We went to the ribs place on the Donau where we had celebrated my 21st birthday 4 years earlier. The three of them are doing well. The next weekend we spent the day with them as well. It was so great seeing friends again!
Our first stop was Stephansdom.
Here I am slightly to the right.
Stephansdom is a Catholic church built in the 12th century, with various additions and restorations in the time since then. There were two different churches in it's location before it was built in the 1100's, part of which can be seen in the subway station directly below, which is quite cool I must say.
Apparently, Beethoven discovered he was completely deaf when he saw birds fly out of the bell tower when the bells ran, but he couldn't hear the bell.
We evacuated the building soon after. I have still no idea where the smell came from, since there didn't seem to be a bathroom in the vicinity.
It was built in the 13th century in the Romanesque style and hasn't been changed since 1792.
Michaelerkirche again. It was beautifully decorated for some reason that I do not know.
I attempted to find my school but I think it moved.
We made a quick stop at Starbucks to check email, since our hostel didn't have WIFI. Mother emailed Adrienne about Swan Lake being in Vienna, but when we researched it, it was in St. Petersburg. Not quite the same place.
We ended up taking the subway after briefly going in a circle on the tram line and ending back where we started. I thought it was just me not understanding the tram lines until a Viennese woman asked me what had just happened and why we just went in a small circle.
We finally made it by walking from the subway, though it was a bit later than planned and the sun was setting. Whoops!
It's still a fantastically strange building though!
We sat on some benches in front of Stephensdom and enjoyed people watching and looking at the lights on the cathedral.
Unfortunately, it looks like we've photoshopped ourselves into the pictures. Just believe us when we say we were there!
The museum also talked about Sisi and her life. She married her cousin, Emperor Franz Joseph, who loved her a lot. She lost a daughter very early and her son Rudolph committed suicide at 30, which was when she withdrew from public life. She was considered very beautiful. She had an impossibly small waist, which she went to great lengths to maintain. She spent 3 hours a day having her hair and makeup done and exercised quite a lot. She loved ice cream, though, and allowed herself to eat it.
She was assassinated in Geneva. They made the point about how she was criticized during her life, but as soon as she was assassinated, she was idealized and idolized. The museum showed the rooms where the royal family lived. The rest of the palace is still used for various government purposes.
Afterwards, I headed to meet Hyojeong, another friend from German class. Adrienne decided to wander around on her own. She was very proud of herself for that and only managed to get lost once, but figured out how to get back.
Hyojeong and I met for a couple hours and talked about our lives since we last saw each other 4 years earlier. Once again it was as if time hadn't passed! It's amazing how that happens. She just finished up her graduate program in the fall. I also ate bratkartoffeln, which I completely forgot existed. It was as good as I remembered, once I remembered it existed.
Afterwards, I miraculously found Adrienne at our meeting spot and met Yu-ra again, since our first meeting had been cut short. We went to the ice cream place I frequented, which apparently had seating that I didn't know about. Adrienne read a book while we chatted. I was very impressed with myself for having a 3 hour conversation completely in German and only had to use the dictionary once.
Afterwards, Adrienne and I wandered about a bit more then headed back relatively early to the hostel, since we were catching an early train to Salzburg!