vienna on a sunday

Monday, February 14, 2011

went to church at st. stephen's cathedral
(and i'm not even catholic!)


ate cake for breakfast (you heard me) at the famous hotel sacher


showed erin around kaertner strasse
(1 of vienna's top 2 shopping streets)


tried/failed to explain to her the history behind the plague monument


took her to one of my fav. vienna sites, Schonbrünn palace
(went inside and toured it, too)


and the highlight of my entire weekend:

vienna is a huge city, alright? 1.5 million people. erin and i wanted to do a little "night out" - dinner and a movie (my absolute favorite kind of "night out"). we were seated at vapiano, waiting...waiting...waiting for our buzzer to go off. after 30 minutes, i stormed up to the counter, ready to voice a complaint (and in german, too!). after all, we had a movie to see. we'd already bought the tickets, we had somewhere to be. we were not missing the movie and i was not leaving until i got my pizza (i'm a force to be reckoned with when hungry....my mom tells me it's been this way forever).

as i was approaching the counter to complain, i saw....my boss's wife. (yes, the boss who brought me to vienna and allowed me to have the summer of a lifetime. the boss who made me want to work to the best of my ability every day. maybe the best boss i'll ever have. that boss. i loved my boss.) i gave his wife a double-take and then she recognized me. i asked, "is [your husband] here?!" she said, "yeah, he's right there!". i looked up and saw my boss standing in line and wanted to cry. it was so good to see them. getting to know him and his wife was such a fun part of my summer and seeing them again brought back so many memories (fun fact: they are in their late 30s and a picture-perfect couple....erica & i used to love seeing the glamorous outfits she wore to work each day!).

that's not the best part, though. the best part was when i said, "i can't believe i just ran into to you both! this is so random, i'm so happy to see you!" and his wife, jokingly, asked me, "you're not by any chance going to see a movie after this, are you?". i looked at her with wide eyes and nodded. "the rachel mcadams one?", she asked me. more wide-eyed nodding. "at the theater down the street!?" again, more wide-eyed nodding. "us, too!", she laughed.

and that was the highlight of my weekend.



28 comments:

Renee B. said...

Ohhh that sounds like a lovely day! I can't wait to visit someday. Definitely.

And yeah, Morning Glory? Not so much.

jenny said...

I stayed in Vienna for a few days a couple years ago... and your post brought me right back!! The ST. Stevens Cathedral.... GORGEOUS picture! Just breathtaking!!! I found you from Bridgets blog...pretty cool she's pregnant huh!!! (MORE than cool) And I am bummed that Morning Glory wasn't that great. bummer.

Brooke said...

what a great day!!! It's so nice when things like that happen :D

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Cait said...

omg i just came across your blog and i love it! ive vistied austria and germany before and my grandparents are from Vienna! Isn't it such a magical place :) Happy Vday dear!

Jan said...

So I'm assuming you got your food after complaining? What a coincidence that you ran into your boss in a city that huge.

Jenni Austria Germany said...

Mom, i LOVE that that is your comment. yes, i got the food. :)

Chelsea said...

This looks like so much fun. I can't wait until we can travel a little.

such great photos.

The Closet Digger said...

Great photos, I lovee Vienna! And that cake looks delicious...
xoxo

Anonymous said...

So I will totally come up with a thousand questions about Vienna now, I hope that's no problem. first of all, do you know any great spots for shopping (vintage for example) and for going out at night? or could you just make a general tourims part for young people? (like you and me ;)) this would be fabulous!! :)
greetings!

Kimbirdy said...

oh how serendipitous! i love when life gives you amazing gifts like that. and vienna is just gorgeous. i can't wait to go someday!

Mighty Burns said...

but did you get seated in time! lol dont leave me hangin man I was all on your side! lol I have stormed a few host stands in my day.. BUT I worked as a hostess so I feel like I know when they are lollygaggin around while I wait with hunger pains and when they are really busy and need a brake.

M said...

i loved Vienna when i visited! that is the palace with the butterfly garden or no?

danielle @ take heart said...

i am jealous of all of this. especially eating cake for breakfast

Mighty Burns said...

OH MY GOSH! A patient just walked in wearing one of those ugo hats with the fake hair on them from a past post of yours bahaha I gasped out loud, then cracked up.. oops.

Sick by Trend said...

gorgeous Viena. I need to go there! Congrats for the pics!!

xx

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Belle Armed said...

cake is the best kind of breakfast. hands down.

{av} said...

sigh. what an incredible visit--I wish I could have had cake for breakfast!

I adore random run-ins like that, especially ones that happen when you least expect it!

happy valentine's day! xoxo {av}

Jenni Austria Germany said...

@anonymous, i do remember a little thrift store....i'll have to look at my bus route and figure out the name of the bus stop. i remember it being super cheap and cute, too! i wish i had more recommendations but london is where my vintage spirit runs wild; i didn't do a ton of vintage shopping or thrifting in vienna. however, places to go out in vienna...yes, yes and yes! i have quite a few recommendations for this. i'll work on doing a post in the upcoming days!

Rachel said...

love cake for breakfast - definitely the best kind. and awesome that you got to see your boss! that's such a nice surprise!

Meg said...

Your Vienna photos have all been so gorgeous and it sounds like soo much fun. I want to visit. :)

stacey margaret said...

This city looks so beautiful, is this where you live? Adelaide is nothing compared when it comes to history and beautiful buildings. Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog, I am now following you, I hope you can do the same :)

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Raji said...

How great that you love your boss, and he's so kind of you, thats how it should be!
It looks and sound absolutely wonderful, beautiful pictures

Diana Smith said...

WOW what an awesome day! that would be a dream for me!!

The Smith Circle

mj said...

i love vienna. i will be following. so funny that you saw your boss and his wife too. small small world.

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Anait said...

I love serendipidous moments like that one! And I've only been to Vienna once, for only a few hours during a stopover, but the old town is GORGEOUS and I am hoping I can go back soon!

Jenna Robert said...

I'd go to that church too (and I'm mormon!) it looks BEAUTIFUL!