After flying back from Asia
(a fifty-five hour trip) just eight days before, the 24 or so hour trip to Europe didn’t feel long at all. Do y’all want to know what my first impression of Austria was? (Other then Wow, this smells like a city, not like the beautiful freshness we experienced when we arrived in Hawaii!
and Wait, they drive on the same side of the road as us!
) I was like “This looks just like home!” After being on an island with heavy foliage and exotic plants, the trees, bushes and landscape in Vienna seemed very much like what I would find in the cities around where I live.
After I got to experience more of that beautiful and extremely old city, I realized that it wasn’t really as much like home as I had first thought, but it was still a weird feeling when I was expecting stuff to be so very different.
The buildings, people! The buildings are so old and magnificent and history-filled and alluring and stunning and elegant. I could pretty much stand there looking at a lot of them with my mind so blown I wouldn’t quite be able to absorb even a fraction of their amazingness.
And, just a disclaimer here: I’m not a photographer by any means. My pictures do not do justice to any of the places I’m showing. Hopefully one day I’ll be able to show y’all some of my brother’s pictures because he is a professional.
And the flowers! Austria was about two weeks further into Spring than we’d been back home so seeing all the flowers made me want to gush and take pictures and pick bouquets and dance around with my arms overflowing with the gorgeous blossoms. Thankfully I was able to limit myself to the gushing and picture taking since we were in public parks and they might not have appreciated all their flowers disappearing like that…
Looking back though my pictures I see an amazing amount of food pictures during the first week or so of our trip. The food was so yummy. It probably has something to do with the fact that I let myself indulge in as much bread as I wanted, compared to my very-light-on-wheat-lifestyle of the last few years. I wouldn’t be surprised at all if I had as much bread during our month in Europe as in the last three years combined.
We went over to Europe in the first place because we had an awards trip/business conference with our work, so that’s what we were doing during the first week. Therefore, we had lots of “Hanging out with people” time that turned out to be totally wonderful and fun and memory-filled.
A couple of my siblings and I rented bikes which was pretty crazy. Vienna is very much of a biking city, they have lanes for the bikes and all these rules and one way streets and stop lights just for the bikes and I was confused and kinda freaking out and enjoying it greatly and hoping I didn’t somehow do something overly horrible and get us all killed. Thankfully, we survived.
When I think of how much we crammed into each day of our trip, my mind can’t hardly comprehend all of it. It wasn’t as if we had tons of plans to see everything in Vienna, but different things would come up and we’d be like “Let’s do it!” and so we did.
From climbing hundreds of steps up the steeple of a church to exploring palaces (note, that’s not places, it’s palaces, you know, the place where royal families live?) to rushing through museums to double-decker bus tours to walking the streets eating gelato to a concert in the city of music to trying all kinds of new foods to cramming all sorts of new information into my little ‘ol brain to exploring catacombs, we made the most of our time there.
Did y’all get that last thing I mentioned? Exploring catacombs? People! It was amazing. I can’t wait to tell y’all about that. Since this post is getting rather long though, I guess we’ll have to wait until next time.
What about you? Are you more of a see-as-much-as-possible or lets-just-see-one-or-two-things-slowly kind of person?
I hope yesterday was great for y’all. I had an amazing day! I got to cut grass for two hours and what can be better than that? Except maybe cooking. Cooking is something I missed so much when we were gone. Being back in the kitchen with hungry people waiting to devour the food I’ve prepared makes this little girl happy. Then I got to hang out with some totally amazing people in the evening. Days like these just make me happy! (And very tired since I stay up way too late to get everything done, but we don’t need to talk about that…) I’m so thankful for the life God has given me!
Oh, and don’t forget that you can still get more entries for our European Postcard Tour and Corrie ten Boom Book giveaways!