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.