36 Years Ago

36 Years Ago, Vienna 1971—A Student Journal

Day 024: Burgemeister’s Reception at the Rathaus


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

Day 24 — Burgemeister’s reception at the Rathaus
26-August-1971 (Thur.)

Vienna Rathaus


On train, met two American students—travelers—and helped them out a little with info. They appreciated it.

Went to class [without much sleep]. Was very tired.

Mayor’s Reception

Went to the
Burgemeister’s Reception in the Rathaus. A Ball. Was very impressive and nice. I went with Anjali—she was wwearing her native soiree (Indian [dress]) and looked exceptionally nice in it. Everything was so proper that I felt that I was at a diplomatic reception. But we danced a lot and hand a good time.


Train to Vienna. The train ride from Frankfurt to Vienna is overnight. It looks like I’m giving back to the international community by helping other American travelers just as many people have been helping me.

Off to German class. I didn’t sleep but went right to German class. Now, that’s being a good student.

Burgermeister reception at Rathaus
Burgemeister Reception. At night, we went to a real “ball.” My first. The Burgemeister’s Reception is the Mayor’s Ball, and was a special event for students attending the language courses, I believe. All I remember is that everyone was dressed up. I probably wore some regular suit.

My favorite date, Anjali. Good thing Anjali was my date. She was a knockout with her soiree—a beautiful, colorful Indian dress. Everyone could look at her and not me.

Well, was this the life of a diplomat? Attending political events and balls? Hob-knobbing with the mayor? (I didn’t.) Dancing the night away with a pretty girl? I could do this. I could be a diplomat!

Back on earth, we had a good time dancing.


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