So its been awhile since I posted, I’ve been weirdly busy still adjusting to life in Germany. I’m not sure how long other people take to adjust to stuff, but I take forever. I remember when I was a kid and my Mom decided to put our family parrot in my bedroom; it took me years to adjust to that. I was also afraid it would peck my eyes out while I was sleeping mostly because the bird was evil and of course its name was Precious. Even our cat was afraid of Precious, which tells you a lot.
Anyway, I’ve been busy adjusting and doing bits of things like traveling to Vienna, buying our wedding rings, making plans for the future (specifically our wedding) and doing stuff. So let’s talk about Vienna first. Vienna is nice, almost pretty when you don’t pay attention to the details, namely the people and the graffiti. I always imagined that Vienna would be one of the prettiest cities in the world. Which in some ways, it really is. It’s old and full of historical sites and castles, but also it’s inundated with probably the unfriendliest people I’ve ever met. Not to mention, IT IS SUPER EXPENSIVE.
But the good stuff first. Vienna is old, has amazingly beautiful history and has plenty of entertainment in terms of musical theater, orchestras, live performances, you name it. Actually, on this point, Vienna did not disappoint. We walked around a lot; Vienna is a great city for walking in, plenty of space and big walkable streets. We were able to find a cheap and absolutely lovely hotel inside the city, although the reception desk left much desired, but we had a two-floor penthouse for very little, so no real complaints on that. We went to the symphony one night at Schönbrunn Palace (Marie Antoinette lived there and it’s shown briefly in the Sofia Coppola biopic) , we gorged ourselves on cake, schnitzel and traditional Austrian foods, and tiny bite-sized Sacher tortes from Demel. Demel is stunning and everyone should check that out if they ever find themselves in Vienna. We also found the perfect engagement ring in this obscure little antique jewelry shop, that was cheap and perfect for me.
BUT the people are rude and the city is expensive. There were no redeeming moments for the Austrians here; they never asked you if you needed help, they made you feel unwelcome, and their teens are completely out of control on the subways, pushing the elderly and pregnant women alike. Not the kind of place you immediately fall in love with. Perhaps the Austrians seem to have a severe dislike of working, which could explain some of this unwarranted unfriendliness. Next, it’s expensive and in some places, double the prices of Germany. Not to mention, they don’t particularly care for the Germans. Lest you forget, Austria has always been on Germany’s side in every major war, and importantly, Hitler was born there! Yet the world only ever blames Germany for all the evil incurred, while Austrians are often forgotten in their role and of course, never had to bail out anyone in the EU. But I digress. Austrians are not so keen on the Germans, a fact the Germans are well aware of, and if I didn’t know, I was reminded by posters pegged up for the European Cup at the time that had pins and needles sticking out of a German doll. Not even then could they support the Germans. It’s all a bit odd.
I was uncomfortable shopping, and at some points eating; the tables are way too close together, and I know they do this to acquire a better turnover rate, make the greatest amount of money, but it’s super uncomfortable and believe me, I wasn’t the only American squirming around because of this. I noticed plenty of Americans complaining about personal space, who knew that about our culture? Needless to say, go to Austria if you want to see old beautiful sites and take in the ballet, opera, symphony. But by all means, don’t go for the people. I was happy to have gone and enjoyed sightseeing, but I cannot imagine going back at this point. Like Miami, it’s just not one of my favorite cities.
So far my top fav. cities: Boston (naturally), Dublin, Nürnberg, San Francisco, New York, Berlin, Washington D.C (I really need to travel more)
Least fav. cities: Miami, Vienna, Trenton, the entire states of New Hampshire (sorry friends) and Connecticut, Eerie, L.A., Reno
Anyone have any ideas for short weekend trips here in Europe?