The worldwide Augustana College experience

My name is Leslie Scheck, and I am a junior at Augustana. I am a psychology major with a biology minor. My hometown is Yorkville, Illinois. On campus, I am involved in CUBOM, Center for Vocational Reflection, and Active Minds. I have never been to Europe, so traveling to Vienna is going to be an amazing experience. Along with going to Austria, I will be making trips to Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Italy, Germany, France, Spain, The Netherlands and Ireland. I hope to experience as many new activities that I possibly can!

Auschwitz

Our entire class spent the weekend in Poland.  On our last day there we visited Auschwitz which was the largest Nazi concentration and extermination camp.  This was one of the most emotional days of my life.  As a student I have always read about the concentration camps and what the Nazis did to the Jewish [...]

Easter Break in Barcelona, Spain

 Easter Break was spent in Barcelona, Spain.  Our trip to get there was quite an adventure.  We had to take a train from Vienna to Bratislava, Slovakia.  Then from the Bratislava Train Station we had to take a bus to the Bratislava Airport.  We then took a Ryanair flight from Bratislava to Girona, Spain.  Then we [...]

Venice

This week’s blog is about the weekend trip to Venice, Italy. Don’t worry, no earthquakes there.

Mendel Museum and Munich

This week was the week of traveling.  On Thursday we travelled with the entire class to Brno, Czech Republic.  It was another early day leaving our residence at 5:45 in the morning.  The train ride was only around 2 hours which was really nice.  When we first got there we went to the Gregory Mendel [...]

Budapest, Hungary

Guten Tag! Yesterday we took a day trip to Budapest Hungary.  We left at the ungodly hour of 6:00 am to catch our 3 1/2 hour train to Budapest.  We stayed in the compartments in the train like you always see in the movies.  When looking outside, I often felt that I was looking at [...]

Rainy Days in Vienna

Guten Tag! Our first week of classes in Vienna have officially started.  The weather has been rainy and windy everyday, claiming many umbrellas, including 2 of Kristen Classen’s in one day.   Along with the bad weather, our first week of doing laundry in the sink has started.  The Viennese do not use dryers, and in [...]

First Impressions of Vienna

Hallo from Vienna!! We arrived in Vienna 3 days ago and have been staying at The Wombat Hostel on the southwestern side of the city.  On the plane ride here we experienced a great deal of turbulence, making sleeping almost impossible.  Therefore staying awake for the first day to avoid jet lag was quite a [...]