Vienna is the most charming town I have ever been to. You can feel how happy the people of Vienna are, and how much they love their city. People walk around with a lightness in their step, they sit and drink coffee or an afternoon glass of wine for hours, they dress up in gowns to go to ballets and operas…it’s such a happy place to be. Our first day, we walked around the whole city, and saw everything you would want to see, the cathedrals, the Opera House, etc. because it’s all in a ring, only 2.5 miles long. There were also parks surrounding the city, with beautiful walk ways, palaces, and cafes. Then, whenever you got hungry you could get a Käsekrainer, a hot dog with cheese inside, from any of the several street vendors for no more than 4 euro. Later that night, we went to dinner at Figlmüller, where they are known for the wiener schnitzel (so good..) and met a group of students from the University of Miami (Ohio). The next day we went to the Hundertwasserhaus where the famous artist, Friedensreich Hundertwasser, painted abstract art on the sides of buildings many years ago. Then, we took the subway to the Österreichische Galerie Belvedere where we found Gustav Klint, Claude Monet, and Van Gogh and I got to see “Der Kuss” which has been hanging above my mothers desk for as long as I remember. Later that night, we went to see Swan Lake at the Vienna State Opera House. This was probably my favorite part of the trip so far. We paid 3 euro, and had standing seats at the top, but we could see the whole production and orchestra. Both aspects were equally impressive, and the overall show was the prettiest thing I had ever seen. The ballerinas were so elegant, the men so gracious and strong, the music resounded from the pit so powerfully…all to leave the audience in tears and on their feet for at least ten minutes applauding, shouting, and throwing bouquets of roses onto the stage. The way the Viennese incorporate the ballets, operas, and orchestras into their life is equally as beautiful. Young boys dress in suits, the women wear full body gowns, and the whole family comes out for the occasion. The best part is they didn’t all come to their seats until 10 minutes before the show but they filled in uniformly, as if they had been going to those seats their whole life. I fell in love with the show, but most importantly I fell in love with the Viennese people and their values. This two day taste was not enough, but I’m so glad I came upon this wonderful city.
Until next time, Austria.