Steph and me at the Bellvidere Museum
After the weekend in Barcelona with my friends who visited, I went to visit Steph in Vienna! I am aware that I went about two weeks ago and it´s been
awhile since my last entry, so I have some catching up to do. But this
entry is about Austria only, so I´ll update on life back in España
later. It was my first Ryanair experience, which (for advice to others who might be flying Ryanair in the near future) was interesting, to say the least. To be fair, my flight was fine and I felt safe and it was really cheap. You make up for almost all the money saved, however, in bus fair to and from the airports (since Ryanair only flies into odd airports- for example, I had to take a bus from Barcelona to the Girona airport, and then from the Bratislava airport to Vienna).
Peppers at the Naschmarkt
And the buses run at odd times to I spent about 10 hours travelling and waiting for planes and buses and what-not. It also didn´t help that I travelled alone, so I was bored the whole time. Boring info, I know, but just thought I´d give a heads-up to anyone who has yet to experience Ryanair. By the way, they also try to get you to buy stupid things at ridiculous prices while in flight. So there´s no escaping the madness...
Anyway, Vienna is beautiful. It wasn´t as cold as people had warned me and the architecture is incredible. There a ancient ruins and glamorous architectural details all in one block. It´s a metropolitan city, but not quite as big as Barcelona. The language is clearly not as pretty as Spanish, but I didn´t have much trouble getting around speaking English.
Flowers at the Naschmarkt
And I learned a few german phrases, such as ¨guten morgen¨(good morning) and ¨zahlen bitte¨(check please). Although I kept wanting to speak Spanish to people... it didn´t really work out so well.
We went to the Naschmarkt, Vienna´s huge outdoor market (that includes a great flea market on Saturdays- Steph and I bought matching teacups for our apartment next year) and made breakfast at her apartment the next day. They even give out samples of delicious olives, felafel, patés, etc. as you walk by (I wish people in Barcelona did that at La Boquería...). And as many of you know, markets, cooking and eating are some of my favorite things (insert ¨the Sound of Music¨pun here)!
We also visited Shunbrun, the summer palace of the Hapsburgs, which has gorgeous views and gardens galore.
me and Stephy :)
Stephansdom, the famous cathedral, was really pretty, although it reminded me of almost every corner in Spain. Guess I´ve seen a fair share of cathedrals recently... We went to three different coffeehouses, which, let me tell you, deserve all the attention they get. A of all, delicious coffee. B of all, delicious torts. C of all, free water! (Okay, I know that´s not that exciting to most people, but I live in Barcelona where water is never free!) And they´re all in beautifully designed buildings, so I was a fan. One of the coffeehouses overlooked the main operahouse, which was nothing short of spectacular.
I think my favorite part of the weekend was when we stumbled upon a little festival in front of the Rathaus, one of the government buildings. There were stands that sold cheap glasses of Austrian wine and beer (and I got to keep the glass), and was complete with musical performances, lederhosen, and drunken Austrians. What more could I have asked for? I loved getting a taste of what Austria was really like, since I really knew nothing about it before.