Today, we ate a light breakfast, our first in Vienna, and then headed to the Naschmarkt, something we have all been anticipating. It was different than other large outdoor markets we have been to, as it was sectioned off into restaurants, meats, cheeses, veggies and fruits and clothes/odds and ends. There were no tents, but actual stores, so I am wondering if we only covered a small part of it and did not find the real thing.
Anyway, we went to scope out some lunch, and we found the veggie options slim. Well, in Austria they cook EVERYTHING with meat, and if you ask for the cabbage to be without the speck, they tell you, "Well, there is only a little?"
We found a man selling falafel sandwiches, and after our experience in Paris with falafels, we knew they would be a safe bet. He used a tortilla to wrap the goodies in, oddly, we were expecting pita.
But, good to know we can get tortillas here! He layered on thickly hummus, 3 falafel balls, 2 kinds of cabbage salad, tomato and eggplant sauce and then spices. The sandwiches we yummy and filling, and 3E each, deal
We then commenced with our shopping and purchased fruits and veggies from a cheeky vendor who would only let you taste if he put the food into your mouth.... after licking his fingers to get a bag, eating a cherry himself, spitting the pit into his hand and then picking up another to feed you. Um, well, I tried the I am not hungry approach, but he did not seem to get the message as he proceeded to shove the cherry into my lips. I appreciate friendliness, but wanted to drink the antibacterial I had with me at that point.....
We walked home with our booty and cooked our first real real meal in Vienna, stir fried rice with veggies. Not bad, considering the pans are all aluminum and water sticks to the bottom. We have 5 large plates, a few glasses, 2 coffee cups, a cool blender/food processor thingy machine, a terrible coffee pot that flings open while brewing, producing a litany of curses from me, as we have 3 precious hand towels which we use to dry dishes.
Our house is a great sise for us, very quiet and cool. We found out they do not use top sheets in Austria in general, so we are scrounging for cooler coverings than the down ones provided. All in all, after two days of crabbiness, many moments of doubt, and random sobbing bouts by myself, I think we will like it here.
Auf Wiedersehen aus Vienna!
Vienna is a funny city. All of the advice I received from travel sites, friends and authors has not done it justice. The only thing that we find true that we learned is that Vienna is a VERY clean city, not nearly as much poop as other major European cities: ). The people are terribly friendly and go out of their way to help you, even with a language challenge. It is also easy to navigate the public transport once you get the hang of it, like most metropolitan transport, but with many options.... subway, train, tram and bus.