Greetings from an incredibly lazy Saturday afternoon in Vienna, where Bjarni is napping, and I should be working on a paper with an upcoming deadline, but keep procastinating (blogging included).. But hey it's Saturday, and we have a long weekend ahead of us, since Monday is Austrian national day (hence everything is closed). So taking it slow, should be completely fine, right?! I went to our local farmers market in the morning. Being in one of "immigrant" neighborhoods the market has a Turkish/Eastern European flair, which is quite neat. I happened to fall into conversation with the guys at one of the stands, who insisted that I should not pay for the avocado, I wanted to buy, when they heard I was "visiting" from Denmark. "No no, let me please pay for it." "You want some bananas? Take some bananas!!". I kindly refused, but couldn't resist when they offered to pose for a picture. Nice guys.
What's great about living in Vienna, is the fact that I can jump on a plane and be back home within an hour and a half! It's so ridiculously easy compared with the pain of traveling from the American west coast to Scandinavia. So, Friday I went back home for the first time after moving to Austria to meet my new nephew and to spent some time with the whole family for two and half intense days. It was GREAT to be see everybody again, and reflect a bit on life in Vienna from a distance. Weather was great and the fall colors amazing. Vienna is not so colorful - yet. I am definitely going to take advantage of the fairly cheap air fares again, so I can visit soooon.
Last week we had a couple of days with 27 degrees (80F). I was sitting outside at a cafe at 9pm in a T-shirt. And then all of a sudden temperatures dropped with what 20 degrees?! Today I have been wearing my hat and gloves. Talk about weather change! They even predicted possible snow fall next week, but now it seems like they have downgraded it to showers. Thank you for that. I'm not quite ready for winter yet.
Today our LA friends Cynthia and Tom made a stop in Vienna, and it was so much fun to see them again. We know them through USC, where Cynthia was my English teacher. They are of course also Ziggy's parents; our all time favorite golden retriever, which we have been taking care of some times when Cynthia and Tom have been out of town. We spent the day walking though the city, eating cake and drinking melange, and catching up on USC matters such as football and the spouses' club. They were so sweet to bring us nice presents: Bulgarian wine, a USC keyring, stickers and a beanie for Bjarni. The latter especially was an immediat hit for poor Bjarni, who has been hit by an evil cold. They brought me a very nice necklace with a Sacagawea dollar coin, a California magnet and cute earrings from Spain (now I just need to get my ears pierced..). So sweet of them! They also brought along a package from Harry and Kiss, who took over our old apartment, with our last mail and a book. Turns out I'm scheduled for a dentist appointment later this month... I suppose I have a good excuse for not showing up. Anyhow, we hope to see Cynthia, Tom AND Ziggy again back in LA before too long.
We just returned after a bike ride/run to the Danube insel and back. The weather has been perfect this weekend with lots of blue skies, and it seems like everybody has been outside to soak up whatever is left of summer. Despite mild temperatures around 20 degrees (app. 68 F) one just need to look to the changing colors of the trees to see we have entered fall. With more unstable weather conditions in sight, we went on a shopping spree yesterday for winter jackets, so now we are so ready for the low temperatures to hit.
October 1st marked my returned status as a student. So far it has just been a lot of reading. I have my first class tomorrow. That will be in German! I'm quite excited to see how that will go, or rather how much I will understand. I'll keep you posted.