Introduction by David Maraist, March 2011: It was with great expectations that I left Louisiana for the spring 1961 semester in Wien. I decided to keep as detailed a log as possible since I felt that one day I’d enjoy revisiting that time. I have edited certain incidents and mostly left out personal references for obvious reasons. My log was not meant to be a great literary effort expressing deep thoughts and emotions but merely a listing of occurrences to jog one’s memory. So, please bear with me as many of the entries were written by flashlight in the wee hours of the morning. Continue reading David Maraist’s Journal: New York to Vienna, February 1961→
Photo by George Trask. At this border station we crossed from Germany into Austria, Saturday, February 25, 1961, more than three weeks after we departed the United States. Look at that blue sky, the mountain and the quietude of that place in 1961! Our two IES buses are in the left background. We rode from here to Vienna on the Austrian autobahn.
By Buck Hoyle, IES Spring 1961 participant from Duke University, hometown Greensboro, NC, first published in “Sonderfahrt” (which means “Side Trips“), the IES 1960-61 student publication distributed at the end of our school year. Click here to read his article.
Photo by George Trask. Above: IES Spring 1961 students in front of Louvre, Paris, February 17, 1961. We were on our way from arrival by ship (Cunard liner R.M.S. Saxonia) at London via bus to Vienna to begin our spring semester. The man in the hat who looks like Charlie Chaplin was our tour guide in Paris.
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Upper left: Tom Wolf
Far right with folded arms: Cindy Calkins
Photo by George Trask. First stop on the Continent for the Spring 1961 group was the canal town of Bruges in Belgium. Here a portion of the IESers gather in the square. You can click on the photo above to see a larger view. Please click here to help us identify everybody in the photo.
Photo by George Trask. On the day we departed London, Tuesday, February 14, 1961, we boarded buses that took us over the course of the next two weeks all the way to Vienna. These same buses also took us in the early spring to Italy and to Spain at the end of the semester in June.
Photo by George Trask. After a voyage of eight days with stops at Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Le Havre, France, Saxonia sailed up the Thames in full sunshine and deposited us at the Port of London. This photo shows the port as seen from the deck of our ship as she docked. Continue reading February 10, 1961: Arrival London→
By Bill Dorr, IES Spring 1961 participant from Colgate University, hometown Auburn NY, first published in “Sonderfahrt” (which means “Side Trips“), the IES 1960-61 student publication distributed at the end of our school year. Click here to read the letters.
By George Trask, IES Spring 1961 participant from Davidson College, hometown Beaufort SC, written November 2, 2010.
If the weather had been as glorious as this postcard depicts with sunshine on our ship, Cunard’s liner RMS Saxonia, our departure would have perhaps not been so memorable. As it was, the weather our departure day was awful–temperature 2 degrees below zero with alligatored ice covering the water; wind roaring down the canyoned streets of Manhattan; and clouds that brought a 7-inch snowfall crippling the metropolis the next day. But our outcome was wonderful. Continue reading February 2, 1961: Departure New York→
Here is the list of IES Wien Spring 1961 participants in the form delivered to the students at the end of the school year in June 1961. If your name is on this list, please click here to send us your current contact information.
A trek through history, by Ginny Cornyn, IES Year 1960-61 participant from Winnetka, Illinois, and Bob Earl, IES Year 1960-61 participant from Encino, California, first published in “Sonderfahrt” (which means “Side Trips“), the IES 1960-61 student publication distributed at the end of our school year.