Tuesday, 4 March 2008

Vienna Day 1-2: I'm not kidding, Vienna is pretty

I’ve decided not to blog diligently on daily basis because the comments are so few despite I've travelled so far. You are not easily impressed is it? Should I wake Mozart up from his grave?

Just kidding, the internet charge in my hotel is too expensive (Euros 3 per hour, that's crazy!) so I have to scrimp and save a bit.

Today is a total transformation for me, from a holiday maker to a business traveler. My tired legs can finally get some rest. Honestly, making my “8 hours shift” in Salzburg was so much tougher than a day in office here in Vienna.


Giving up the walking shoes for heels. I shall be a lady for 3 days.

I said a few days ago that I thought I was going to like Vienna because of its similarity with home. However, I have to say it differently now as it is not the “modern metropolitan” atmosphere that appeals to me; it is the churches and palaces that won me over. Although I have spent only 1 afternoon sightseeing so far, those amazing historical buildings I saw are enough to convince me how beautiful the city is. When I was at St Stephan, I lost all ability to reason… how can I explain to you this magnificent sight? The church which stood there since the 12th century, where Mozart’s wedding and funeral were held, which also survived the Nazis during WWII.



And finally, some decent weather... look at the beautiful blue skies; I have missed them for days.





I wish I was not traveling with a “photographer” of unknown statues and old buildings that afternoon… if you know what I mean. 走马看花 is not my style. What happened to history?

Anyway, I am thinking of creating a pseudo identity for myself, to patronise those strangers I met when I travel. "Where are you from?", Africa. "What do you do for a living?", Painter. "How are you today?", Sorry I don't speak English... haha I'm losing my mind. What am I saying here?

I will discontinue with recounting my daily mishaps because I realized they are nothing compared to what my other 2 colleagues have suffered over the last 2 days. Both lost their luggages on the way (they came separately) because their connecting flights to Vienna were delayed. One was stuck in Paris for a night and as a result was late for the meeting this morning. The airline managed to retrieve and delivered the luggage to one of them, but for the other, his bag is still stranded in Paris as of now. No change of clothes, no toothbrush, no nothing…. sad, sad, sad.

Moral of the story, never take for granted our national airline which is mostly (if not always) on time and reliable. Star alliance rules!

In place of the daily mishaps, may I introduce....

勇闯天涯笑哈哈...

Joke #1: I received a phone call from Paris yesterday night: “… can you tell me how much I need to tip the waiter?”

3 comments:

SSR said...

I'm a silent reader/stalker of your blog kekeke...twk and i are tuned in just that we are probably overwhelmed by jealousy to leave a comment.

SSR said...

I'm a silent reader/stalker of your blog kekeke...twk and i are tuned in just that we are probably overwhelmed by jealousy to leave a comment.

Ling said...

I know... PwC has my most loyal fan club! hahahha....