Meet Anne Kinney. A Newport Beach, California native and University of Redlands Delta Kappa Psi, she recently came back stateside after spending a semester in Salzburg, Austria. And let me tell you, she hadquite an amazing semester.
Luckily, I kept up with her throughout her trip but I got a chance to catch up with my old friend so we can share her experience here!
As they would say in Austria, "Viel spaß beim lesen!" (or "enjoy reading!" for you non German speakers).
I know you spent a semester in Salzburg, Austria and I know you had a crazy good time. Tell us about where you stayed.
I go to the University of Redlands, which has a campus in Salzburg, Austria. My best comparison would be a frat house, 10 rooms of 3 or 4 people, a classroom on the top floor, a kitchen on the ground floor, and 26 other students. Essentially, living in the MTV show The Real World Redlands: Salzburg.
So it sounds like a blast. What was your very first impression of Salzburg? Were you nervous at all to leave school for a whole semester?
I was very nervous to go to Salzburg, I thought I needed to see myself on my own instead of being with students I mostly already knew, but the city of Salzburg was literally out of the movie the Sound of Music so there was no lack of beauty and every day there was a new little gem within the city up to my last day.
Amazing. So your first day there... did you do anything memorable?
My first day there..... Well, we showed up and went to the bars (most memorably the Augustiener which is a bierhaus), I got way too drunk and stole a street sign that I still have. So I mean, we can say I really dove into the Austrian/ German lifestyle.
That is a fantastic story to tell your grandkids one day. So the Augustiener. Is that a fun place you and the other Redlands kids would hang out at?
Yes, it is one of the oldest breweries in Austria, owned and created by Monks, where you can learn crazy drinking songs, eat the greatest roasted chicken in the world, and absolutely learn how to enjoy and love a beer and get truly amazing conversations as well.
By the sounds of it, Salzburg has a really awesome and culturally rich night life. Any crazy clubs? Bars?
Salzburg night life is nothing to write home about, we have small pubs and clubs that essentially get taken over when our little squad rolled in. Our favorites were O'Malleys, Half Moon when the alcohol was seeping through your veins late enough at night, and my very favorite was Murphy's Law Irish Pub.
Lets talk about your solo travels. I find that so adventurous! So where did you go? Also, what are some tips you would give to college girls traveling solo while abroad?
On my ten day fall break after spending a crazy weekend in Barcelona and Madrid, I hopped on a plane and made my way to Ireland. Ireland was one place I really wanted to go and I didn't really have anyone that was down to go see the west coast with me, so I ended up on my own in Sligo, Ireland on Strandhill Beach. It was amazing, I had an awesome time out there doing me and I did a little bit of surfing as well as just enjoying this beautiful little hidden gem out in Ireland. My tips to traveling alone, are be smart and prepared, always have cash on you, and do all of your research from every detail from money situations and then all the way to how you will get back. Go though, its so necessary to do what you want for yourself, not because its easy, but go because the world you want to see deserves to be seen by your eyes and untainted by others.
That is so awesome. So back to Salzburg. What is one memory that really sticks out to you?
The most memorable time I had in Salzburg was Oktoberfest because it was my first serious experience where my peers and i got to spend time together and grow closer over delicious beer.
From what I have heard, Salzburg is a pretty safe city. Did you have any moments when you felt unsafe?
I can’t remember any scary experiences I have had in Salzburg, I honestly felt so safe, it was an amazing city where everyone was kind and helpful, I would definitely suggest it to any student looking going to Austria.
And last but not least, any advice for people interested in going to Austria? As important as it is to see the fun and amazing things that Austria offers, make sure to recognize the importance of seeing the history and take time to go to concentration camps and learn about history that affects life everyday.
Want to see more of Anne? Go follow on her instagram @annemariekinney for more of her travel adventures!