I just started a German course on Neuer Markt, and that takes me down Kärntnerstraße every morning. It’s a good feeling to have something to get up for every morning!
So I have been very quiet lately. But a lot has happened, which explains my absence. I moved apartments and now live with a very cool guy, I finished my doctorate, and the unemployment services are coursing me in how to get a job. All of this combined has meant that I have checked out a bit.
So, behind the sound barriers and trees across the street here is my new home. It has yet to get a kitchen installed, but we’ve been dealing ok with it. In other words, we have a microwave oven. And live next to an all you can eat buffet…
The 22nd is different. It’s quieter, greener, people have gardens, and there is an abundance of Hofer shops.
Also, instead of having a view to the next building outside you see green things. Trees. As a person growing up on the countryside I’m absolutely loving the change. 🙂 so, now I will more frequently show you places in Transdanubia. Although I am still in the city almost every day.
For about 10 weeks I’ve been living in the first district, and prior to that I had only a vague idea of how confusing the streets here can be. It’s practically a maze. Getting to Kleines cafe from where I live on Fleischmarkt for example requires GPS walking if you’re not familiar with the area. What is nice about wandering around and potentially getting lost is the many cute alleys in the first. It’s like getting to know a whole new city. 🙂
Man I’m sick of this weather. It’s not even real weather, it’s just waiting to become weather. So what does one do? Screw it, go for a walk anyway!
So here are two pictures from a walk to Kahlenberg and down again today. Actually enjoyable, considering the company and the exercise. And the views. Which would have been better in any other weather. I correct myself: which would have been improved with the presence of weather.
Oh March…. You’re so much better in the southern hemisphere…
Yesterday I got dropped off here. I had no idea where I was. Turns out I was close to Niederhofstrasse on the u6, a place I can safely say that I have never been before.
It had the same sort of feel as Favoritenstrasse in the 10th district. I had to look around for a bit, just to find the entry to the ubahn. Tiny, unplanned afventure. 🙂
It’s here. This year I’m not so well prepared for it, since summer has lasted for about half a year already. We’ve had an unusually hot spring and summer, and the thought of winter is still foreign to me. Today it’s still 22 degrees, but I saw someone putting out Christmas stuff in a shop today……. Crazy!
There wasn’t much to signal the oncoming of Christmas in Stadtpark today though. Just sun, warmth, and the last of the summer tourists enjoying the scenery.
The Ring Tram is a tourist train which follows the Ring, which goes around the first district in Vienna. The D line is just as good for seeing most of the Ring, but that’s another matter. You can see from the sign on the top of the tram that 2015 is a special year for the Ringstrasse.
According to the WienTourismus website, “Emperor Franz Joseph opened the Ringstrasse on May 1, 1865, initiating the greatest municipal building project of the age. In the years to follow, magnificent buildings arose that shape the Vienna Ring to this day. Imperial commissions led, for example, to the construction of the Vienna State Opera, the Burgtheater, the Neue Burg, the Kunsthistorisches Museum and the Museum of Natural History. The Parliament, the University and City Hall were a reflection of the new democratic trends. The wealthy haute bourgeoisie built their prestigious palaces in the spaces in between. All of these buildings are now among the sights on the Ringstrasse.
The street, which is 5.3 kilometers long and 57 meters wide, was an elegant promenade for the upper classes. Today it is open to everyone, as is evident from such annual events as the Vienna City Marathon or the Rainbow Parade. Along the Danube Canal the Vienna Ring is also a hot spot for the youthful urban scene as well as modern architecture.”
Man, another heat wave and I am desperate for cooler temperatures. How do people survive living in the tropics! This week brings promises of temperatures over 35 degrees every day… And we’re going camping on the weekend!! Ugh…. I sure hope we won’t overheat in the tent.
The only sane thing to do is to go swimming.