Life Becomes a Vacation Again!
Trip Start Aug 22, 2012
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Now, however, the dust has settled, as have we, and we finally ventured beyond the streets of Vienna. The first day trip of our European adventure: a journey to Melk.
Melk is about an hour outside of Vienna by train
A street fair/festival/market was being held the weekend we were there, and believe me when I say they had everything there. Whole chickens to devour, knock-off superhero toys (my favorite of which was an "Avengers" toy pack which included Captain America, Iron Man, Hulk, and the Batman), and, best of all, plenty of STURM, a beverage that deserves its own entry on this blog.
Somehow, we managed to navigate the throng of people and get up the hill to abbey itself. The building was impressive inside and out. And we had fortunately decided to go on the one day of nice weather Austria has enjoyed since we arrived here, so the view from the abbey was equally breathtaking.
After visiting the abbey (and procuring some of their homemade liquor), we hopped on a boat and took a ride up the Danube
Our boat dropped us off in the town of Krems which, like Melk, was a small, quaint locale nestled in the mountains. It was a nice alternative to the hustle/bustle of Vienna. Once in Krems, I asked Jaclyn what the plan was. Apparently, the plan was to not have a plan (or any idea where the train station was), and so the plan became "get lost in the streets". You'd think that such plans would be disastrous, especially in unfamiliar European towns. However, this is pretty much the way we usually fly out here, and it hasn't let us down yet.
At the end of the day, we found ourselves returning home with a feeling that might have escaped us a few times since we moved to Austria--the realization that we are actually living in Europe. As odd as it may seem, it can be easy to forget this when we're focusing on the typical mundane aspects of life.