Vienna IV 2014

This past week, the URDU sent 2 partnerships and 1 coach to the Vienna IV in Vienna, Austria. The tournament was our first oveseas tournament in more than 3 years. The teams got to experience high-caliber international competition, as well as have fun exploring the city of Vienna. Highlights included a schnitzel and beer social at the tournament, riding the oldest Ferris Wheel still operating, walking the Danube, and exploring Vienna’s old cathedrals and palaces.

On the first day, everybody conquered their jetlag to explore some museums and St. Stephen’s Cathedral, as well as power-napping.

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The team visited a museum of imperial treasures and weapons on the first day.
The team visited a museum of imperial treasures and weapons on the first day.
Reefat and Miriam pose in the museum.
Reefat and Miriam pose in the museum.
Miriam and Chris pose in front of 1 of the many statues throughout the city.
Miriam and Chris pose in front of 1 of the many statues throughout the city.
Nina and Reefat pose in front of 1 of the particularly impressive museum buildings.
Nina and Reefat pose in front of 1 of the particularly impressive museum buildings.

Fighting jetlag and exhaustion from a busy morning, the team grabbed lunch and crashed for some power naps.

Chris, Miriam, and Nina chat during lunch on the first day.
Chris, Miriam, and Nina chat during lunch on the first day.

After a revitalizing power nap, the team headed out to explore St. Stephen’s cathedral and wander the shops nearby.

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The next morning, the first rounds of the tournament began. The motions were diverse, ranging from local topics such as a particular neighborhood in Viena which is heavily populated by immigrants to the possibility of Russia annexing Crimea.

The team waits for the first day of rounds to start in the crowded general assembly auditorium.
The team waits for the first day of rounds to start in the crowded general assembly auditorium.
One of the members of the CA team convenes the opening ceremony.
One of the members of the CA team convenes the opening ceremony.

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On campus, the team saw some funny signs of American culture. We even saw a sign for Kodak – a little piece of home in Vienna.

The whole team found the sign advertising a "Miami College Party" pretty funny.
The whole team found the sign advertising a “Miami College Party” pretty funny.

On Sunday and Monday, the team watched the final round of the tournament and explored the city some more.

The final round took place on the campus of Vienna University.
The final round took place on the campus of Vienna University.
Nina, Miriam, Reefat, and Chris pose in front Schonbrunn Palace.
Nina, Miriam, Reefat, and Chris pose in front Schonbrunn Palace.
Reefat, Coach Alex Martel, Nina, Chris, and Miriam pose on the grounds of Vienna University after the final round.
Reefat, Coach Alex Martel, Nina, Chris, and Miriam pose on the grounds of Vienna University after the final round.
Chris and Nina strike poses next to the dinosaur-themed ride at a theme park.
Chris and Nina strike poses next to the dinosaur-themed ride at the theme park housing the old Ferris Wheel.

 

Alex imitates the "half-egg, half-dinosaur/chicken" next to the dinosaur ride.
Alex imitates the “half-egg, half-dinosaur/chicken” next to the dinosaur ride.
The team watched the sunset on the Danube.
The team watched the sunset on the Danube.
Chris and Miriam stop on a pedestrian bridge overlooking the Danube.
Chris and Miriam stop on a pedestrian bridge overlooking the Danube.
From the top of the oldest Ferris Wheel still functioning, the team got a spectacular view of the city.
From the top of the oldest Ferris Wheel still functioning, the team got a spectacular view of the city.

All in all, the tournament was a great learning experience and a whole lot of fun.

 

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