When will you realize… Vienna waits for you? – Billy Joel
Finally, Vienna at last! It was my first visit, and before coming to the city all I could think about Vienna is the Danube, Classical Music and Vienna Sausage. I must admit, I did not do my assignment about reading more on what to see or where to go around Vienna. Well, my plan of having no plans at all was absolutely perfect. I love strolling around the busy streets and spots in the morning, but loved it more in the evening hanging out in a bar, cafe or restaurant just people watching and even interacting with some friendly locals. At one time while inside the subway train during an afternoon rush hour, I had a very funny and somewhat scary experience with a friendly Austrian lady who told us to be careful not to bump his dog (which was concealed inside a trolley bag). I smiled at her and said that I won’t and I was not aware that there was a dog inside. Then she giggled back and said, “it is alright, but if you kill my dog, I will kill you”. I just smiled at her joke as a reply. She smiled back at me, but she repeated three times what she already said, “If you kill my dog, I will kill you”. Okay, so I guess she was serious about it and it was not really a joke. Lesson learned, Never mess with an old Austrian lady and her dog. But, it was nice and fun talking to her.
With just the free city map and a couple of tips from the people we met, Vienna is a fun place to tour. I wanted the city to educate and surprise me. Exploring a place whether famous or unknown, touristy or not, I tend to not expect so much. You always never know when a happy accident will happen and more often those accidents are the ones that truly defines the journey and the experience. Indeed it was. Vienna is magical, beautiful and friendly.