one of the happiest moments of my life

Saturday, May 7, 2011

was introducing my parents to a place i hold so dear to my heart.  it felt really surreal because my  life there was so fantastic that it often felt like a dream.  having my parents visit, though, somehow confirmed that it was actually a reality; a collision of two worlds, if you will.  i was so thrilled (though not surprised) that they loved my city and i think i was probably glowing with pride the whole time.  i get such strong pangs of longing and nostalgia when i recall any memory from salzburg but the memories from their visit are particularly special to me.

since it’s almost mother’s day…..i thought i would post some more photos of their visit, in hopes that it makes my mom smile!

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my dad, pointing to some kind of fruit or vegetable at the market in universitaetplatz.  i don’t know why he was pointing.  chances are he didn’t know why either.:

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i think we got ice cream every day.  for only a euro, why not?:2

me, standing in front of one of my classroom buildings on rudolfskai:

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my parents in caroline’s and my room.  i miss that room; one of the best living situations i’ve ever had…  and, coincidentally, the only time i’ve ever shared a room with someone.  i did, however, hate those horrid curtains….:

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mirabell gardens, looking as beautiful as ever.  i was particularly excited about showing my parents this since my mom is such a sound of music fan.:5

one of the dwarves in mirabell gardens (there are dozens and my dad loved them!  he took a picture of every single one, which made me really happy.):

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what i originally thought was a tribute to president obama, since i arrived in salzburg weeks after his inauguration.  turns out, it’s just a man on a gold ball.:7

salzburg, i love you.:8

mozart’s statue in mozartplatz:

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my dad, standing in front of their hotel.  i loved this hotel!  it’s located just outside of salzburg near the base of the untersberg mountain so they had to take a bus to and from town each day, which really stressed them out (they couldn’t ever remember the name of their bus stop).  silly parents. :10yes 

great….now i miss my parents.  i don’t miss salzburg, though – i’m there right now!  :)

15 comments:

wilybrunette said...

you're there?!!!!!!!!

oh man, that "obama" picture has me laughing big time.

Miss A said...

Wow, you're in Salzburg?? Lucky you! You must be thrilled right now :) Lovely pictures!

Jan said...

Yes this post is making me smile. Daddy is not just randomly pointing to a fruit or vegetable. He's pointing to mushrooms. He loves them and they were very expensive. I forgot about the ice cream we got. It was so good - the best ice cream in America (I mean Europe!!) Yes we loved the dwarfs. We went back to our room where they played Sound of Music 24/7 and watched to see which dwarf Gretl pats on the head!!

this free bird said...

awww this is wonderful. i totally understand how you feel - it was surreal to see my parents sleep in my bed, in my house some 3000 miles from where i came from. kind of made me cry

xo,
c

Mimi said...

awww, that is really nice! i was smiling while reading and looking at your photos. :D

<3, Mimi
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christine donee said...

that is so sweet. and cool. and your parents seem pretty awesome. i'm sure they are.

sarah nicole said...

Awww, I love this! What a fun time you must have had.

xo,

Sarah

Morgan said...

your parents are beautiful!
i bet it was awesome sharing memories with them there!

patience said...

i don't love somewhere so exotic but my husband and i moved out to victoria bc from ontario two and a half years ago and i know that feeling of wanting to share with with loved ones. i was sad that it rained and was randomly freezing cold the whole time my mother visited last year. my dad still hasn't come but i can't wait for when he does!

Megan said...

i would like to still believe that is a tribute to Obama.

remember that one time that girl stole your cake mix?

im still reeling.

arielle @ a beautiful journey. said...

so, so sweet. what awesome memories! :) it looks like a beautiful place..

TexaGermaNadian said...

Love this!! My parents came over to visit us for the first time this past fall and I was really excited to show them around my favorite spots too! Glad ya'll had a great time! Great photos, btw.

-E- said...

its actually a sculpture called "Sphaera" by the artist Stephan Balkenhol.

Madeline said...

i miss you, jan and jack!!! :(

Jenni Austria Germany said...

mom! i can't believe you remember that abput the mushrooms?