I'm going back to one of my favorite places in the world next week - Europe. And this time I'm going some place new. I have a friend whose husband was transfered to with the military this summer to Vienna, Austria. The best thing about having a friend like this is the excuse to go visit them but also get to see a whole new country.
Even though I've been planning to visit her since April (before she moved), I still wasn't as familiar with my European geography as I should be. I thought Austria was in between Germany and Switzerland but as it turns out it is actually next to Switzerland and underneath Germany. It is right on the boarder of Eastern and Western Europe. Not that the actual location really matters. But I've never been this far East before in my life!
Last week I sat down with my travel planning resources (the internet) and mapped out what I really wanted to see. Vienna has two palaces, many cathedrals, a river, really old famous dead people's houses, mueseums, interactive stuff, great opera and classical music, great pastry cafes, other cool yet different food, and a whole lotta people that don't speak English (and quite a few who do). And of course I don't want to miss any of it!
So I've got to squeeze in an entire city, its culture, and its history in 5 days. I think I can do it. I know I'm up to it! I have this tendancy at time to want to squeeze every moment out of life for just a few days and then I crash when I'm done. I will probably come home and do absolutely nothing until Halloween. In fact part of my trip preparation is to do everything I would have done during those week right now. That way I'll be up to date.
So in a few weeks expect many blogs on how I'm now a refined Viennese informant (wait that doesn't sound right - perhaps: knows a bit about Vienna chick?). I should be able at the very least to tell you the highest point and what the view was like, what type of architecture the biggest cathedral is, and where you can get the best gelato and/or pastry.
Until Everyone Hears,
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