Saturday, August 17, 2013

Auf Wiedersehen, Wien!

Three years and one month.  Three years felt like it would be a long time when we arrived in mid-July 2010 but now that three years has passed, it hardly seems possible we've lived in Vienna for three years.  But today we leave, en route back to Washington, DC.  

We could take this opportunity to reminisce about our time here --- the places we visited, the two cats we adopted, the resorts we skied, the meals we ate, and the many, many beers and bottles of wine we drank --- but that would be a dreadfully tedious post.  Instead, we'll end this blog in much the same way we started it:  with our impressions.  But instead of first impressions, these are our (lasting) impressions of Vienna (and Austria).

(Still) Beautiful

Exit here for the Rathaus
Rathaus on a snowy, wintry day
Hallstatt.  Arguably the most beautiful town in Austria.


The Viennese certainly don't take the Christ out of Christmas
Punsch and Gluhwein might be one reason the Viennese are so festive during Christmas

Ornaments.  Ornaments available everywhere during Christmas.
Pumpkin Festival.  The Austrians seem to have a festival for everything.

Beautifully Rugged

Solden ski resort.  This one should be framed.
Hochkonig.  Epic powder day.
Stubai Glacier

Charming & Elegant

Is that Mozart I hear playing in the background?
Charming and elegant Lisa at the BonBon Ball
Sometimes charming and rarely elegant Clint at the BonBon Ball
Debutante Waltz in the Grand Ballroom of the IAEA Ball

(Still) Decadent

Apple strudel with vanilla sauce

Reverent (But Not Really Religious)

If you can summit the peak, there is probably a cross on top of it (Raucheck, Werfen). 
The largest and most ornate cross we've seen is, appropriately, erected on top of the highest peak in Austria 

Sometimes Surly, Usually Arrogant
Hans' surliness and arrogance were endearing

Mildly(?) Racist

"Mohr im Hemd":   A non-PC name for a dessert.  Indicative of how minorities are regarded in Austria. 

Hydrated (With Alcohol, Of Course!)

Let's have another round!  
Something to drink after shopping for vegetables for the week?  Of course!
Lazing around at a "beach" bar along the Danube canal.

Farewell, Vienna!


  1. great wrap-up of your stay. you guys were fortunate for the experience and seem to have taken full advantage! sorry that you have to leave but look forward to catching up back stateside.

  2. thank you guys so much for keeping this going through your adventures! It's been awesome to live vicariously through you :-)