Books, gardens and Sacher Torte

Trip Start Dec 11, 2012
Trip End Oct 17, 2013

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Flag of Austria  , Vienna,
Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Vienna - the city of my maternal ancestry. I have a close affiliation with this city, it being one of the few cities in Europe I could ever picture myself living in.

Seeing as we'd both been to Vienna together on a family skiing trip in 2011, we'd ticked off all the major touristy sites and had no qualms about simply going to the main shopping street, disappearing into a book store for a few hours and coming out with brand new reading material. Our hostel beds had reading lights, after all - a novelty that could on no account be wasted!

One of the main reasons we'd picked our hostel was because of their garden. As a general rule of thumb, a hostel with a garden must be booked immediately. Review checking not necessary. It might be possible that we spent most of our time reading in this garden in Vienna, rather than exploring the streets of the city. It was here that we met two English guys cycling through Europe.

We did manage to drag ourselves out, though, to enjoy an amazing slice of Sacher Torte at Hotel Sacher (a tradition performed by all Gassner women when returning to the ancestry city). Sacher Torte, for those of you who have not yet had the pleasure (and thus are trapped in dull unfulfilled existences) is chocolate cake with a layer of jam that is then covered in chocolate. Us Gassners have been known to move mountains for a single forkful. The both of us sat at the bar observing the trainee waiter (we feel you, bru) and counted the amount of cakes sold (1 cake every 6 minutes, meaning 10 cakes an hour, resulting in 100 cakes a day - poor trainee waiter does a lot of running).

Back at the hostel we met two girls driving through Europe (yes, we noticed the theme of transportation modes, too). They offered us a lift to Budapest and not wanting to spend another day in a bus, we took them up on the offer. We went to bed fantasizing about our new luxury mode of European transportation: by red VW bus (we tried saying "kombie" but Europeans just don't get it).

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Hannah 1 on

Let's live in Vienna together dude. We'll just like eat cake and watch shitty movies. It'll be sweet

aquirkybunchof2 on

We're totally in...

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