Day 30. The second phase of my trip consisted of a language school in Vienna. Yep, I thought I’d try to learn a new language while in Europe and, for no particular reason, I picked German. I guess I’m doing a kind of Eat, Pray, Love, mine being something like Drink, Learn, Wander. (It’s not exactly settled yet what I’ll be doing for the third phase of the trip, so…)
Anyway, I did a five-week course with Actilingua Language School and it was truly a great experience. My courses were in the afternoon, so I had all my mornings to explore Vienna, which turned out to have SO many more attractions than I initially believed.
My first week’s mornings were busy. First, there was a heat wave so I spent a day by the Donau river with a picnic while the weather still allowed it.
Then I visited the Mozart Haus—but the house in which Mozart was born, and where his instruments are kept, is in Salzburg, and that was for another week. It was still very interesting to visit the old building, to look at the street through the same window one of the greatest compositors of history once looked through.
Another morning I just walked in the Belvedere’s gardens–it was just across the street to school–and I sat on a bench to write. That morning was pretty much my definition of Absolute Freaking Perfection.
BTW: The Klimt Museum is in the Upper Belvedere, and is totally worth it.