Hello, Vienna, my old friend! It's been 8 years!
Now this time around it's all about visiting family. Get some bonding time in with the older sister and my youngest nephew. Maybe take a much needed break from all the photographing. Yeah. Put the camera away. Sit back. Relax. Enjoy the moment.
Clearly, that happened! =P
Deep down, I really wanted to photo document this trip again. Properly. I felt I haven't done it any photo justice 8 years ago, having only been in the city for 2 days. We crammed an unbelievable amount of touristy activities during that short stay. Then suddenly we were off to the next country. Now, with the gift of time, I've been given the second chance to see Vienna in a whole new perspective. Less touristy sites, more local scenes.
Yeah, local scenes. All thanks to my older sister, Nina, who showered us with nothing but hospitality and tons of souvenirs ... and sisterly memories! <3 So this is how it feels to be spoiled by an older sibling! But yeah, we couldn't have seen 'suburban' Vienna, places most tourists don't visit, without her 15 years of local living. It was such a refreshing experience! The real Vienna!
When we weren't hanging out with my sis and nephew, we walked. We walked through Stephansplatz, we walked through Naschtmarkt, we walked through Mariahilfer StraBe, we walked through some parks, we walked through the museum district - we walked through all the little streets in between. Just soaking in the city life and street visuals. Something we couldn't have fully appreciate 8 years ago.
Yes, things def felt more on a personal level with this city in 2016. We even took a break from the hostel life and AirBnb it for a bit! It was fun pretending we were locals. Sauntering downstairs to the local pub to watch a soccer match, meeting up a friend at Naschmarkt for dinner, making runs to the mini grocery store around the corner. Kinda glad we got most of the touristy stuff out of the way in 2008, because this has been a very memorable trip!
The one thing that we missed in 2008 and still missed out in 2016? It would've been cool to see a Lipizzaner horse show. But they were all sold out during our visit. Peak season, you see. No biggie. There's always next time!
When: June 2016
AirBnb Stay: Lara & Flo's. 63EUR/night. 15 minute walk to Stephansplatz. 5 minute walk to Naschtmarkt. 15 minute walk to Gerngross.
Hostel Stay: Wombat Hostel. 21EUR/night for 7 bed dorm. There is a stamp card for freebies.
Transportation: Metro, 2.2 EUR for one way trip.