Running in: Vienna

Vienna

Vienna! Our second-to-last stop before heading home. We were staying near Cafe Central (the most well-known Viennese cafe, where Lenin, Trotsky, Hitler, Freud used to hang).  I had a bunch of work to do while there (I was presenting to our research group) but tried my best to explore as much as possible.

We didn't get around to running in Vienna until one of our last days there. In the morning, we set out in the direction of a big building in the skyline we'd seen in the distance the night before, which turned out to be the University of Vienna. Then we turned into the Volksgarten and got to run along a gorgeous, endless maze of rose bushes. From there, we ran to the Burggarten, another park, with a big butterfly house in the middle, before looping around and coming home. We were trying to spend out our euros before moving on to Budapest (which isn't on the euro yet), so we spent all of our remaining €s on Viennese pastries.

Now that I'm home, I really can appreciate what a great schedule I was on there. I didn't start working until noon (to maximize overlap with my office at home), so I had all of the advantages of being a morning person without actually having to wake up early. I could run, or walk, or go shopping, or have a very leisurely breakfast, wander, anything. In the evenings, there was enough time for Naschmarket, Secession, Kunstforum, and US v. Germany (most Austrians seemed to be cheering for the US.)

GLOBE MUSEUM. A ton of very old, inaccurate globes.

GLOBE MUSEUM. A ton of very old, inaccurate globes.

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Big old thing on our building. This really should have been mentioned on the airbnb listing!

Big old thing on our building. This really should have been mentioned on the airbnb listing!

Two of my colleagues are Austrian, and they sent me to some great restaurants and cafes. I forget the name of this one, but I had an amazing cheesy thing (as a vegetarian, all of my food was very very cheesy.)

Two of my colleagues are Austrian, and they sent me to some great restaurants and cafes. I forget the name of this one, but I had an amazing cheesy thing (as a vegetarian, all of my food was very very cheesy.)

The very cool Hundertwasserhaus.

The very cool Hundertwasserhaus.

St. Stephen's

St. Stephen's

St. Stephen's

St. Stephen's