Surreal

Vienna, Austria

In Vienna, I met up with Bernhard.¬† Surreal enough that I’m seeing another NUS friend outside of Singapore. ¬†But it turns out that wasn’t the only familiar face around!

A couple days prior, I caught up online with Anthony, a high school friend in Vancouver. ¬†Pretty much a day later, he showed up in Vienna, ready to embark on a Europe trip of his own. ¬†And who did he meet in his hostel? ¬†Percy, another high school friend of ours who happened to be travelling Europe. ¬†Hadn’t seen him in years!

Anyway, this is another quick entry. ¬†Bernhard took a day off and took me around town – again, this is so unfair. ¬†Vienna is full of pretty buildings, amazing museums, and so much culture! ¬†And to top it all off for me, Aloe Blacc and Sharon Jones (definitely one of my favourite artists) were due to perform and I wasn’t able to go!! ¬†Gah! ¬†As Bernhard puts it, there’s almost too much to see, too much going on – spoiled for choice!

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In all, I checked out the Hundertwasserhaus, a daring piece of architecture (akin to Gaudi’s works in Spain) made for social housing; the Belvedere museum, a wonderful collection of art featuring “The Kiss” and other paintings by Viennese artist Gustav Klimt, among others; the Albertina, another excellent museum whose photography exhibits were by far my favourite; and walked around the compact city centre.

And in the meantime, I had my downright surreal reunion with Anthony and Percy over some sachertorte (rich chocolate cake), had an enormous plate-sized wiener schnitzel with Bernhard, and sat and watched the sunset over the Danube with Anthony and Bernhard on…a fake beach, but still nice and relaxing.¬† But it’s just so cool that I got to hang out with friends from different places all in one spot.

The local culture seems so chill. ¬†Bernhard took me to a sausage stand where he and the proprietor proceeded to talk for awhile in German…the only thing I understood was the free beer he gave me. ¬†We headed over to the Museumsquartier to enjoy the nighttime hangout atmosphere, had an ice cream, ran around Mariahilferstrasse in the pouring rain… I enjoyed it all.

There’s so much to Vienna, yet in three days, I feel like I barely scratched the surface. ¬†Definitely warrants a return visit!

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