I just got confirmation today that as of July 1st those holding a Student Visa in Austria are permitted to work up to 10 hours a week without an income limit and without a ‘Labor Market Test’ having to be executed. (These tests are usually conducted when a company or institution wishes to hire a foreign employee. They attempt to find an Austrian who can do the exact same job who is currently out of work, thereby preventing ‘foreigners’ from taking jobs from ‘real Austrians’.)
If I am accepted to the University and granted a Student Visa, then this is fantastic news. Even more fantastic is that once I complete half of my Master’s I may then work up to 20 hours a week.
Suffice it to say, this is excellent news.
I am also currently assembling my University of Vienna application. All I have left is to make some copies and print a few supporting documents from Macalester’s website. (You know, to prove to them that I went to a fantastic college and received a superb education).
I can apply as of Monday!
Tonight Elaine and I are going to the American Ambassador to Austria’s residence for a Fourth of July party. I’m really hoping that there are buckets of potato salad from Costco, flown in especially for the occasion. :-) [Also hoping to meet some really cool people!].
“Biddy walking up to the Gloriette shoulda worn tennis shoes today. ‘OMG my calves hurt. Omg i stubbed my toe’”—A text I received from Andy, who presumably ran into some of our compatriots ascending the hill at Schönbrunn Palace.
“Mars schenkt Ihnen jetzt viel Energie, die Sie auch wirklich gut brauchen können, um eine schwierige Aufgabe zu meistern. Alles läuft bestens.”—My horoscope today in Heute. It’s in Heute, so it must be true, right? Let’s hope so…
Kurt, a frozen yogurt boutique, has recently opened off of Hoher Markt in the first district (Schultergasse 2). It was recommended to Elaine and I by our dear friend Anda. We decided to meet there this past Saturday for an afternoon treat, only to find out that they had closed for two days in preparation for their upcoming grand opening. Dismayed, we had ice cream around the corner.
The wait was killing me yesterday while they were still closed, and so I planned to meet a friend there today. Kurt did not disappoint. I had their white tea frozen yogurt, which was both satisfyingly sweet as well as refreshing without overpowering the natural yogurt taste. It was excellent. We sat in their air conditioned downstairs, fashionably sleek with a leather couch and small stools. And for us young people there is free wireless!
If you’re in the area, I can’t recommend it enough. Heck, if you’re anywhere in Vienna and looking for something less sinful than ice cream or gelato, I can’t recommend it enough.
A medium serving without toppings was 3,50. With three toppings I think is 4.
“After all, the states are the lavatories of democracy.”—During a report about Mitt Romney’s Presidential campaign on Al Jazeera, an older supporter attending the announcement excused Romney’s prior support of universal healthcare by arguing the above. The lavatories, eh?