes), Kim Van Meter (former PMO staff), Nick Miller (Purdue Varsity Glee Club), and Erica Downey (Purdue Bells)
This trip started off great for me, though I can't say the same for the Iberia flight group, who had problems with their flight and ended up being delayed 7 hours in the Madrid airport. Everyone is now here though, and the Iberia group arrived safely to Vienna just in time for the Welcome Dinner. So far, everyone has been very welcoming and I've enjoyed our time in Vienna very much. I'm looking forward to spending my birthday tomorrow exploring the Schloß Schönbrunn (the Hapsbug's Summer Palace), attending the Purduettes concert at St. Stephen's Cathedral, and performing at the Kulturzentrum with the Glee Club and Purduettes!
~ Moriah Yearwood, Purdue Bells