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Published: December 23rd 2019
The morning started off with my pursuit of coffee...I was headed to District 1 to meet up with an old friend so I headed that way. My hotel is only 1 mile away from the central district so I was hitting the pavement...these boots were made for walking ya know!
Discovered Cafe Pruke...walked in and had a seat. I was given a menu and was only able to read two items...no worries...I can do this! Was able to order a latte and croissant.
As I was sitting there enjoying the ambiance and feeling pretty good about my mad, international skills I finally noticed the sign that read no credit cards, cash only! Uh oh...I had not taken the time yet to get to an ATM...what to do? My mind started a panicked scramble...dine and dash? (Okay, not my best moment I admit) But no, I can't do that, I WORK in a prison, I CANNOT GO to prison. And, an European one at that. Besides, I doubt that my bosses back home would appreciate that particular phone call. Also, it's not Pro-Social behavior...I'm a role model! Okay, scratch that thought...
Ummmm...would they let me run to the ATM
with assurances that I would return? No, not a good idea...come on Kristine, think!
Okay, play the helpless American and throw myself on their mercy while batting my fabulous eyelashes?(Thank you Sheila for the fabulous lashes!) Now, not sure the eyelashes were the trick, but luckily for me they were able to accept my US currency.
Whew...crisis averted and no prison for Kristine! Out the door I went and my mad, international skills came roaring back...I am woman and all that jazz!
Next item of business, my Starbucks cup. I always get one wherever I go and even though this city is know for it's coffee houses, there is no shortage of Starbucks to be found. Cup in hand, smile on face I now feel complete 😊
Quick drop off at my hotel room and I am off again to meet my old boss, Terry, at St. Stpehen's Cathedral. Crazy how big and small the world can be. He was in Vienna to help his son move into his new place and the timing was perfect. Terry took me around to cathedrals, palaces, the riding school and Christmas Markets. It was a bit of a blur
but the sights and sounds so wonderful. Terry also introduced me to Gluhwein...hot, spiced mulled wine! It is all over the markets and now I will be having to make it at home. Terry's son, Patrick met up with us as we were finishing our second helping of Gluhwein and they took me to a cafe to get a Viennese experience.
Coffee, cake and my first taste of Getman beer were had. Also, great conversation! Then it was time to part...so cool to catch up with an old friend so far from home.
It was then time to go to my cooking class...sadly, it was canceled, but I am all about flexibility and improvising! Off to the markets I went. I spent hours roaming the markets enjoying the sights. While Vienna is so beautiful during the day...the show of lights are spectacular! I was told I just had to get a hot dog so I did and without a doubt, best one ever. They stuff it down a roll of French bread and the sausage itself had melted cheese in it...yum! Wandering around, enjoying all the stalls, lights, decorations, music a people...this is seriously an awesome experience.
One more mug of Gluhwein and then I was ready to call it a day...WOW!
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