Disneyland

Excuse the lack of posts—I’m sure you’re used to it (will making fun of my own ability to post frequently ever get old? I don’t think so!)—for I have been in the supposed Happiest Place On Earth for  a week.

This post is brought to you by Sharon’s Incurable Laziness. I am pretty sure I am the laziest person you will ever know—people seem to think that I am incredibly productive, what with the instruments and research papers and design projects, but really I am oh-so-very-lazy-thank-you-very-much-and-proud-of-it.

You may have noticed, if you read blogs other than mine (and you do, because otherwise that would be pathetic!) that a lot of people with blogs seem to get away with posting mostly pictures and very little actual writing, although cropping, color-correcting, and watermarking photos actually takes some effort. To get around this, many lazy busy bloggers just post Instagram photos. (No cropping! No color-correcting! The magic iPhone does it for you, such is the power of hipsters!)

Well, I beat all of them at laziness efficiency, because this post will be Instagram photos that my boyfriend took. That’s right, I didn’t even have to take the photos myself! If there were an Olympics event for laziness least effort put into a blog, I’d win all the medals.

If I get around to it, I may also post some photos that Bryce (the aforementioned boyfriend, obviously) took with his fancy-schmancy Canon with a 35mm lens. That’s right, in addition to harvesting Instagram photos I didn’t even have to take for my blog, I also get professional-quality photos that I didn’t have to take either. I told you I was good at this blogging-with-minimal-effort thing.

Me looking all pensive in our room at the Disneyland Hotel. Magic and dreams make one quite thoughtful.

CARS LAND WAS SO COOL YEAH

Amazing artistic and engineering feat reduced to a small unimpressive digital square? Check.

While haggard parents drag their sticky, squalling kids in the sun, we escape to a rooftop lounge to enjoy some quality wine in the shade. #winning

Photos from the humble point-and-shoot:

Lightning, Mater, and Red are actual cars that drive around Cars Land. It’s fantastic.

Artsy macro shot of my Mickey Mouse cake pop. Le Boyfriend attempts to be the center of attention, but who can compete with a cake-marshmallow-chocolate-sugar-jelly-bean confection? Ooh, that rhymed. 

Perhaps there will be more photos later. Who knows? For now, I have emails to answer and real life to get back to. Sigh.

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Upper Austria Part 4

The last stop on our whirlwind Upper Austria trip was Hallstadt (we went through Bad Ischl) on the way. The town is known, amongst other things, for salt. I bought all of three containers of special Austrian salt there.

The main attraction that we were shown was the “bone house” next to a church there—it had over a thousand skulls and bones. The skulls were painted with symbolic imagery (roses for love, ivy for life, snakes to represent man’s sin), and the name and years of the people the skulls had belonged to. Apparently it was once customary for people to have their skulls dried out and painted and put in the bone house.

Let me just say that I do not want to end up in a bone house, and that although I took pictures, I don’t really want to put images of painted skulls on my blog, so let’s have some photos of the town itself instead.



The view overlooking the lake was so beautiful, like a painting.

It was truly a beautiful little town, although due to time restraints we were shooed back onto the bus very shortly. I would have liked a little more time to look around and take advantage of the many souvenir shops; as much as I try to blend in with the locals (and judging by all the times I’ve been asked for directions, I might have succeeded) I’m a sucker for souvenir stores. I did make it out with the aforementioned three containers of salt and a package of delicious peach gummy candies.

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Upper Austria Part 3

Although Mauthausen left us thoroughly shaken, we were smacked in the face by beauty and splendor very soon at Saint Florian’s Priory.


The priory features a stunning library that is so reminiscent of the library from “Beauty and the Beast” that I couldn’t help but wonder if this was its inspiration. None of the photos I took capture the grandeur of this library; everyone gasped audibly when they walked in, it was that breathtaking. The ceiling featured an amazing fresco of the sciences and virtues in the heavens.

This is the Bruckner organ, named for Anton Bruckner. We also saw Bruckner’s tomb below the priory; it was flanked by six thousand real human skulls. We stayed for an organ concert played on this very organ. I always thought organs were kind of kooky-sounding, as I’ve only ever heard lower-rate organs and recordings, but the mighty sound reverberating through the cathedral was awesome in the original sense of the word.

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