I have had a lot to do for university lately (more than usual), but we were talking with a friend of mine that we should go and visit Albertina after the opening of the new Raffael exhibition. Finally, I have found the time to do so, but as things have to be always ‘interesting’, my experience there was a tiny bit disastrous.
After the tour at Zentralfriedhof, I was so impressed with what Secret Vienna has to offer, so once I got invited to another ramble around Vienna, I could not resist but join again. This time our walk was around the city center, revealing interesting hidden corners and lesser-known streets that I have always passed by, but never seemed to walk through. Let me tell you just this one thing, once you start living here, you go through the same paths every day and even if it is sad to admit it, with time you lose your adventurer’s spirit and occupied by your mundane daily routines, you forget to look past the tip of your nose. Therefore, thanks to this tour with Secret Vienna, the explorer’s spirit in me was once again awakened.
I was glad to be invited last week by Secret Vienna to one of their awesome tours around Vienna. Still haven’t heard about them? Well, if you are someone like me, who has already seen all those glam and glow places around the city and want something new, these are your guys! There are very few places in Vienna that I haven’t seen, but the central cemetery counts towards those ones.
As you may have figured by the whole ‘Opera’ section on my blog, I am a keen classical
music fan. This, however, does not at all mean that I do not enjoy what is currently on the charts and I try to keep track of the newest trends. I would say that I love music in general and I listen to all sorts of things. Recently, with the weather changing to utterly cold and extremely dark too early in the day, I have been listening to some depresso tracks, but of course, also to some, which are on the more positive side. Today, it is November 2017, and I will tell you what I have been listening to lately.
You know … when in Rome, well in our case Vienna … you cannot pass on those places which are just screaming “Come in! Get a cup of steaming coffee and some strudel!”. I have written a post about Viennese Coffee Culture where I talk a lot about why cafés are something special here and I mention some of the most iconic ones. Well, Café Mozart is in line with Café Central, Landtmann and Sacher and has been around for quite a while (it has been known as Café Mozart since 1929). Situated at the very heart of Vienna behind the Vienna State Opera and across from Albertina, it offers a cozy, luxurious atmosphere, which allures its guests to prolong their stay here for as long as possible.
This is one of the most recent and oldest museums right now in our beautiful Vienna. Huh?! Yeah, I know it sounds, let’s put it like that – weird, but since its new re-opening, it is the ‘newest’ museum in Vienna, yet, actually, it was first opened in the beginning of last century. After it has been closed for renovation since 2014, now it has been open to the public again. The grand reopening was on the 25th of October and on the 26th everyone who was interested was granted a free admission on the National Holiday. And of course, your girl was the first in line (well, kind of, there were other enthusiasts as well). After staying in line for about fifteen minutes, we were finally admitted and I was ready to start exploring.
In the few days before the lectures at my department start, I decided to indulge in a more of a cultural program. The beginning of October here is always marked with the Lange Nacht der Museen, however, this year the Vienna Design Week is also taking place and it is all over the city. More than seventy venues are taking place in this amazing project so make sure to take a look at some of those during the weekend.
Okay, this is maybe a little bit more personal, but, hey, who hasn’t been through something bad in their life and wanted to wind off! I sure have been. Whether it is being homesick, going through a heartbreak or just being disappointed, there are tough times in life and we have to find a way to handle them. Here are some of my tips and methods how to deal with those days when you just feel everything läuft schief.
This summer I finally had the chance to enjoy some of the books I have been wanting to read for a year now. There was a lot going on in university these past two semesters and I had a lot of catching up to do so reading anything outside the reading list for my American literature lecture was just no go. After finishing all my exams and courses I was able to enjoy reading as something to bring you pleasure and not as a mandatory task. I have a Goodreads account so if you want to search for some new ideas for books you can definitely have a look. Here I am not going to elaborate on each book, but I will give a brief resume and my opinion about it.
- A Paris Apartment by Michelle Gable
I actually enjoyed this book, because it was the first read for this summer break and I took it with me to the beach. It is an interesting story about an apartment in Paris that has been locked up for decades and once an auction firm gets its hands on it they find all sort of treasures inside of it (mainly luxurious furniture) and the writings of a Parisian courtesan, who owned the apartment accompanied with her diaries telling the story of her life and wealth. I would definitely say this is a book, which you read and once you are done with it you never pick up again (but in my opinion only a few books are really worth reading multiple times). However, it is lightly written and very easy to read. Therefore, it was a good choice if you want something not too engaging and maybe as a quick read before sleep. I can say it is a page-turner since I finished it in three days.
Well, summer is upon us and guess what – it’s again 30 degrees (sometimes even more). Now, before I begin I want to put a disclaimer here and say that I am not a fan of hot weather. I am not one of those people who cannot wait for the sun to shine to throw away all my clothes and run half-naked around with flip-flops and sweating in the heat.
I like cool/ semi-cold weather and I like to have a cardigan on. Period! So much for that. If you felt addressed, you can imagine the hard time I am having in an amazing city where ACs are as rare as a dodo bird. Over time I have found some little tricks and places which make the summer here a tiny bit more pleasant.