Monday, October 5, 2009

Week #4 Cool Down and a Record Breaking Weekend!

So, the Week after the GC everything kind of slowed down...a lot. This was when a lot of people took a day or 2 off because the last week was really pretty crazy for most everyone.

I was supposed to join a group of colleagues and go to SAL on Friday the 25th....however..... a little bit of a news popped up that morning that caused just a little bit a stress for everyone...a secret nuclear facility in Iran. Things actually got pretty interesting that day and the following week, reading all the emails sent out and the news reports talking about the IAEA and Vienna- pretty cool to be right in the middle of some big international scandal...kind of.

The coolest thing I did this week was that I was in charge of writing part of the GC cable; the parts about the meetings I attended by myself. So I was told that I wrote well (thank you GPS English teachers!) however I needed to basically pare it down some more, take out filler words, etc... So I did, and apparently it was okay because the cables were sent on!
The only other thing that happened that week, that I was involved in, was a brown bag lunch to talk about"lessons learned" I was just there as a spectator to listen in on what they were talking about, so it was pretty interesting hearing what they thought went right and what didn't during the Conference.
So that was basically it for the work week.....

On Sunday 9/27 another intern and I decided to head down to the Prater (the big ferris wheel and amusement park) to watch the "record breaking" day. It was called Vienna Recordia. It was pretty amusing if only to people watch...mullets, weird shaved haircuts, interesting clothing...and the cutest dog I have ever seen! We didn't really see a lot of it because we got there after it had started and left before it had ended... But, we did see a man bouncing a soccer ball on his head (apparently he'd been at it for a couple of hours before we got there). unfortunately he did not break that record. We also saw a man trying to break the record for how many M&Ms he could eat with a chopstick in 5 min. It was pretty funny to watch, and he did break that record. Another record being broken we saw was a man rolling a car up and down part of a parking lot (we didn't actually see him...he was on the big screen). And the last thing we saw before we left was a man doing yoga... we weren't sure how long he had been doing it how long he had to go though. This is all coming from looking at the pictures in the pamphlet and watching...since neither of us really speak any German. Sadly, we missed the tallest man in the world :(

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