I stepped into the hallways of the University of Vienna today and promptly made a gawking idiot of myself. I thought that the main campus building of AUC — the 19th century palace that the University bought and took over in 1919 was cool with its traditional Islamic architecture and fixtures, and of course being at Yale, I thought I was spoiled for the impressive in libraries, but I’ve never, never been in as imposing a hallway as the main campus here. It seems to have rolled the immensity and grandeur of the pharaonic palaces and gothic churches into one structure and still not seem hokey overdone. The arrangement of the staircases also put me in mind of the sets of the Harry Potter movies — except that they don’t move around … or might they???

The library reading room, where I’m sitting right now, has a comforting familiarity with rows of tables with lamps and students, folks with books and notebooks (both of the traditional and digital varieties), and the book-lined walls. I feel right at home — gosh I really am a nerd aren’t I? Oh well, there’s virtue in knowing oneself and being comfortable with it I guess. Bis spater…

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