aren't austrians the best?

Saturday, February 12, 2011

i certainly think so.

i have a long-standing love affair with the country of austria,
in case you didn't know
and i love the people, too.

my friend erin and i went to vienna a few weeks ago.
{she is also an american living in germany, teaching english.}
when my old supervisor heard that i was coming back into town,
he insisted on picking me and erin up from the train station.
it was so, so good to see him
i hadn't seen him since the end of august.
(my last day at the embassy was very sad...
...saying goodbye to him was the worst!)

of course, just picking us up from the station
did not seem hospitable enough for dear, sweet manfred
so he took us to lunch
at a traditional, viennese restaurant
(since erin had never been to vienna before)
and of course he and the owner are old friends
(who in vienna is not old friends with manfred?...
...i would like to know)

now, where did we stay?
well, i still have a friend or two left in that city
so when erin and i were planning our trip,
i made my facebook status as follows:
dear vienna, who wants to house me & another girl next weekend?

i've said it before and i'll say it again -
the hospitality of europeans will never cease to amaze and humble me.
sometimes in america, i feel like we just don't trust each other....
maybe it's for good reason, maybe not.
i could tell story after story, though, about european friends taking me in
and never expecting anything in return.
i've found that austrians are especially awesome at this.

this story is no different.
eva's best friend teresa (whom i've met twice in my life)
not only offered her place to me and erin
but stocked it with groceries,
gave us our own key,
made up a bed with the softest, smelly-good sheets
and left haribo gummy bear packages on the pillows.
is she cute or what?

this apartment was nice.
and i mean niiiiiiiice.
like, i-don't-even-want-to-know-how-much-it-costs-per-month nice
and in such an awesome location, too.
and just outside of it?
a polish cafe.
i took a photo, naturally.

you have no idea how good it was to be back in vienna.
i've missed this city more than i realized.
i'm so grateful i could once call it home.
(more photos to come, obviously)
Barbara said...

it's so so nice to return to those places you have loved so much! vienna is beautiful! really looking forward seeing more :)
have a lovely weekend

Jan said...

Oh, Teresa sounds like the nicest person ever. I wish we would have gone to see you when you lived in Vienna.

Cecilia Turner said...

it's nice to hear that you think europeans are hospitable, I think it has lots to do with the changing world too. nowadays we live everywhere and hospitality is something we can enjoy so much more and use to invest in friendships too. Vienna is lovely, I especially love the Burgtheater, where they have the most incredible set for Shakespeare's 'Midsummernight's Dream' and very, very talented actors.

Brenna [fabuleuxdestin] said...

How lovely! And your friend is so sweet to host you. It's so refreshing to stay in a "homey" place when you're traveling/far from home!

Erin said...

i love hospitable people so much, i think it is just a amazing/rare quality.

and now i'm craving gummy bears since you mentioned them :)

Chelsea said...

cute hat girlie.

Rachel said...

sounds so nice. reminds me of the south - i miss southern hospitality

kimbirdy said...

aw, teresa sounds like the best gal ever! and your vienna adventures sound so perfect.

Eva @ Four Leaf Clover said...

I'm so jealous! I've been in Vienna once and it was only for about three hours on a pit stop from Poland to Switzerland. I loved it so much and can't wait to go back!

Melissa at said...

One thing I always miss when spending time abroad is that comfy home feeling. How wonderful that you were able to have that experience! :)

Megan said...

we are really cool european travelers..

we should win some kind of cool american turned european traveler award..

have you gotten used to public transportation?..because I havnt.

I literally laughed out loud at your comment on my post. ex of an A list celebrity...HILARIOUS.

boys are stupid. we will make it a girl weekend. duh.

Brooke T said...

wow it looks so nice there!! How sweet of him to take you to lunch and it's incredible how hospitable they are!

TexaGermaFinlaNadian said...

HI there! I just stumbled across your blog. I am an American living in Germany right now. This was the first year we lived close to Austria, literally 20 min away, and I feel in love with the country right away. It is beautiful with warm and friendly people.
I am looking forward to having an even better look around your site. All the best!

Antoinette Musik said...

Austria is such a beautiful country! I'm loving your cute woolie hat.

Anonymous said...

i'm dying to go to vienna! it sounds amazing. and i agree with you on the hospitality of the europeans! so giving and genuine!

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