Secret Vienna: Vienna Behind the Scenes Tour

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.

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My Spotify (November 2017)

As you may have figured by the whole ‘Opera’ section on my blog, I am a keen classical

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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.

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Café Mozart

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.

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Weltmuseum

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.

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My Favorite Places to Take a Walk in Vienna

If you expected something groundbreaking, I might disappoint you just now. I am a very conservative person and I stick with the things I like (if you have read my last post you know), but if you recognize yourself in this description as well, feel free to read on.

As I have mentioned before on the blog, walks are my remedy for sadness, boredom, bad mood, plus they are a great way to move a little bit, especially if you are not in the mood for doing sports (I certainly do not imagine myself going to the fitness after finishing writing yet another paper). So it doesn’t matter if you live in Vienna, you are visiting as a tourist or randomly passing by our beautiful city, I want to tell you about my favorite places for a stroll here.

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Ulrich

Vienna is not only famous for its coffee culture but also its “brunch” culture. The charm of ordering your breakfast at 3 in the afternoon and not feeling in any way guilty about it is one of the small perks you get when you live here. Shortly after I have returned to Vienna, I turned back to an old-time favorite and mainly “Ulrich” so today I decided to tell you a little bit more about this awesome hidden gem, hugged tight between the small streets of the 7th district.

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Kipferl (Rolls) With White Cheese

Okay honestly, I didn’t know how to translate this into English/ German in order to be as close as possible to the original meaning so I went for “Kipferl”. Basically, those tiny, white-dough yeast rolls, filled with cheese have been my favorite snack for as long as I can remember. I still go back to my memories when my granny used to bake them for me and my cousins for an afternoon snack to grab and go out to play. I am a big fan of baking, but until now it never occurred to me to make them myself. They turned out great so I decided to share the recipe with you.

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For the times you are feeling sad

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.

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Summer reads (2017)

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.

  1. A Paris Apartment by Michelle Gableimages

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.

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Learning a New Language

So, guys, I know for some this is always a challenge. Some have a natural hunch for languages, some don’t. I speak five-ish languages, so I want to share with you my experience on how I learn languages faster and more efficiently without making the process tedious and redundant.

  1. Be motivated

As with everything, you have to be motived about the thing you are doing, otherwise, it won’t work out and you don’t need to be a genius to realize that. This goes for learning a new language as well. Maybe you are going to Italy for a trip with friends or on your own? – Then wouldn’t it be nice to order your pasta and gelato like a true Italian? Or if you just see it as a way to improve your CV? This can be a motivation enough, especially in times like this when the world is becoming more and more globalized.

     2. Find someone around you who knows the language 

I know that speaking with a native speaker can be a bit nerve-racking. You always wonder if they will think your accent sounds funny or if the things you are saying are just a bunch of jibberish. I have to assure you that in most cases if the person as well is a speaker of more than one language they are aware that learning and perfecting a language takes a lot of time and practice. If someone makes fun of you for trying, then I would just tell you they are close-minded and not worth talking with. Mastering a new language is a challenge, especially if this is a language which does not belong to your language group (Romance, Slavic, Germanic, Baltic etc.). Therefore, try to talk as much as you can with someone who is proficient in the language and can help you out with odd things and special traits of the language.

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