First thing first, dinner with a friend I met in Bhutan 😊. He took me to a popular restaurant in Vienna. The schnitzel was soooo good. I had never had such delicious and succulent schnitzel before. The sauce that came with it was perfect. I think it was a mixture of some berries. I don’t remember. The salad was so fresh! I can feel the saliva rushing out to my mouth as I write this. 😀 Yeah, I know, I could have just said ‘mouth-watering’ but wouldn’t it be better to describe how your saliva reacts? Ok. I will stop here. It does make me sound like a dog drooling. By the way, it seemed everyone’s native tongue was Deutsch in the restaurant. Ok. I will really stop talking about mouth and tongue now. 😜 When I looked around, almost all of them were locals. Almost. Because I wasn’t a local. 😊 My friend told me this restaurant was so popular and busy that he had to book it in advance. It was packed that day. The waiters were very quick in taking orders too. Very impressed.
Lovely food with lovely wine and kind people.
What more could I ask for?
After dinner, my friend toured me around in the city centre. It was so beautiful at night.
Speaking of Austria, a lot of people confuse it with Australia, I don’t understand why. The two countries speak different languages and they are so far apart and the pronunciation of these two words are quite different too. In fact, in my blog about my trip in Ephesus, Turkey, I mentioned the free walking tour guide I met in Izmir (he took his guests from his free walking tour to Ephesus on the same day as I went there) mistook an Austrian girl that I met at the train station in Selçuk as an Australian. He kept hassling the girl and saying bad things about Australia until she felt so uncomfortable that she left. Why did he do that? He whispered to me after the girl left, ‘I don’t like those Turkish who emigrated to other countries.’ I have no idea why he didn’t like them but I definitely don’t like the way he treated my newly met travel companion. He was supposed to be a tour guide and his guests were supposedly from everywhere in the world…
Anyway, let’s come back to Austria in 2012.
My other friend who is a musician / artist recommended me a few places in Austria. As a musician, she had been to Austria a few times.
Two of the places my friend suggested me to visit were Schoenbrunn Palace and Belvedere Palace. They are kind of close to each other so I decided to visit both palaces within one day. To do so, I needed to be at one of the palaces at the time when it opens and I did.
The church was closed but I could hear the monks chanting. I loved it so much that I sat outside and listened to them chant. It was so peaceful. It had some healing effects. Then my memories started to rush in – good and bad, sad and happy ones…
My phone vibrated.
I got a text message.
My friend in the UK announced that his first baby was born. Both the mother and the baby were fine.
I put down my phone.
I don’t remember how long I had stayed outside of that church for. When I turned around, the sun was setting. While I still wanted to continue to indulge myself in the spiritual world, I had to leave for the real world otherwise I wouldn’t be able to find a place to eat in town.
The reality was I really couldn’t find any place to eat so I bought some bread or something in the street for my dinner.
There was nothing in my room so I went to a common room to look for a kettle. I just needed some hot water. I met a German lady there who lent me her own kettle to make tea. We started having a chat. She told me she wasn’t in the retreat group so she was allowed to talk. Like me, she just wanted to stay in a quiet place while she was travelling there. I’d see her again the next morning.
I went back to my room and had a peaceful night. Sweet dreams until the next morning when…
27 – 30 March 2012
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