36 Years Ago

36 Years Ago, Vienna 1971—A Student Journal

Day 036: New roommates arrive


Vienna 1971—A Student Journal
A year of music, study, travel, sightseeing & friends.

Day 36 — New roommates arrive
07-September-1971 (Tue.)

Roomates Pavel and Jeff


Kept busy again. Paperwork, practice, and spent the morning riding on the “strassebahn” [think San Francisco street car] so that my weekly card would be good.

Saw Anjali, but only for a little while. She’ll see me before she leaves tomorrow.

I have 2 new roommates again. But both speak English. One is Pavl (Russian [name])—an American from California who will be studying piano at the Hochschüle für Musik. Seems like a pretty good kid, but right away is American-ish (outgoing, sometimes wise-guy-ish). Typical college type. The other is Jeff from England, who is also a really nice guy. The more we get to know each other, the friendlier we are.


No Anjali today. She was spending the day with her mother and getting ready for their trip home tomorrow.

Two new roommates have come my way. Pavl [Pavel] and Jeff, both speaking English. I’m not certain if I spelled Pavel’s name correctly—I’ll spell it with an “e” from now on. If I notice anything in the journal, I’ll change it. (From now on, I’m going to ask everyone to spell their name for me.)

Both roommates are nice guys and I remember that we got along just fine. In fact, one of them becomes my long-term roommate for the rest of the year.

Pavel is going to study piano at the academy. That is not an easy thing. A “performance major” in any major university, college, or established music school (think Juilliard, Manhattan School of Music, Indiana University, Oberlin, and many others) is way-beyond-anything competitive and, in my opinion, almost impossible. Pavel must already be quite an accomplished performer.

Don’t take my “American” comments too seriously. Pavel was a typical college kid, and so was I. Maybe I was a little less outgoing. We got along really well and became good roommates.

I don’t remember much about what Jeff was going to study. I hope that I write more about him later in the journal. I think I will have pictures of both of them that I will put up shortly.

By the way, the streetcar system in Vienna is extremely good. They go all over the city. Many streets have streetcar routes, making traveling around Vienna and its outskirts quite easy. We had a student card that allowed you to travel at a reduced rate.


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