The adventure continues…
In my last post I shared my first few days in Vienna, reunited with our family friends. With all of the exploring and catching up we did, it felt like a trip in itself. It’s pretty special to still be friends with someone since you’ve both been in diapers… or let alone could speak. Well, I’m sure we communicated in baby talk and devised some baby genius plans to take over a museum.
One day when we were getting ready to go to the city, one of our home exchanger’s neighboring relatives stopped by. Their aunt had just baked some kuchen, and happened to make an extra on the side!
These kinds of cakes give me a case of nostalgia, with the warming spices, the hint of acid from the powdered sugar… and oh yes the crust is my favorite part!
This is an artist village conceptualized by Austrian artist, Friedensreich Hundertwasser, and architect, Joseph Krawina. The structure is very eclectic–looking like a quirky recycled project–when in fact it is truly one of a kind.
We walked a few blocks down to a museum space called Kunst Haus Wien dedicated to Hundertwasser, and I was intrigued by what he tried to express through his art. This little piece on him can sum up the sentiments that came to mind after walking through the museum:
Hundertwasser, a visionary and responsible creator, mobilizes the power of his art in order to spread his message for a life in harmony with nature and the individual creativity.
He is a symbolic figure for a non-conformist way of life, a forerunner of environmental protection and an ambassador for a self-determined alternative existence.
A man who simply lived, but with a character as bold as the features of his face.
This shop had been a confectioner to the imperial court (and now the general public) since 1847–how’s that for gourmet?
Through Home Exchange you also have the option to partake in a “hospitality exchange”, meaning that you offer your home to a fellow exchanger even though you are there. My parents had done a hospitality exchange for a few people, and since then they’ve become friends. One of my parents’ guests in America was a couple from Vienna, Austria, so we reunited while we were there.
It was our friend’s first time cooking fish, and it was such a thoughtful and respectful gesture, especially to consider my personal dietary decisions.
This can be used in salads, on ice creams, pastas, pastries and a whole lot more–you just don’t want to use it for actual cooking. It has a unique flavor, and a very characteristic green… sounds perfect for Halloween!
I am so grateful to have met our two friends, first in Florida (munching on all the yucca and plantains in Little Havana) and then in Vienna… s’en donner à coeur joie! I went out with them, and they introduced me to their friends. We did things that I’m guessing a Viennese would do! Strolling around the city, stopping at the churches to see what events were going on (the Catholic church has a very strong presence there), checking out wine bars that offer peanuts for noshing while you slowly get drunk; and of course a trip isn’t complete without stumbling on the cobblestone, high heels and all!
Are you coming along for the ride?