Before coming to Europe, I did not have any particular plan but I was required to submit information regarding accommodation and flights. So I made up a trail and reserved several hostels in random cities. I never expected that I would indeed follow this route.
Although I reside in Australia, I still have a passport from a developing country which means tons of documents plus nerves whenever I apply for visas. Regardless of the paranoia and extra fees, the upside of this is seeing lots of visas in your passport.
Vienna was part of my temporary route though later on, visiting it became a reality. At this point, I was being careful of my finances since I was close to being terribly broke. My primary reason for stopping by Vienna was to meet my mentor who works in UNODC.
I mostly walked around the historic site Innere Stadt (first district) wherein most of the city’s oldest buildings are located. Several famous sites such as Hofburg Palace and Stephensplatz are also found within this area. As the weather was nice and cold, I walked around the Ring Road wherein many grand buildings are located. I did not enter any site rather I just let myself get lost and walked (a lot).
It was nice to see kids and adults alike have fun in the skating complex just near Rathaus.
I somehow ended up in Hundertwasser House, I thought it would be short walk but it was quite far. I took the tram on the way back as I don’t think I had the leg power to walk back.
Just because I’m broke doesn’t mean I would scrimp on my food. Food, most especially desserts are my biggest weakness. After a long walk, I decided to indulge in this heavenly Apple Strudel.
I will never forget those Russian goodies I had in Naschmarkt. I won’t say it’s my favorite but it was definitely interesting. The market exudes diversity as you can help yourself with the variety of food and products from different cuisines in here.
I would love to visit here as many historical icons that I have read in books were regulars here. Is it not awesome to be in the same league as Trotsky and Lenin? Then again, judging from the long queue, looks like it was not only me who had that mindset. I skipped this for a future visit.
I can say that my short stay in Vienna went pretty well. I did not do much but it was nice to enjoy the laid-back, bohemian atmosphere the city had.