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September 11, 2010

Drawing first blood(plasma)

Yesterday I went and donated blood plasma for the first time. I was a little scared cause everybody had told me that they use huge needles and that I might get a haematoma. Also I already get a bit light headed when they draw just a little bit of my blood for testing. And no, it’s not cause I can’t see blood. :)

I had already been at the ward a month ago, but there is like a huge list of things that make you get excluded from donating blood. For example having been to Africa in the last 6 month. Oops. So I had to wait until enough time had passed and come back then. It’s not as simple as I had imagined… But now after I’d been tested for I think probably EVERYthing I was finally allowed to donate. And it wasn’t bad at all. The people were very experienced, (not the poke-your-arm-five-times-until-they-find-the-vein type), really friendly and obliging and I got some chocolate and the little heart you can see on the picture. It was also very interesting to see the machines filtering the plasma from the blood. And I don’t know why exactly, but just a nice, kinda different experience.

Oh and yes, the needles are a bit big ;)

September 8, 2010

SWKT a.k.a. black forest cake

Okay, so a guy whom I got to know recently is a huge fan of the black forest cake – ‘Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte’ in german. As this is way too hard to remember for someone who doesn’t speak german, he just calls it SWKT (sounds good somehow, doesn’t it? – very official, like serious business, exactly as it should be with cakes ;) Anyway, he was kinda doubting that I could really make one and therefore being the mean person I am, I sent him a picture to show that I do. Didn’t really want to have a huge gateau in my fridge though, so I just made a tiny version but I think it turned out quite nicely. :)

September 7, 2010

Vienna by bike? – defo!

Vienna is a bit like a huge village, within the outer circle (Gürtel) you can get everywhere within 20 to 30 minutes. By bike that is. I still cannot really understand why anyone would want to use the subway here. It’s dirty, smelly and people always look like someone just died. A friend of mine once said: “If you want to continue liking Vienna don’t use the subway” Also in my case it would take me half an hour to get to university with public transportation, whereas by bike (even if I drive pretty slow) I’m there in 10-15 minutes.

Taking the tram on the other hand is really nice. You can see everything that’s going on on the streets and some of the wagons are quite old and have a nice retro feeling about them. So it’s a huge difference to the subway. Tram – good. Subway – bad. ;)

What I understand even less than taking the subway though is using a car in Vienna. There are absolutely no parking slots available and even if you find one -the tickets are like really expensive and also there is always sooo much traffic. Really love passing the standing cars on my bike :) And don’t get me wrong, I do like car rides, especially long ones during the night when it’s raining… that’s just so cozy! But here in Vienna I think it’s pretty much just laziness. And a waste of time actually. I don’t get it. Help me out? What do you think? Or how is it in your city?

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