# The Road Wander

I’m aware that I’m a horrible travel blogger but I don’t think I’ve found the right words for my summer yet. I should have by now, but the truth is that you can’t rush reflection. I certainly can’t rush words, – especially not those capable of describing this summer. It’s been a lot of fun, that much I can tell you.

In lieu of more words or pictures, let me leave this fun little video here.

Dear Gina, I miss this every day. I miss you. Thanks for letting me tag along.
Dear America, thanks for being nothing but kind and welcoming to me.
Dear self, take the life lessons, take the good memories, keep both forever. Learn and grow.

 


Two girls. Three weeks. Eleven cities. Nine states. One car. A pack of cellery. A friendly dog. Tons of live music and maybe one drink too many every once in a while: The greatest summer adventure there ever was.

#TheRoadWander

 

Find Gina at http://anothertravelblogger.com/
Music: The Silver Screen by Boxhoused (http://www.boxhoused.la/)
(Tip: watch in HD ;-))

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Christmas in Vienna

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Have I mentioned that I think there’s no place more magical during Christmas time than Vienna? It’s the smell and the lights, the cold, crisp air. It’s the frozen fingers, red noses and scarves tied snuggly around your neck. It’s the myriad of Christmas markets on every major street and square. It’s little stands selling roasted chestnuts and roast potatoes. It’s meeting your friends over a mug of hot punch, warming your fingers, and then strolling past the stands giggling over all of the kitschy Christmas ornaments.

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So far I’ve been to two Christmas markets and loved them both. If you’re in Vienna during Christmas time I can recommend the “Weihnachtsdörfer“. There are four of them: one is located on the uni campus (Altes AKH) and another one is stunningly situated between the big museums (Museum of Art History and Museum of Natural History). Then there’s one in front of Belvedere Palace and the last one is in Schloss Hof (this is a palace outside of Vienna. Said to be gorgeous, though I have never been to that Christmas market yet.).
If you’re looking for the ultimate Christmas experience there’s the obvious choice of the famous “Christkindlmarkt” in front of the City Hall. This is one of the biggest (if not the biggest one in Vienna) and offers a lot of different things to do, eat, drink and see. The City Hall serves as a gorgeous backdrop, but the park surrounding it is not to be dismissed, either. Stunning lights all around.
Another one of my favourites is situated in front of the Karlskirche. I went there last year (and cannot wait to go back there this year!) they have cute little stands selling handmade jewelry, and a live Christmas crèche.
Last but not least there’s the Christmas market in front of Schönbrunn Castle. Another quite obvious choice as the location is utterly enchanting. No matter if you want to drink mulled wine or taste your way through the multitude of different punch varieties. If you want some jacket potatoes or roasted almonds. There’s something for everyone.

These are some of the bigger markets but always look out for the smaller ones as well (Spittelberg,  for example, is quite cute!).

The food and drinks are mostly the same everywhere; it’s the location that makes it to a unique experience. I’ve mentioned before that there are a lot of Christmas markets – luckily, there’s more than enough time to visit at least some of them :)
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Merry Christm… I mean Easter!

(Or for the German speaking folks: FROSTERN!)

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Happy Easter to everyone who celebrates it.

We’ve been kinda snowed in here – it’s pretty insane to be honest, but I don’t even have an opinion on this anymore to be honest. Spring will come… some time (soon, I hope).

I started my day with a delicious breakfast in bed, then went to hunt for easter eggs at my grandparent’s house before we had them over for lunch. It was super, super yummy. In my family we love to entertain and cook for guests, so that’s a huge plus.
We enjoy simple, good food. High quality food that you don’t haveto do much with. Something that’s easy and quick to prepare but pretends to be really lavish. Maybe you could say that we just like to cheat ;)

/snowed in in April? I’m so done.
/successful easter egg hunt.
/drinks (strawberry punch).
/fried eggs with red beet.
/lamb with chard and fried polenta.
/brioche with orange-curd cheese and orange slices on top.