All of these happened last week but ayyy time is just a human construct so does it really matter?
First Museum!! So I have walked through the streets of Vienna countless times before finally finding a time to go IN to the beautiful buildings and Museums. I chose the Kaiserliche Schatzkammer (Imperial Treasury) as my first destination and it was stunning. I loved looking at all the antiquated and magnificent treasures, but at one point I just became disgusted. There was so much wealth, such grandiose displays of power and riches and it all just seemed so unnecessary and excessive. Especially when considering the lives of the ordinary people living under Habsburg rule, it is grotesque to think of these people financing the creation of extravagant object after extravagant object instead of using those funds to help their people.
Picture Descriptions in Order: 1) Me at the door to the treasury 2) The various keys to the treasury, an honor to be held 3) I can’t remember 4) Maria Theresa portrait, she was an incredible ruler who made lots of domestic reforms and diplomatic moves that greatly helped her people 5) Potence of the Order of the Golden Fleece 6) What everyone thought was a UNICORN HORN but what we now know is a narwhal horn, yay science, thanks for crushing our fantasy dreams 7) What historians think is the “Holy Grail” 8) This thing from Medieval times picturing a lion crushing a camel 9) Cool jewelry, 10/10 would wear 10) I’ve seen this painting of Napolean so many times in books and was really excited to see it in real life!!! 11) Napolean’s son’s crib, a super expensive gift given to them 12) I don’t remember but it looks cool 13) The Crown Jewels themselves! including “The Most Beautiful Crown in the World”
First Austrian Beer- Thoughts: Beer is gross. I know my ancestors are rolling in their graves and that I should not mention this sentiment around the Austrian, German, or Czech people, and I understand there is an incredible science and artistry that goes into beer making but honestly, it tastes like slightly carbonated, sour water and I am not a fan.
First Swim in the Danube! The Danube runs through Vienna and has lots of different sections and uses. The Donauinsel is the largest man-made island in the world and splits the Donau into a commercial (aka lots of ships) part and a recreational part. Swimming here is a blast and there are lots of docks to jump off of. The Donauinsel is so long that there are literally miles of space for people to lounge on the waterside so it is easy to get away from the crowds.
First Local Bäckerei: I finally went to my neighborhood bakery which is literally um die Ecke from where I live and doesn’t even have a name, just a big sign that says “Bäckerei.” It was so good and cheap and I got to read some newspapers written in German and just felt content overall 😀
First Time Wearing Long Sleeves! You all won’t understand how important this was. Vienna is hot this summer. Extremely hot. I feel like this city is trying to melt me. Changing clothes and taking showers midday are a regular occurance. BUT one day it was rainy, windy, and almost, temperate? I was finally able to wear some of the clothes I brought that I never thought would see the light of day here.