Ridicully - verbal voyeur extraordinaire (ridicully) wrote,
Ridicully - verbal voyeur extraordinaire

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Impressions of a one-day trip to Vienna

  • I'll never learn to leave my Swiss army knife at home when I'm going somewhere by plane.
  • Exactly the same clothes that will start a beeping concert in Frankfurt and will not produce any sound in Vienna
  • Security at Frankfurt enjoys having people take their boots of.
  • Staff at Check-In and staff at the gates like to send passengers from one end of the airport to the other. ("You can get that at the gate", " You have to go to the transfer-counter")
  • The only place in Vienna that mentions at which stations the buses to the airport stop is the ticket machine at the airport. If you don't memorize those you'll never get back.
  • If you know the right station, finding the actual bus-stop is near impossible. They are not at the same place as the regular buses, they don't show up on the maps and the sign that yes, the bus to the airport leaves here, is hidden so well that you won't see it if the bus isn't standing in front of it.
  • Maps of the public transport system are hard to find. Especially at the airport. If you're not a native, you'll have to guess which station sounds like it is closest to where you want to go
  • Maps that explain which zone the different stations are in are not very helpful when they draw the line somewhere between two major stations but don't tell you where exactly. Is this small bus stop still Vienna city or 204 or maybe 197? Who cares? As long as you pay the fine if you've got the wrong ticket for this zone.
  • Leaving a meeting early and having a carefully calculated plan to get to the airport in time is of no use when you have to search for the bus stop for half an hour.
  • Arriving ten minutes before the scheduled start of the plane understandably doesn't make you popular with the airline personnel.

The meeting was as pointless as expected. The Bologna process and medical professions simply don't mix very well, because no matter what you do, a complete medical education in three years isn't possible. You either create a pre-med Bachelor's degree (which would require the different fields to work together and I don't think that'll happen) which would not be relevant to the labour market like it's supposed to be - or you simply say that in medical professions a Bachelor's degree takes four to five years, which no one wants to do because it's supposed to take only three years.
Of course they couldn't agree on anything, even the simplest facts. Like "What is a vet".
After two hours of circular debate, we've more or less decided to let a different committee (EAEVE) deal with it.
I'm sure the talk about e-learning afterwards was put there for the sole reason of having something everyone would agree upon.

All in all, the usual waste of time. But since this time there were also representatives of most eastern European countries' vet-schools, it was a nice study in accents.
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