Leah Sikes

Designing on the Danube

Designing on the Danube


My suitcase is sitting in the corner of my room, filled to the brim with clothes, card games and toiletries. As I look at it, I think about what lies ahead - three days and I board a plane all by myself (cue music) headed to Vienna, Austria. If I'm completely honest with you, it doesn't feel real. It hasn't hit me yet. I have settled into a routine at my new job, and I am living the 8-5 lifestyle day to day. Even though I know I am leaving soon, and I am preparing for it, I am still fairly certain that on Monday I will wake up and go to work, instead of step off a plane onto another continent. 

Here are the details: I am flying off to Vienna, Austria for the summer. I leave Sunday, June 12 at 7:30 in the morning and my flight will land the next day at 8:30 in the morning (local time - Vienna is eight hours ahead of Central Time). I will be spending three months working with Eastern European Missions as a graphic design intern - kind of funny considering I am currently at a full time design job after my college graduation. I guess I am going backwards, but hey, who's complaining? I'll go backwards if it means spending a summer in Europe.

Speaking of leaving my job - I am so grateful for Memorial Road Church of Christ. This job was so unexpected and it really just fell in my lap. I couldn't have asked for better coworkers or a better place to work. It truly is a blessing that I was able to get a job, leave for three months and come back to my office waiting for me to start back up again. 

As I was saying - EEM. EEM provides Bibles and Biblical texts/materials to churches and missionaries in Eastern Europe. They started out as a few people smuggling Bibles under the Iron Curtain and have since expanded into a great program helping spread the word of God. As far as I know, I will primarily be working with churches, helping with posters for events, websites, logos, brochures, really anything that falls under the umbrella of graphic design that might be a need for Eastern European churches and missionaries. I will also assist in some capacity with designing books and book covers that EEM produces. 

While in Vienna, I will be living in Das Millicanhaus, the hotel (which is called the Hotel Duetschmeister) building Oklahoma Christian, my alma mater (WOW), owns. I lived here during my 2014 study abroad trip, before the building was renovated - I am looking forward to seeing the changes.

I will begin my first full day of work on Wednesday, June 15, two days after arriving in Vienna. Following that, I will be working Monday-Thursday with a long weekend for occasional trips. I have a few things planned already... but that's for another post. Sundays I will attend the local congregation where the missionaries from Memorial Road attend. I am especially excited about this, though it will be a big change from Memorial Road's size (and language...). 

I've decided to keep this blog as a sort of journal for myself, while allowing friends and family to keep up with my travels. This is also a great exercise in writing - I don't want to get rusty, it's already been almost two months since I wrote for the Talon at OC. 

Next time you hear from me, I'll be across the pond, in another time zone. Who knows, my next post may even be in German...


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