30 October 2013, and some!
The month of October brought many great things out of the woodwork to our corner in Europe. Cold weather moved in, which forced us to consume delicious cappuccinos and turn the heat on. Also to our excitement, Lizzie’s brother Harry, who allegedly studies in Vienna, returned from South Africa. He often stops by, eats all our cheese, and makes delicious currries. And lastly but not leastly, my twin Jalen came to visit Lizzie and me in Vienna. He currently studies engineering at DTU in Copenhagen, so his flight was neither lengthy nor expensive. Nice! During the week he was here, Lizzie thoughtfully planned many activities for us to do. Due to midterms, though, I was kept busier than I’d have liked. Still, we took Jalen to some cool sites in Vienna and even went to Bratislava, Slovakia! Check it:
Lizzie had been telling me for some time about a very famous Austrian architect that incorporates nature and similar natural effects in his art. Friedensreich Hundertwasser is arguably most famous for the thoroughly impressive Hundertwasserhaus in Vienna. Funny enough, Friedensreich’s last name translates as Hundred Water.
Then, we walked four blocks to the south, six blocks to the west, four more to the north, and then back six blocks to the east, and we found a second Hundertwasserhaus, albeit slightly smaller and different, it was equally impressive architecturally and aesthetically. Look at the wicked crooked staircase we found inside. We commenced its ascension, but were quickly thwarted by a grumpy tour guide. Still though, well done, Hundertwasser – most impressive indeed.
Bratislava was really chill. There weren’t many tourists, aside from some annoying Germans, the architecture was architectural, and the food was food-like. Seriously, though, Bratislava was quiet, charming, and easy. Also, we learned that “sdravo” means thanks, which is easy to remember! It sounds just like thank you, doesn’t it? Oh germanic tongues.
So, what do a Hundred Waters, Slovakia and, Jalen have in common? I’m sure you’ve learned the answer already, but those three things have nothing but this post in common. Ha! An anti-joke! Anyway, it was indeed a beautiful October here in Vienna, full with fall’s fury, but especially with Jalen’s wonderful visit.