Vienna morning

8.30 a.m.

I have a breakfast meeting at 9, and a meeting on campus at 11. And then I’m off to London.

I slept last evening with the window open, since my room did not want to cool down, and I wanted to sleep under the wonderful comforter on this most yummy bed at the Hilton Stadtpark Wien.

Of course that meant that nearby street construction — noisy and sounding like a banshee as metal scraped on metal — woke me wide open at 6.30 a.m.!

The water pressure in this hotel is astounding.

And the hotel bar, with a few dogs scattered about, is most warm and welcoming.

I’m looking forward to being back in Vienna in a few months for my research project! The list of museums and other places to visit keeps growing:

  • Albertina Museum
  • Leopold Museum
  • Melk Abbey
  • Walk every side street in the city centre and see all those wonderful little shops
  • Eat more paprika chips

This city has such a different feel than Moscow.  It’s much more compact, and inherently more walkable.  People stroll, rather than scurry.  People smile, something that doesn’t happen on sidewalks in Moscow, from what I can tell.  Moscow is austere; Vienna, warm.  From what I can tell.

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